Orlando Community & Youth Trust, Inc.
595 N Primrose Dr
Orlando FL 32803
Contact Information
Address 595 N Primrose Dr
Orlando, FL 32803
Phone (407) 246-4320
Fax (407) 246-4038
Web and Social Media
Donate with a credit card http://orlandotrust.org/
The Orlando Community & Youth Trust, Inc. (OCYT) supports the mission of the City of Orlando Department of Families, Parks and Recreation (FPR). It is FPR's fundraising entity, leveraging grants and philanthropic support that enhance the quality of life of youth, families, and senior citizens living in the City of Orlando.  Example of programs supported by OCYT include after school, academic, arts and athletic programs serving children residing in the City's most disadvantaged neighborhoods, and programs that support the environment, including the acquisition, development and improvement of public park land and the planting and protection of trees.
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Brenda March
Board Chair Ms. Lisa C. Early
Board Chair Company Affiliation City of Orlando
IRS Ruling Year 1996
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $700,650.00
Projected Expenses $610,008.00
The Orlando Community & Youth Trust, Inc. (OCYT) supports the mission of the City of Orlando Department of Families, Parks and Recreation (FPR). It is FPR's fundraising entity, leveraging grants and philanthropic support that enhance the quality of life of youth, families, and senior citizens living in the City of Orlando.  Example of programs supported by OCYT include after school, academic, arts and athletic programs serving children residing in the City's most disadvantaged neighborhoods, and programs that support the environment, including the acquisition, development and improvement of public park land and the planting and protection of trees.

Top Accomplishments in FY13-14:

1. OCYT met - and exceeded - it's revenue targets this fiscal year, raising approximately $900,000 for programs and facilities that improve the quality of life of Orlando's youth, families, and seniors.
2.  The Board conducted an intensive review of options to transition from an organization that has not traditionally employed staff to one that does.  In August 2014, the Board approved a contract with a staffing agency so, beginning on the first day of the new fiscal year, Oct. 1, 2014, OCYT will have the capability of employing its own staff instead of merely relying on in-kind staff contributed by the City of Orlando.
3. Funds leveraged by the Trust for Parramore Kidz Zone over the past several years allowed the City of Orlando to test a new model for providing intensive academic support services to Parramore youth.  This year, as a result of the success of this pilot, the City agreed to fully fund this model using City General Revenue dollars.
Top Goals for FY14-15:

1. Continue to raise funds to achieve the mission of the organization, including increasing fundraising revenues through existing and new events and successfully landing grants through focused grant writing efforts.

2. Transition the organization from one that has not traditionally employed staff to one that does.

3. Update the organization’s website and engage in successful marketing to raise visibility of the organization and facilitate on-line donations.
Independent Research has been conducted on this organization's theory of change or program effectiveness? Yes
  1. Grant and donor funding of approximately $800,000 to support the enhancment of Orlando's families, park and recreation programs and facilities.
  2. Gifts in-kind that can be distributed to needy children and families in Orlando, including school supplies, furnishings, clothing, canned foods, event/venue tickets, and baby items.
  3. Corporate partners willing to employ City youth at their worksites.
The Orlando Community & Youth Trust, Inc. was created in 1994 to leverage and administer public and private grant and philanthropic funding to support the mission of the City of Orlando Department of Families, Parks, and Recreation, "to enhance the quality of life of youth, families and senior citizens living in the City of Orlando." To achieve its mission, the Department operates a wide range of public programs and facilities, including afterschool and summer camps for children, 16 community centers, a pottery studio, 2 senior centers, an environmental center, 11 community pools, learn-to-swim and adult fitness programs, over 100 public parks including Lake Eola Park and Bill Frederick Park at Turkey Lake, tree planting and neighborhood green-up programs, public ball fields, tennis and basketball courts, youth athletic programs, and the City's Parramore Kidz Zone program.
City staff provide their services to the Trust pro bono, thereby reducing the Trust's staffing and administrative costs.  This allows the Trust to direct most revenues to the enhancement of the public's families, parks and recreation programs and facilities.
NTEE Information
Primary Organization Type Youth Development
Primary Organization SubType Youth Development Programs
Secondary Organization Type Environment
Secondary Organiztion SubType Botanical, Horticultural & Landscape Services
Tertiary Organization Type Recreation & Sports
Tertiary Organization SubType Community Recreational Centers
Areas Served
Geographic Areas Served
FL - Orange
The primary geographic area served is the City of Orlando and its residents.
HelpWhat is the organization aiming to accomplish? This is the organization's ultimate goal for intended impact. OCYT aims to enhance the quality of life for youth, families, and senior citizens living in the City of Orlando. Understanding that better outcomes can be achieved when a community comes together to engender "collective impact," OCYT leverages resources from the City of Orlando, on the one hand, and grants, philanthropy, and partnerships on the other, to achieve a collective mission.  An estimated 80% of OCYT funds are invested in programming in neighborhoods of concentrated poverty, with the remainder in programs that support the environment; including the acquisition and development of public park land and the planting and protection of trees. Examples of programs operated by OCYT include the coordination of bicycle, food and clothing donations, college scholarships, field trips and tutoring that benefit low income children; organizing volunteers to build playgrounds at City parks; and managing the day-to-day operations of Parramore Kidz Zone (PKZ), a multi-component, multi-agency replication of Harlem Children's Zone in Orlando. OCYT believes that the well-being of our community, including and especially that of the City's most disadvantaged children, is the shared responsibility of all sectors. It is within this context that OCYT leverages grants and philanthropy which, when combined with resources provided by the City of Orlando, engenders a collective impact greater than any one sector can accomplish on its own.
HelpWhat are the organization's strategies for its stated long-term goals?

OCYT is able to leverage a strong relationship with the City of Orlando and strategically invest community, grant and philanthropic support in the City’s Families, Parks and Recreation (FPR) programs and facilities because, by virtue of its By-Laws, several Board positions, including the Board Chair, must be comprised of senior leadership of the City’s FPR Department. This also leverages significant City staff support provided in-kind to OCYT. In the near term, two key building blocks for future success are: 1) improve communication capabilities/branding of OCYT (and the City programs it supports) to increase contributions; and 2) improve capacity to leverage and administer increasingly complex sources of funding by adding staff in the areas of grant writing, donor development, and marketing, through a combination of City and grant/donor funding.

HelpWhat are the organization’s capabilities for doing this? What resources, capacities, and connections support its progress towards long-term goals? OCYT is able to accomplish these goals because it can count on a vast array of resources provided to it by the City of Orlando, Department of Families, Parks and Recreation (FPR). FPR operates Orlando's public parks, recreation facilities and programs, including more than 120 parks, 16 recreation centers, 2 senior centers, 11 pools, numerous public ball fields, tennis courts, gyms, playgrounds, fishing piers, as well as a wide range of public benefit programs, such as youth after school, arts and athletics programs. The FPR department has operated youth programs for nearly 50 years, including a long and distinguished record of serving the City's low income community. In addition to access to all of these resources, OCYT receives comprehensive managerial, technical, and administrative FPR staff, in-kind and at no cost, as well as access to the broad relationships the City has with corporate, non-profit, faith and public partners throughout Orlando.
Parramore Kidz Zone aims to "move the needle" on juvenile crime, teen pregnancies and educational achievement in Orlando’s highest poverty neighborhood. PKZ engages Parramore’s children in programs that support their success, such as pre-k education, youth employment, mentoring and tutoring. The programs are offered by a coalition of non-profit, government, faith, business and civic organizations. During the most recent program year for which data is available, 1,659 youth participated in PKZ programs, including 595 who participated in after-school/academic assistance programs; 818 in health and wellness programs; 517 in youth development programs; 207 in early learning programs; 166 in cultural arts programs; 135 in high school diploma and college access programs; 106 participated in one-on-one mentoring; 131 youth were employed and 294 participants received emergency economic assistance. The project has contributed to an 87.5% decline in juvenile arrest and a 32% decline in teen births among Parramore youth since 2006, as well as improvements in State educational test scores (FCAT)  for Parramore students.
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service.
Short term success is determined by the number of children enrolled in PKZ programs, including pre-kindergarten education, mentoring, tutoring, after school activities, youth employment and college access programs, health care, and programs that support family economic stability.
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state.
The goal is to "move the needle" on child well-being in a severely disadvantaged neighborhood where 73% of children live below the Federal poverty line.  The result will be substantial and sustained reductions in the neighborhood's juvenile crime, teen pregnancy, and high school drop out rates.  Ultimately, a "critical mass" of children residing in the "Zone" will transition to well-educated, healthy, successful adulthood.
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.
The program is being evaluated by an external evaluator, the Florida Healthcare Coalition.  Evaluators have conducted a baseline household survey of 100 randomly selected households in Parramore, and will repeat the survey at 5 year intervals to determine if families report a change in conditions.  In addition, data on children's educational performance, juvenile crime and teen pregnancy rates for neighborhood children is reported annually to track trends.

OCYT supports the City’s Recreation Division, which offers safe, affordable after school programs and summer camps for over 2,000 children each year at 15 recreation centers. 89% of attendees are from low or very low income families. The programs include a diverse array of activities, such as homework time, computer lab, arts and crafts, and fitness.  In addition, approximately 200,000 people benefit from the Division's athletics programs and facilities, including youth football, basketball and baseball leagues and more than 100 ballfields, pools, basketball courts, gymnasiums, fitness centers, and tennis courts.  OCYT also raises funds to support the two senior centers operated by the Recreation Division.  These sites feature a wide range of programming. The Trust supports these programs and facilities by raising dollars to cover the cost of supplies, equipment, special programs, field trips for children, scholarships and more. 

Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Elderly and/or Disabled
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state.
As a result of participation in these programs, City residents enjoy the benefits of active living and community engagement, leading to improved health and mental health.  In addition, the City's after school and summer programs for children provide parents with safe and affordable places to leave their children while they are at work, improving child safety and family economic well-being.  Finally, after school tutoring, computer access, learn-to-swim programs, athletic training, and other services offered by the Recreation Division support the development of a wide range of skills in City children that will help them be successful in life.
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.
The Recreation Division carefully tracks utilization of each of its programs via its CLASS data system.  Numbers of users are monitored daily, weekly, monthly and annually to inform decision-making regarding allocation of resources.
Examples of SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.

Over 2,000 children attended the City's after school programs and summer camps in 2009 and some 200,000 people utilized the City’s athletics programs and facilities.

Description OCYT supports the City’s Parks Division, which manages all public playgrounds and the entire City street tree canopy, as well as 113 parks, including Lake Eola Park. The Trust engages private donors to purchase trees; build, renovate and maintain parks and playgrounds; and even helped renovate the iconic Lake Eola Fountain. The Trust also supports the Orlando Wetlands Festival at the Wetlands Park every year. At this beautiful natural park, with 20 miles of scenic trails, the Festival offers free, interactive activities to the public, including guided birding hikes, animal catch and release demos, live wild animals, and tree giveaways. Also, the Trust has partnered with KaBOOM! to engage community volunteers in the complete renovation – in a single day – of City playgrounds, such as the one at the John H. Jackson Community Center.  The Trust plays a key role in meeting the criteria needed for the City of Orlando to qualify as a Playful City USA.  This designation emphasizes the City's commitment to providing safe places for children and residents to play.  Members of the Trust Board of Directors also serve as the Play Board for the City of Orlando.
Population Served General/Unspecified
Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Lisa C. Early
Company Affiliation City of Orlando
Term Jan 2006 to Jan 2020
Board Co-Chair
Board Co-Chair Mr. Rodney I. Williams
Company Affiliation City of Orlando
Term Start Feb 2005 Jan 2020
Board Members
NameCompany AffiliationsStatusCertificate*
Mr. Chirag Bhavsar CNL BankVoting
Ms. Marcia Bowen City of Orlando - Recreation DepartmentVoting
Ms. Lisa C. Early City of OrlandoVoting
Ms. Yvette Hart-Metzger Celestial's Legacy CorporationVoting
Ms. Renee Jackson City of Orlando FPR Fiscal ManagerVoting
Mr. Michael Lawrence Office of CommunicationsVoting
Mrs. Kim N. V. Le Orlando HealthVoting
Ms. Jae Nale Orange CountyVoting
Mr. Rodney Williams City of OrlandoVoting
*This individual has been awarded a Certificate in Orientation to Board Service by the Edyth Bush Institute for Philanthropy & Nonprofit Leadership at Rollins College ebi.rollins.edu, the Central Florida Partnership www.centralfloridapartnership.org, and the Central Florida Foundation www.cffound.org.
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 2
Board Ethnicity
Asian American/Pacific Islander 2
Caucasian 4
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Other (if specified) 0
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 56%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Standing Committees
Standing Committees
Committee Name
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Board Governance
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Brenda March
Term Start Jan 2005
Email brenda.march@cityoforlando.net
Experience Ms. March serves as the Children & Education Program Manager for the City of Orlando's Families, Parks & Recreation Department. Born and raised in Orlando, Ms. March brings over 23 years of experience to the Trust, especially in the areas of program management, community organizing, and public relations. Ms. March has developed and led a lengthy list of programs during her 20 years of employment with the City of Orlando, including the Mayor’s Matching Grants program, Citizen Corps, and Neighborhood and Community Plans, and has also been appointed by the Mayor to facilitate numerous task forces, committees and community relation initiatives to inform and engage Orlando citizens in municipal government.
CEO Salary Range $0 - $50,000
Number of Full Time Staff 0
Number of Part Time Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 5
Number of Contract Staff 0
Organization has Fundraising Plan? No
Organization has Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Nov 2013
Management Succession Plan Yes
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes

 The Orlando Community & Youth Trust, Inc. collaborates with a wide range of organizations including but not limited to: New Image Youth Center, Inc., Simeon Resource and Development Center for Men, Inc., Orange County Healthy Start Coalition, Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, Heart of Florida United Way, Health Council of East Central Florida, Florida Health Care Coalition, Florida Department of Agriculture, Division of Forestry for the State of Florida, St. Johns River Water Management District, and Department of Environmental Protection.



AwardAwarding OrganizationYear
Children's Initiative DesignationState of Florida2009
Playful City, USAKaBOOM!2012
Tree City USAArbor Day Foundation2012
All-American City Award (Finalist)National Civic League2012
City Spirit AwardFlorida League of Cities2008
State Registration Yes
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Oct 01, 2013
Fiscal Year End Sept 30, 2014
Form 990s
Audit Documents
2011Management Letter
2011Board Letter
IRS Letter of Determination
IRS Designation Letter
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201320122011
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$28,567$30,263$30,263
Individual Contributions$161,399$39,667$347,257
Investment Income, Net of Losses$0$0$64
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$0$15,190$14,250
Revenue In-Kind$41,802$8,789$0
Expense Allocations
Fiscal Year201320122011
Program Expense$763,093$641,552$429,330
Administration Expense$8,682$12,040$13,886
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.270.930.91
Program Expense/Total Expenses99%98%97%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201320122011
Total Assets$544,040$324,625$368,188
Current Assets$539,623$318,208$358,188
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$15,079$4,099$0
Total Net Assets$528,961$320,526$368,188
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201320122011
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountFoundations and Corporations $748,442Foundations and Corporations $509,838Individuals, Foundations, Corporations $347,257
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountIndividuals $161,399Individuals $39,667Government $30,263
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountRevenue In-Kind $41,802Local Government $30,263Special Events $14,250
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities35.7977.63--
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
CEO Comments
Foundation Comments
Financial figures taken from IRS Form 990s. 
2011, 2010: Contributions from foundations and corporations are included in total for individuals, as they were not separated on the IRS form 990.
Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster
Notes Programs listed here are those that are only activated during a disaster. Some organizations have unified budgeting and do not budget by program. Because of this, some budget fields may be blank or represent an approximation. Organization describes previous experience during the immediate response, recovery or rebuilding phases following a disaster.

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Parramore Kidz Zone

Parramore Kidz Zone is a nationally recognized program operating in Orlando's highest poverty neighborhood. The program is designed to reduce high school drop-out rates, juvenile crime, and teen pregnancy. Independent evaluations show it has been effective at achieving these goals. The initiative is implemented by a coalition of nonprofit and faith-based groups, government agencies, and neighborhood residents, with leadership provided by the City's Mayor.