Message From Sandra

Message From Sandra Fatmi

President, Founder, Executive Director Sandra Fatmi

President, Founder, Executive Director Sandra Fatmi

 
Future Leaders United taking picture with pledged amount for the class of 2018

Future Leaders United taking picture with pledged amount for the class of 2018

 
Future Leaders United Students receiving scholarship May 2017

Future Leaders United Students receiving scholarship May 2017

    Sandra Fatmi is known by the communities she serves, as a community activist, advocate, leader and ambassador with a passion for young people. She is selfless about helping to bring solutions to all problems, or opportunities, presented to her, and has made it her life's mission to leave the world better than she saw it. Using a holistic approach approximately 4 years ago, she teamed up with a community oriented professional group of loyal, dedicated individuals, and formed United Foundation of Central Florida, (UFCF) Inc. The Foundation started with seven (07) students in 2014, and currently mentors and runs an After -School Program, along with several other programs at Evans High School with approximately 60 students combined. The slogan of the Foundation is “Empowering Communities one Family at a Time".  Sandra's most proud accomplishment to date is her afterschool mentoring program - (FLU- Future Leaders United) that has been successful to date in helping over 200 at risk children to graduate, attend college, and work towards being productive members of society.  Under her leadership, and with the dedication of her Board of Directors and community partners, over $11,000.00 has been awarded to 14 children with a total of twenty-four (24) students graduating from the program.  The same amount has been pledged for disbursement to the 2018 graduating class from Evans High School.  Sandra is simply determined to leave this world better than she saw it and is well on her way. As a community advocate, with a passion for Pine Hills, it is no surprise that Sandra is also the President of the Pine Hills Community Council; the Advocacy Civic Group for the 72,000 residents of Pine Hills.  It is estimated that about 60% to 70%, of the residents in Pine Hills, are either from, or descendants of, the Caribbean. Sandra presently works as Outreach Coordinator and Reporter for GGR Marketing and the Caribbean American Passport Newsmagazine.  She is the President of the Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce of Florida; one of the most diversified chambers in Florida.  This Chamber mostly concentrates on helping Caribbean businesses to grow, both locally and overseas, from formation to whatever level its leaders choose. Sandra has always stood firm in her roots, and represents her Jamaican community well, so being named the Secretariat to the Jamaica Diaspora Advisory Board Member for the 13 Southern USA States Wayne Golding, Sr., Esq. completes the circle of her give back and heart for her community globally.  Sandra directly gives back to Jamaica, by choosing to be a long-time, strong supporter of FAACS, FOUNDATION for Children and Families.  She participates in the Annual Children's Fete given in Mocho, Clarendon, Jamaica, by helping in all fund-raising events to buy and send Back Packs, School Supplies, such as books, pens, rulers, pencils etc., plus shoes/sneakers, and clothing for the children and their families.  As a transformational leader, during her second year as President of the Jamaican American Association of Central Florida Sandra is credited with helping the Association become the first Jamaican organization in the United States to purchase a building cash.  Prior to becoming a multifaceted Entrepreneur in 2010, Sandra served in Branch Management, and has over 16 years banking experience. As a Bank Manager, she was responsible for the strategic growth and development of over $93 million dollars, and made a difference by aligning the company’s business needs with the needs of the community to produce growth, jobs and economic stability. Sandra has over 25 years’ experience in finance, marketing, human resource, and business development with a particular expertise in management. She is goal oriented and an effective team player, who achieves success by motivating others to excellence despite obstacles. Sandra holds a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from York College in New York, and is a native of Kingston, Jamaica.