Top Accomplishments in 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.
Parramore Kidz Zone (PKZ) aims to "move the needle" on juvenile crime, teen pregnancies and educational achievement in Orlando’s highest poverty neighborhood. PKZ engages Parramore’s children, from birth to age 24, in cradle-to-career programs that support their academic, social, and economic success, offered by a coalition of non-profit, government, faith, business and civic partners.
During the most recent year for which data is available, 1,185 youth participated in PKZ, including 481 who participated in after-school/academic assistance programs; 420 in health and wellness programs; 60 in cultural arts programs; 188 in youth development programs for teenagers and young adults; and 132 in college access programs. In addition, 249 Parramore infants, toddlers and preschoolers participated in early childhood education programs; 93 teenagers and young adults were employed; and 101 children’s families benefited from PKZ’s economic stabilization program.
PKZ’s results have been extraordinary, documented in several national journal articles and reports. Between 2006 when PKZ was launched, and 2014, there has been a 74.1% decline in juvenile arrests, a 66% decline in teen births, and a 50% drop in verified reports of child maltreatment in Parramore. With regard to academic achievement, during the most recent year 90% of children who participated in PKZ’s Student Advocate program maintained a 2.0 GPA or greater; 98% were promoted to next grade level; and last year, all 30 Parramore high school seniors graduated from high school and enrolled in college, i.e. a 100% graduation rate. Eighty-five Parramore youth currently attend college after having received college access assistance from PKZ - virtually all of them the first generation in their families to attend college. Attending college has become the norm in a neighborhood where nearly half of the adults over the age of 25 don’t have a high school diploma or GED.
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.
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.
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.
The Orlando Community & Youth Trust, Inc. collaborates with a wide range of organizations including but not limited to: New Image Youth Center, 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.
Indirect Public Support HelpIndirect public support represents revenue received through solicitation campaigns. This includes funding United Way and other federated fundraising organizations, but does not include donor designated contributions.
Earned Revenue HelpEarned revenue represents income generated in direct exchange for a product or service.Earned income includes income from government contracts.
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