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D4 Initiatives

Established in 2015 by Vice Mayor Alix Desulme, these initiatives will continue to uplift residents of District 4 in the city of North Miami. District 4 (D4) Initiatives strive to improve the quality of life for residents while transforming neighborhoods throughout the community.


NoMi Leaders in Training Program Overview

Program Purpose:
The City of North Miami’s Leaders in Training (LIT) Program, is designed to develop our city’s next generation of public servants through higher education preparation, career readiness and enhanced understanding of local civic processes. The program will serve as a pipeline and pre-requisite for North Miami residents, grades 9-12, to transition into the city’s signature Youth Opportunity Board (YOB) Summer Internship Program. Upon completing the program’s hands-on professional leadership training, participants will gain soft skills needed to succeed in any profession. 

This initiative was created by Councilman Alix Desulme in collaboration with Patricia Elizee, Esq. The LIT Program is facilitated by Marilyn Paris-Lawson College Readiness Access and Motivational Services (CRAMS).

Program Components:

LIT includes three focus areas:

  1. Career Readiness: Many young residents are in need of resources to help them identify a career focus. Few understand the preparation involved in landing the ideal job opportunity. Through exposure to various career paths in the field of public service, LIT provides practical guidance for cultivating hard and soft skills required for life-long professional success. LIT assists youth participants in identifying and matching their individual interests, talents and skills with complimentary career opportunities. During this process participants receive a general overview of the responsibilities and functions of municipal government, by engaging with various department directors and learning their roles and contributions to the City of North Miami’s daily operations.

  2. Leadership Development: LIT program participants will be taught to recognize various professional leadership styles. Participants will learn how to apply these styles to chosen career interests and goals.

  3. Civic Engagement: Through one-on-one interactions with the City of North Miami’s elected officials and observation of government operations, LIT Program participants will be taught the fundamentals of government service, structure and leadership. Youth will also witness firsthand North Miami’s government practices and processes from the perspective of the City’s elected leadership.

Application Requirements:

  1. Prior to LIT Program consideration, potential candidates must submit the application on-line.
    Click here to fill out the application.

  2. COPIES of the following documents are required to be submitted with your application:

    • Picture I.D. (driver’s license/identification card/school I.D.)
    • Proof of Residency (current water bill or FPL bill)
    • Proof of Age (birth certificate)
    • Proof of Household Income
      • Last 3 consecutive pay check stubs (all house hold members who are 18 and older)
      If unemployed, parents must fill out an unemployment affidavit If no income, parents must submit a notarized affidavit certifying zero income
    • Recent Tax Returns with corresponding W2
    • Resume
    • Two (2) Reference Letters
  3. Once chosen, you will be notified to attend, along with a parent or guardian, a mandatory program orientation to discuss participant expectations.

  4. LIT Program candidates are required to successfully complete an 10-week training course.

Household-Size Income Eligibility

1 person 2 persons 3 persons 4 persons 5 persons 6 persons 7 persons 8 persons
$44,100 $50,400 $56,700 $62,950 $68,000 $73,050 $78,100 $83,100

Effective April 19, 2018 – Established by Federal Guidelines – Subject to Change.

 Program Location:

The program will take place every Saturday, from 10:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., at Joe Celestin Center, 1525 NW 135 Street, North Miami, FL 33167, dates to be announced.

Program Objectives:

Throughout the program, participants you will develop skills and proficiencies in the following areas:

  • Career Exploration
  • Self-Assessment of Skills & Abilities
  • Time Management
  • Workplace Organization
  • Job Interview Skills
  • Customer Service Strategies
  • Business Etiquette
  • Telephone Etiquette
  • Professional Attire
  • Municipal Leadership
  • Civic Engagement
  • City Council Structure

***Youth completing the program successfully will receive certificates of participation from the City of North Miami.

Youth Opportunity Board, Summer Internship Program:

The Youth Opportunity Board of the City of North Miami is funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) is once again recruiting income eligible students for placement in paid internships with the City this summer. The internships will allow selected income eligible applicants who meet the below income limits an opportunity to learn and become involved in the workings of local government.

All currently enrolled high school students who are 16 years of age or older and are RESIDENTS OF NORTH MIAMI, will also have to verify household income and assets. Interns will be paid 20 hours a week and have an opportunity to volunteer additional hours.

For more information about the Leaders in Training Program, please contact City of North Miami Community Planning and Development Department Community Education Coordinator, Pegy Boule at 786-332-5240, ext. 102 or via email pboule@northmiamifl.gov.


Chinatown Cultural Arts and Innovation District

On February 23, 2016, the North Miami City Council unanimously approved a resolution designating 16 blocks along North West 7th Avenue between North West 119th Street to North West 135th Street as a Chinatown Cultural Arts and Innovation District. The Chinatown master plan once completed, will serve as a design guide to ensure the future growth of the community and would make North Miami the first City in the state of Florida to officially develop a Chinatown.

For more information about the Chinatown Project, please log on to the project website: NorthMiamiFuture.com.

Resolution No.

A Resolution of the Mayor and City Council of the City of North Miami, Florida, authorizing the designation of the commercial areas along NW 7th Avenue between NW 119th Street to NW 135th Street as a ‘Chinatown Cultural Arts and Innovation District’; further authorizing the Interim City Manager to do all things necessary to create a master plan to serve as a design guide to ensure the future growth of the subject area; providing for an effective date and for all other purposes.




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Pictures from City Delegation - China Visit (Coming Soon) 

Economic Development

"D4 Back to Work"

Since the last census, the population in North Miami has been increasing, so has the unemployment rate in North Miami. Employment opportunities — especially low to entry-level jobs for people with limited education and skills are harder and harder to find. Roughly thousands of residents in District 4 are unemployed and do not have access to jobs to give them livable wages.

“D4 Back to Work” The main goal of this initiative is to seek out and provide employment opportunities for residents living in District 4 by making connections with developers, job placement agencies, and career resource centers. The SoLē Mia Local Preference Office is looking for North Miami residents to provide FREE VOCATIONAL TRAINING in air conditioning & heating, carpentry, electric, or plumbing industry. Contact the SoLē Mia Local Preference Office for information on how you can receive a FULL SCHOLARSHIP today. Call 786-801-1366 or stop by the office located at 12540 N.E. 8 Avenue.

Keep D4 Clean Initiative

In partnership with Keep North Miami Beautiful, residents can gather together to schedule clean-up efforts in District 4. The City will provide water, snacks, and items needed for the cleanup. For more information and to schedule a clean-up, please call the District 4 office.


"Let's Eat Healthy in D4"

It is an initiative led by the office of District 4 Councilman Alix Desulme. Councilman Desulme is partnering with Youth Education through Sports (Y.E.S) and Farm Share to bring food to families and individuals in need in District 4.

Part of Councilman Desulme’s Healthy eating agenda is feeding individuals and families in need. This initiative is an effective, efficient way to get fresh produce, dairy products, and other grocery items to low-income residents.

Fitness: Sign up for membership and register at the Joe Celestin Center for Yoga, Body Sculpting, and Cardio workouts TODAY! Membership includes access to the Gymnasium, Game Room, Computer Lab, Reading Room, and Special Programs and Events.

Nutrition: Residents who live in the city of North Miami will receive healthy foods twice per month. Special accommodations are available for the elderly and disabled residents. Registration is required. Call 786-570-9502 for more details.

Senior Program: The city of North Miami’s Golden Silver Senior Program strives to provide the best quality recreational, educational and social programs to promote healthy aging while keeping our seniors engaged in their community. The group meets every Wednesday at the Joe Celestin Center from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Stop by the District 4 office to register.

Seniors in this program will enjoy:

  • Nutritious Meals
  • Social Services
  • Wellness & Fitness
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Education Workshops
  • Volunteer Opportunities
  • Field Trips
  • Games
  • Indoor and Outdoor Activities

Residents who live in the city of North Miami, especially District 4 will receive healthy foods twice per month. To participate, residents will need to register with Councilman Desulme’s district office to get a personalized card. Special accommodations are available for the elderly, and disabled residents.


  1.  Must be a resident of North Miami (priorities are given to District 4 residents)

  2. Must register prior to food distribution date


On the day of food distribution, the doors will open at 3:00 p.m. (residents must bring a box to carry an allocation of food). Each household may receive one allocation of food. After the truck arrives on site, the food is unloaded, sorted, counted, the distribution begins. We anticipate finishing by 6:00 pm.




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