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UFCF Celebrates it's 3 year Anniversary with their Program Students!!!!!!

February 18th, 2017

The United Foundation of Central Florida would like to thank the individuals who have who have supported and will support the foundation for the past three years and beyond.

The day was spent will the students from their after school, a day filled with joy. As everyone students and board members came together to play a few games of bowling Students vs. Adults. 

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UFCF 3 year Anniversary Fashion Square Mall Feb 18th, 2017, Orlando, Fl

Dear Family and Friends,

If you’ve had the pleasure of following my post over the last few hours well here is our wind up......and if you haven’t had the pleasure it’s okay. United Foundation Of Central Florida celebrated it’s 3 year Anniversary yesterday with our Future Leaders United After School Program students of Evans High School and United Foundation Of Central Florida board of Directors. With the dream and no idea how We would get there we got started despite the odds. If I can encourage anyone reading this post. Be the change you want to see in your community by following your heart and by surrounding yourself with the right support system. So We left the Eatonville MLK Parade and headed for a battle of the sexes in bowling between the girls and the Guys. As expected you guessed it the girls won. Yees!!!!!!!!! I don’t think I’ve ever heard that much excitement in a bowling Alley for a long time. We ate, celebrated our 3 year Anniversary with a cake and then all 25 headed to see the movie Hidden Figures with popcorn and drinks in hand. As the founder and Executive Director I would like to personally take the time to thank the following friends, partners and sponsors for making yesterday’s celebration with our young people possible. My amazing dedicated, genuine loyal Board Members Gordon Russell, Alex Lewis, Myra Johnson, Dennis Hall and Shirley Edwards who never turned down anything pertaining to our young people. Marcus Alford and Mr. Whitley thank you for reaching out to me to pay for our young ladies of Future Leaders United After School Program to see the Movie Hidden Figures, thank you to my unwavering and dedicated supporters and advisors from the inception who just simply yes to supporting all positive endeavors for our young people Zorida Pritipal, Samuel Roberts and Guenet Gittens-Roberts, Allie Braswell and Shellie-Ann Braswell and Wayne GoldingSr. We thank everyone for all donations and or support in helping our young people realize and achieve their full potential. Roben Dunnings you are a woman of your word. Thanks for coming to meet our group with your donation of bags from Amerigroup for the young people. I advise everyone that has not seen the movie Hidden Figures, please take a young person to energize and empower them that the sky is the limit. In the words of our young people. Today was a great day. We’re ready to do this again.
— President Sandra Fatmi

UFCF after school program Future Leader United Community Involvement

December 22nd, 2016

There was a Pine Hills Public Safety Town Hall Meeting on Wednesday, December 21, 2016. In which the after school program Future Leaders United (FLU)  worked extremely hard to prepare for, looking up the statistics in the Pine Hills community. As they are extremely concerned with what is happening to their community they finally said enough is enough and spoke out against what is going on. Representatives President, Julien O'Neil and Senator, Arry Rendel held interviews with a News 13 reporter to discuss their discomfort with what is happening. Also discussing how the after school program they are in has saved their lives.

Below is the Article that News 13 Wrote on these wonderful students 

After a spike in violent crime, members of the Pine Hills community held a town hall meeting Wednesday night.

Members of the Pine Hills community met Wednesday night
Students from Evans High School joined the discussion
Community policing, sending in tips were discussed
Residents packed the room at the Barnett Park Administration Building to discuss solutions to the increasing violence.

Among the crowd were students from Evans High School. They’re part of an after school group called Future Leaders United. Students said they felt they needed to add their insight in order to see change in their community.

The group’s president said he’s lived in Pine Hills his whole life, and he’s seen the crime slowly increase year after year.

“When I grew up here, there wasn’t a lot of that and then all of a sudden it was months in between months, then weeks, and now like days and hours,” said Julien O’Neil. “And, it is very unsettling.”

After school programs were a major part of Wednesday night’s discussion. Members of the Pine Hills community also discussed community policing, sending in tips about crime before it happens, and for people to be willing to come forward if they witness crime.
— News 13 Article http://www.mynews13.com/content/news/cfnews13/news/article.html/content/news/articles/cfn/2016/12/22/pine_hills_residents.html
Pine Hills Public Safety Town Hall Meeeting 12/21/16 From Left to  right, President of UFCF Sandra Fatmi, Taylor Nguyen, Commissioner Victoria Siplin (District 6), Darius Flores, Arry Rendel, Commissioner Bryan Nelson, President of FLU Julien O'Neil, Christelle Suffrena, First VP/Treasure UFCF Dennis Hall.

Pine Hills Public Safety Town Hall Meeeting 12/21/16

From Left to  right, President of UFCF Sandra Fatmi, Taylor Nguyen, Commissioner Victoria Siplin (District 6), Darius Flores, Arry Rendel, Commissioner Bryan Nelson, President of FLU Julien O'Neil, Christelle Suffrena, First VP/Treasure UFCF Dennis Hall.

Central Florida Spotlight: Regina Hill & Sandra Fatmi

WFTV Spotlight Orlando

    Published on 5:33 PM

    Channel 9 anchor Greg Warmoth spoke with Orlando Commissioner Regina Hill and United Foundation of Central Florida Founder & President Sandra Fatmi.

    As both Commissioner Hill and UFCF President Fatmi discuss why it is the community has spiked in crime and what can be done to decrease this crime. 

     

    Channel 9 anchor Greg Warmoth spoke with Orlando Commissioner Regina Hill about her friend, fallen Orlando police Master Sgt. Debra Clayton. He also spoke with Sandra Fatmi, a president of the Pine Hills Community Council, about the crime-plagued neighborhood.

    Greg: It’s been another week of tragedy and heartbreak in Orlando. Last Monday two local law enforcement officers were killed in their efforts to bring a murder suspect to justice. Today on Central Florida Spotlight, Orlando Commissioner Regina Hill, a close friend of fallen OPD Sergeant Debra Clayton. Welcome back to this week’s edition of Central Florida Spotlight and another difficult week for our local law enforcement community with the shooting death of OPD Sergeant Debra Clayton and the death of Deputy Norman Lewis who was killed in a motorcycle accident during the response to Clayton’s shooting. Today we have joining us Orlando Commissioner Regina Hill, a friend of Clayton who had served as Hill’s community liaison. Again, thank you for joining us. This has been a very difficult week, one that has been filled with emotion for you. Some of that we’ve watched play out on TV. How are you doing? I know its been difficult.

    Regina Hill: Of course, it has been. I tell you, something that ... I can’t believe this is happening, it’s still surreal, but the community’s standing together and we’re pushing forward. Doing better than I was doing Monday.

    Greg: Monday we saw you just outside of ORMC when you got the news. Go back through that day for us and how that played out and what was going through your mind.

    Regina Hill: Still didn’t want to believe it was Debra Clayton, but eventually after composing myself I knew she would want me to stand and be strong. I accepted the fact that it was and immediately wanted to see where her family was and be with them. I was with her a year ago, almost today, over in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, she was getting married on the beach side there and wanted to find her husband and her son. Of course, her husband was inside. It just was an array of emotions, just was thinking about how could Debra be gunned down. Doing what she wanted to do is crime prevention, especially in the west side of Orlando.

    Greg: I’m going to play a clip now. This is, when you say you stood strong, you really did this week. You stood with her son was amazingly strong, amazingly composed at a rally. We’re going to play a clip of that now.

    Regina Hill: As commissioner stated, it’s been some terrible times, but it’s a beautiful evening because when I see these young organizers and community leaders, when I see the clergy, the faith-based community standing here in my sisters and myself district where Debra lived and died. She gave it all-

    Speaker 3: Yes she did.

    Regina Hill: To see transformation. In the streets of Ivey Lane, in the corners of Mercy Drive, up and down North Lane-

    Speaker 3: Yes.

    Regina Hill: Where she was a servant leader.

    Speaker 3: Yes.

    Regina Hill: Not just a police officer. She was a servant leader.

    Greg: Your reaction to seeing that, you said when I met with you when you came into the building, you didn’t really remember exactly what you said.

    Regina Hill: Yeah. Well, it was a testimony about who Officer Clayton was. She was a servant leader, she was ... Often times we think of the police, especially on the west side, me against them. What Officer Clayton was to the west side was, “I’m with you. I have your back. I was you. I grew up in poverty. I grew up next door, maybe to those that were of criminal elements, but I grew the element that I was surrounded by and you can too.” She was an inspiration to all of us, but mostly she really wanted to allow little brown and black girls and boys to know that if they push forward, if they put all their work and efforts into education and also in doing the right thing, that they can aspire to be great. That’s what she did every day she came out into the community.

    Greg: Debra Clayton, the loss of her at the hands of this murder suspect who also is from that community, went to Evans High School. Some clearly harbored him, some praised him on his Facebook page for being a cop killer. That must absolutely infuriate you.

    Regina Hill: Yeah, I’m very angry. Of course this ... He’s somebody’s son, so I want to be mindful of what I say about him, but he is a cold blooded killer. That he has taken two people that I know. [Sade 00:05:37] Dixon’s mother was my community outreach person when we went door to door during my campaign. I was still there consoling the family as this happened. Now to take our beloved, beloved officer that has been doing the work in the trenches for a very long time wanting to make an impact and just wanting to make a difference. That he’s taken ... It does, it infuriates me. I’m very angry that someone has not turned him in, because what happened on Monday shouldn’t have happened.

    Greg: All right. When we come back we will talk more with Commissioner Regina Hill about ways to stem the gun violence we unfortunately have reported on far too often during our newscast and here on Spotlight. We’ll be back with more words from the Commissioner when we come back.

    Welcome back to Central Florida Spotlight. Joined here again by Orlando Commissioner Regina Hill. Thanks again for being here. Commissioner, you knew Sade Dixon’s family who was murdered likely at the hands of Markeith Loyd. Of course, we know that you had a close relationship with Debra Clayton as well. You were at her wedding just a year ago. The community of Parramore has been plagued with crime, riddled with gunfire over these last several months. What’s the solution here so that going forward these acts of violence against each other and against others in the community can stop?

    Regina Hill: Well, of course I don’t want anyone to think this occurred in Parramore. This did not occur in Parramore, nor did Sade Dixon’s death occur in Parramore. This occurred of course in my district, but on the outskirts of Mercy Drive and College Park. That’s why I say this is a community issue. This isn’t a Parramore issue, this isn’t a Pine Hills issue. This is a community issue. That Princeton sits right there near 5, 6 million dollar homes. We have Lake Orlando that sits right on the side of that John Young, Princeton Parkway. Yes, when we start realizing this isn’t an inner city problem, that this is going to be all of our problem if we don’t have adequate resources in the community. I do believe one of the ways that we can curb this is to offer more job training skillsets, is more mental health ... Clearly this man and many of these murderers have some mental health issues and it just didn’t happen over night.

    Greg: If you look at his Facebook page, I mean he takes pictures of himself, seems narcicisstic, talks about praying, talks about God, talks about eating clean, talks about doing the right thing. Then in another post he says that, “I’m going to be famous. You’re going to know me.” Then [crosstalk 00:08:49] talks like a gangster.

    Regina Hill: Yeah, yeah. That clearly shows a disturbed individual. Someone that’s almost similar to a Jekyll and Hyde.

    Greg: Yeah, because he went to get the sonogram with his now deceased ex-girlfriend and was happy that he was having a baby. Yet, 24 hours later he allegedly shoots and kills her at the doorstep of her home.

    Regina Hill: Undiagnosed mental health illnesses. I do believe that if we can identify these things while they’re young, while they’re in preschool, maybe while they’re in elementary school ... That’s one thing I think in the inner city that we don’t focus on much.

    Greg: Treat them when they’re young.

    Regina Hill: Treat them when they’re young. It’s easier to fix a broken child than to fix a broken adult when they’re far too gone.

    Greg: What about gun control, is that an issue here? Would that help here? Are criminals always going to find guns and weapons?

    Regina Hill: Well, in America we have more guns than Americans, right? For me, I truly believe that unfortunately people are going to find access to guns. Guns don’t hurt people, hurt people hurt people. If we can fix these hurt people so they won’t resort to picking up a gun and hurting somebody else, picking up a crowbar and hurting someone else, getting behind a car and driving into hurting someone else. If we can fix that person, I think that’s where we begin. It’s cradle to career, it’s cradle to career. We need to invest more resources into our youth, into our young adults.

    Greg: You have been there, you’ve had a life where you’ve seen it all. You’ve lived a life on both sides of this. Why does someone result to that? Do they just have desperation, no hope, all of those things? You’ve been there and now look what you’ve done with your life and what a strong member of our community you’ve become.

    Regina Hill: Yeah, I do and that’s why I’m saying, “Hurt people hurt people.” Fortunately, when I was hurting, when I had no outlet, when I was hopeless the only person that really hurt was me. I did more damage to me. Many a time I think these kids now have access to high powered ammunition. There wasn’t many guns on the street when I was going through my trials and tribulations. I wasn’t angry at anyone else, but my mother and father. These kids are angry at society now, that’s why we see all these rebellious spirits. Greg, I just really believe that we need to pour more resources into youth programs.

    Greg: Did law enforcement do enough to find Markeith Loyd in those days after that December 13th cold blooded murder?

    Regina Hill: Yes, I do think law enforcement did enough. We had everyone out there shaking the bushes. We had a lot of resources out there. What I don’t think was done enough is the community. Police was not harboring this cold blooded murderer. It was someone in our community and I’m going to say it, someone in our black community, our black community that has been harboring Markeith Loyd-

    Greg: We’ll be right back with Commissioner Regina Hill after this. Welcome back to Central Florida Spotlight. Joined again by Commissioner Regina Hill. Commissioner Hill, this community John Mina says, the Pine Hills community, the Parramore community, there are a lot of very good people, hardworking people that love that community. Yet, they feel they’re under attack, they don’t feel safe, some don’t trust the police. How do we change that?

    Regina Hill: Well, what’s ironic is Officer Clayton had just completed a book. It was going to print this week, it was at copyright, they were checking, fine tuning it, and proof reading it. It was called, Bridging the Gap of the Community and the Police. That was her life work, she had ... Was getting her PhD and had wrote a thesis on it. That’s what it takes, the work that Officer Clayton was doing. It’s getting out of the car, knowing your neighbors, knowing those in the neighborhood. The community trusting those that protect and serve them. You’re right, there’s some great people in Parramore, there’s some great people in Pine Hills, and Rosemont in the west side of Orlando. We know this because it was a community resident that saw him and reported it. She did not let that murderer go by. Met her last evening, she’s having a terrible time right now because she’s feeling somewhat guilty.

    Greg: She shouldn’t.

    Regina Hill: She should not. She is a hero, just like Officer Clayton died being.

    Greg: I can understand her feeling that way. Why is there such fear to call the police or call Crimeline? Do they not trust Crimeline that you would remain anonymous? Is there ... Do we need to do a better job of communicating that you are safe to call this number?

    Regina Hill: Barb Bergin, she’s doing a phenomenal job-

    Greg: She’s the course a head of Crimeline.

    Regina Hill: She’s the executive director of Crimeline and she’s doing a phenomenal job of communicating that especially during this week. Yes, we must do a ... Continue to let folks know anonymous does truly mean anonymous.

    Greg: Our hashtag now, I’m certain you’re familiar with it. You’re active on social media-

    Regina Hill: Warlando.

    Greg: Warlando.

    Regina Hill: Indeed. That’s why I say it’s so important to start pouring resources into youth programs and jobs and training, because we might ... We can circumvent this four years from now if we started pouring resources and jobs into this community, into the inner city, into young minorities.

    Greg: Fixing Markeith Loyd who has a criminal past that dates back about the same time that Debra Clayton started in law enforcement, went to Maynard Evans High School, was local, was somebody clearly there were a ton of red flags.

    Regina Hill: Indeed.

    Greg: He was incarcerated in federal prison. That’s what gets me, he was on the radar and there are many stories like that.

    Regina Hill: Well, I’m almost certain that before Markeith Loyd aspired to be on America’s Most Wanted, he probably at some point in his life aspired to be a great student in elementary, or junior high school, now middle school, but had some issues maybe in the classroom. We could’ve identified those issues early on and put some preventative measures in place, maybe we wouldn’t have to meet the murderers Markeith Loyd that has taken two significant people in our lives.

    Greg: We cannot allow for these two officers to die in vain.

    Regina Hill: No, we cannot and we will not. What, as I stated last evening, one of the most impactful things that I saw there was young men and women of color singing, “We’re standing with the police officers, we’re standing with our community. We will not allow terror, and murder, and chaos to control our streets of Orlando. We’re going to be the change that we’re hoping for. We’re going to be the change that we are requesting from City Hall. Now we’re going to pick up this baton and run with it for these two officers.”

    Greg: Let’s get rid of the warlando and be Orlando.

    Regina Hill: Yeah, one Orlando.

    Greg: One Orlando. Thank you very much Commissioner Regina Hill. Again, specials thanks to Commissioner Hill for coming in during this emotional time. Coming up next we’ll be joined by Sandra Fatmi, community leader in Pine Hills. We’ll talk to her about her community’s reaction to the violence and how we can also change impressions about Pine Hills. That and much more when we come back. Welcome back to Central Florida Spotlight. Joined now by Sandra Fatmi, leader with the Pine Hills community council. Thanks for coming on the show today, I know it’s been a difficult not just week, but several weeks-

    Sandra Fatmi: Absolutely.

    Greg: In the community. Talk about what you are hearing within the community as it relates to this violence. It seems to be never ending.

    Sandra Fatmi: It seems to be never ending and as president of the Pine Hills Community Council I have to tell you, I’m numb. I’m numb for several reasons. In talking to the residents in the community, I’ve gone out into the streets, and they’re pretty much scared. You have so many factors that you’re dealing with. You’re dealing with people that are fearing for their safety, you’re dealing with those that are on the street that feel as if, “Hey, this is my way of life. I’ve gone to jail, I can’t get a job, what do you want me to do? That’s the way that I survive. You guys have got to figure it out in this community what it is that you’re going to do to help us.” That’s what I’m hearing.

    Greg: Okay, so is there a solution to this? We had Regina Hill on in our earlier segments and it’s something to start young with them, and also once they get that record for that first mistake or second mistake, then they become unemployable and then they become desperate.

    Sandra Fatmi: Absolutely. I think we have to talk about job security, we have to talk about skills. Not every one is meant to go to college, so when we notice the behavior, let’s try to get them into trade schools. I think that would help. That’s what I’m hearing from those that are on the streets. Those that are in their 30’s have said to me, “You have to focus on the young ones.” That means trying to get them jobs, trying to get them focused on a different way of life that may work for them.

    Greg: Sandra, you as the President of that Pine Hills Association, you’ve heard the moniker, Crime Hills. That has to upset you.

    Sandra Fatmi: Yes, it does. How we try to change that, we try to change that because they’re good, law abiding citizens. I would say 95% of our community are upstanding. They’re proud, they’re willing to work, they’re willing to take back their community, but it saddens us. Over the last few weeks we’ve heard different things that have happened in the community that’s actually not Pine Hills. Where Sergeant Master was murdered, that’s College Park. I really want to set that record straight.

    Greg: Over these 26 days or whatever its been where Markeith Loyd was a fugitive, people had to have seen him, he was walking amongst us. Yet, obviously no one said something.

    Sandra Fatmi: Absolutely. I think for fear, as we talked about, of retribution even from him, possibly. Because there are those that are considering him a hero. That I don’t understand, because lack of trust in our law enforcement, lack of community togetherness, they’re feeling that every one is against them and that’s not the case, definitely not.

    Greg: Finally, you’re proud of Pine Hills-

    Sandra Fatmi: I am.

    Greg: You say that 95% of the people share your beliefs-

    Sandra Fatmi: Yes.

    Greg: Work hard, love their community-

    Sandra Fatmi: Yes.

    Greg: It’s the 5% that are ruining it for all of us.

    Sandra Fatmi: The 5% that’s ruining it. We have to take back our community, we cannot allow that to happen. There’s more of good than evil, and that needs to be shown. I will encourage everyone to work together, not separately, but to work together to get this done, because there’s more that can be done with numbers. I’m very hopeful, I’m very proud of our community. There’s going to be great things that’s going to continue coming out of our community. We have 17 kids in our afterschool program that’s getting ready to graduate, some going off to Morehouse, and there’s great things that are happening. I want to spread that word. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to talk about it, but I also feel that more can be done with working together.

    Greg: We will invite you back hopefully with more pleasant stories-

    Sandra Fatmi: Sure.

    Greg: Than the ones we’ve been dealing with. Thank you for your hard work on behalf of the community.

    Sandra Fatmi: Absolutely. Thank you so much, thank you for having me.

    Greg: You’re welcome, thank you. That will wrap up this week’s show. I want to thank Sandra Fatmi and my earlier guest, Commissioner Regina Hill for being on this show during this very emotional time. We’ll be back next week with another edition of Central Florida Spotlight. Until then, have a great remainder of your weekend and take care.


    — WFTV © 2017 Cox Media Group.

    UFCF After School Program President Julien O'Neil on Community change

    January 03, 2017 

    From the Pine Hills Community Council Open House and oath of Office Ceremony. 1/3/2017 Just the Small segment with me. 
    For future purposes, Pine Hills Community Council Meetings take place the first Tuesday of every month. 
    As I spoke, I spoke as a concerned citizen and youth of the Pine Hills Orlando Area, a member of both the Pine Hills Community Council and the United Foundation of Central Florida. My stance has always been, in order to change the community directly, yourself with others, take what it is you do and bring it to the youth. This then making its way into the homes of many ultimately changing the minds of other youth and the adults around them. A child's influence is greater than what most think. How to reach these students, through after school programs. Support Non-Profit Organizations that focus on youth mentoring, tutoring, and after- school programs. Support the ones that are in existence already and have been proven to make a difference in what they are doing.

    For example
    Check out the United Foundation of Central Florida, their base school is Maynard Evans high School and they are trying to reach out to another school, but also need the support of the community and it's elected officials. 
    Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/unitedfounda...
    Website: http://www.unitedfoundationcf.org/
    FLU President: Julien O'Neil

    UFCF Sandra Fatmi and Dennis Hall In some neighborhoods, fear of talking to police

    With the tragic events that have taken place on Monday January 9th, 2017. United Foundation of Central Florida /Pine Hills Community Council Presidents Sandra Fatmi and Treasure of United Foundation of Central Florida Dennis Hall, spoke to the Orlando Sentinel to discuss what is happening and how Community involvement could decrease the amount of Crimes in the Pine Hills and Orlando Area. As well as to what can be done to insure the Safety of the Community.
    Please check it out! This is one of the first steps to turning the community around in a good way!!!

     

    Somebody knew something about where Markeith Loyd was hiding.

    But in the nearly four weeks since Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings first said he was looking for him after Loyd’s 24-year-old pregnant ex-girlfriend was shot dead, nobody spoke up.

    ”Today brought another surge in our bellies, you know why?” asked Sandra Fatmi, president of the Pine Hills Community Council, on Monday afternoon as a large-scale manhunt was underway for Loyd. “Look at what happened today as a result of people not talking.”

    She was referring, of course, to the killing of Sgt. Debra Clayton, who police said was gunned down by Loyd on Monday morning at the Wal-Mart on Princeton Street near College Park. A second law enforcement officer, Deputy Norman Lewis, died in a motorcycle crash while responding to the shooting.

    Neither the killing of Clayton or Sade Dixon, Loyd’s ex-girlfriend, took place within the technical boundaries of Pine Hills, an unincorporated neighborhood of more than 60,000 people generally west of Pine Hills Road and east of Apopka Vineland Road.But Pine Hills saw a surge in homicides last year and, as a result, is at the center of an effort by the sheriff’s office to take guns and drugs off the streets.

    Shortly after Clayton was killed, police said Loyd shot at a another deputy, but missed, and carjacked another vehicle at a Pine Hills apartment complex near Pine Hills Road and North Lane.

    He ditched the vehicle in the nearby Rosemont neighborhood.

    Fatmi and Dennis Hall, another activist in the neighborhood, said a culture change must take place so that people in the neighborhoods aren’t afraid to talk to law enforcement.

    ”These bad guys, they eat, they sleep, they take showers,” said Hall, who was recently recognized for his work in the area by the Pine Hills Neighborhood Improvement District. “Somebody knows who they are and where they are.”

    Still, he said, he’s not unsympathetic to the hesitancy to come forward.

    There is widespread fear of retribution.

    Last month, when five people were shot outside of a Pine Hills convenience store, one witness told the Sentinel he didn’t want to be named out of concern he would “be the next one shot.”

    Police often have trouble convincing witnesses to come forward.

    Some in the community don’t trust the police or fear they won’t be kept anonymous by the Crimeline tips line (1-800-423-TIPS), though the service promises anonymity and callers are sometimes eligible for a reward.

    During a press conference on Monday morning, Demings noted his frustration with what he suspects are some in the community who are staying quiet and aiding Loyd.

    ”We have been looking for him and have not been able to locate him,” the sheriff said. “That indicates to me that he’s been receiving help from someone.”

    There are other intractable problems tied to street violence.

    Fatmi, who also runs an after-school program at Evans High School, said gangs have too much power over too many teens.

    ”They’re recruiting our young people,” she said. “Offering them money because of their ages, because of their economic status. It’s a business.”

    In addition to the increase in law enforcement patrols that came in response to the higher rate of homicides last year, she said there is a need for funding more early education and mentor programs.

    And she would like to see more people involved in the community, which was formed as one of Orlando’s first suburbs back in the early days of Martin Marietta, now Lockheed Martin.

    Typically, she said, about 80 to 100 people turn out at the Pine Hills Community Council, a nonprofit group that meets on the first Tuesday of each month at the neighborhood community center.

    ”I want it bigger,” Fatmi said. “I want to outgrow the center.”

    One of the purposes of the council: to help people who live in the area build a relationship with law enforcement.

    And persuade more people to stop staying quiet and start talking.
    — http://www.orlandosentinel.com/opinion/os-orlando-officer-killed-beth-kassab-20170110-column.html

    UFCF After School Program FLU Witnesses History Aramis Ayala Oath of Office Ceremony

    January 6th, 2017 

    Students of Future Leaders United wanted to go watch history be made. As United Foundation of Central Florida continues to put their students in better environments exposing them to the positive events that take place in the Pine hills and Orlando areas. 

    We witness history today as the first African America and female State Attorney took her oath of office. Congratulations State Attorney Aramis Donell Ayala. Our prayers and support are with you!

    The Oath of Office was administered by Justice Peggy Quince Florida (Supreme Court), Guest speakers Justice James E.C. Perry (Florida Supreme Court), Chief Judge Frederick J. Louten (Ninth Judicial Circuit, Mistress of Ceremony Monica May ( News & Communication Affairs Director, STAR 94.5)

    FLU President Julien O'Neil, Secretary Daftne Sanchez, Delegates Arry Rendel, Darius Flores, Theveline Corriolant, Michelle Gourdet, UFCF President Sandra Fatmi 

    FLU President Julien O'Neil, Secretary Daftne Sanchez, Delegates Arry Rendel, Darius Flores, Theveline Corriolant, Michelle Gourdet,

    UFCF President Sandra Fatmi 

    Aramis Ayala Taking Oath of Office

    Aramis Ayala Taking Oath of Office

    Thank you for supporting our Fundraising Event

    Dear Sponsors, Board of Directors, Friends and Supporters: 

    Happy Friday!! After Saturday's Fundraising Event, I took a few days to relax and reflect, but wouldn't let today pass without reaching out to the entire community. On behalf of the United Foundation of Central Florida, Inc. I would like to personally extend a warm thank you to the following: Our Sponsors - Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery and Grill, Soiree Event and Conference Center, Caribbean American Passport News Magazine, VITAS, Golding Law Group, PLC, Caribbean Sunshine Bakery and Restaurant, DJ Phayz of Vibrant Soundz and Rosen Plaza Hotel. Our Board of Directors (thanks for your hard work, financial support and belief in me), Our Silent Auction Donors (Your contribution will help to raise funds for the foundation - please visit our site for items still available). Our Table hosts - Trinidad Association, Caribbean Supercenter, Tim Haberkamp from Hardees Restaurant and the Pine Hills Community Council. Our Officials running for District 2 and 6, namely Virginia Whittington, Roberta Walton and Alvin Moore. Our Media Sponsors - WOKB - 1680 AM Tropical Experience Radio Show, Jammins Radio Show and Caribbean Vibes (Thanks for keeping our community informed, educated and entertained). Our Volunteers (a mixture of young people and adults, your time spent with us was priceless). Our Supporters who purchased tickets for the event. Thank you for taking the time to support this initiative to help make an awareness of United Foundation's intension to focus on early childhood education leading to prevention. Thanks for believing in us and being supportive of our first event. 

    When the Board and myself put this event together, one of the main focus was to help bring about hands on solutions that addressed the needs of a selected area in the Pine Hills community. The community however, had questions about how the Tangelo Park Program worked. Thanks to Harris Rosen, the leaders in attendance involved with the Program, and the graduates from the program for clarifying lots of misconceptions. One of the most important question being, the helped received in Tangelo Park was a handout, Mr. Rosen made it very clear that it was the complete opposite, and instead it was an investment in the future of our children. 

    This was just the beginning of making an awareness of the Foundation's intentions, as we ask the Pine Hills community to come together. The evening was informative, and everything we promised it would be. We could not end this Thank You acknowledgement without thanking our Gracious MC for the evening the one and only Vanessa Echols, The sultry voice of Sisuandra Lewis (In our opinion Orlando's winner of the voice , Our newly adopted artist and singer Lee C. Lizandro, (who came all the way from Puerto Rico), The Fearing family from Tampa, who started the night off with a beautiful rendition of the National Anthem. Tony Blair and the 506 Crew, DJ Phayz of Vibrant Soundz (once again outdoing themselves as usual). Kathryn Mullings you are a class act all the way. Since the event I've received phone calls from community leaders looking forward to the next step. I am tremendously excited about what the future holds, but more importantly happy that most in attendance left with hope and inspiration. 

    In closing I ask everyone reading this Community Thank you Message to continue supporting our Sponsors listed above as well as Silent Auction donors who went above and beyond to support this first event, they believed in our cause, and didn't hesitate to do their part. You supporting their business means continued Unity and community growth!

    Facebook family and friends we have started the plans for next years Fundraising Gala and we will keep you posted as we move forward with our Pine Hills Program. In the months to come, please follow us on our website www.unitedfoundationcf.org for more updates. Always remember that it's better to give than receive. 

    Continued Blessing always!

    Sandra Fatmi - President, United Foundation of Central Florida, Inc.

    Thanks for your support at our Red Carpet Fundraising GALA on July 26th 2014

    Pine Hills effort has roots in Rosen's Tangelo Park push

    By Darryl Owens (Orlando Sentinel)

     

    It wasn't long after native New Yorker Sandra Fatmi moved to Pine Hills that she realized her adopted home wasn't running on all cylinders.

    Two years ago, she turned to Google for ways to tune up her embattled community just west of Orlando.

    Fatmi was surprised to discover that what she had in mind lay right under her nose. More precisely, 10 miles south in Tangelo Park, where a successful businessman's desire to give back helped give hundreds hope in a community gripped with crime and poor prospects.

    So Fatmi called the architect of the Tangelo Park Project for guidance. Speaking to hotelier Harris Rosen confirmed her gut feeling.

    In February, with Tangelo as the guide, Fatmi and others launched the nonprofit United Foundation of Central Florida Inc. to shepherd Pine Hills' version of prevention through early intervention.

    It's said imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. For Pine Hills, which has long battled high crime, low expectations and governmental indifference, imitation may be the surest way to save its soul.

    "We have an interest in Pine Hills not being called 'Crime Hills' anymore and to continue on a positive path," says Fatmi, 47, a former banker-turned-event-management entrepreneur.

    Yeah, yeah, I hear ya. Yet another effort to revitalize Pine Hills. Pastors have labored to rally the community flock against violence, while splintered efforts at mentoring have chipped away at the problem.

    Turnarounds like this need periodic infusions of verve to bolster persistence. Fatmi abounds with verve. More important, she owns the good sense not to waste time drawing up a new reclamation plan when a winning blueprint exists.

    "Our dream goal has always been to see this program replicated," Rosen lamented at a recent Tangelo Park Program board meeting. "We haven't been very successful in having it replicated."

    What an inexplicable shame.

    Back in 1993, Tangelo Park was a largely African-American neighborhood beset by crime and low expectations. But Rosen's promise to cover every Tangelo Park student's college tuition drove a muscular private-public community partnership, buoyed by church, school and civic involvement.

    All toddlers received preschool. Moms and dads received parenting classes or vocational training. As a result, crime plunged, and the neighborhood has become more neighborly. Preschool programs benefited more than 647 tots. And the capper: 300 students have earned scholarships.

    Fatmi is not alone in her excitement at the prospect of duplicating those results.

    "Replication of Mr. Rosen's Tangelo Park project is an admirable goal that will require long-term commitment of resources including quality home day care and college scholarships," says Orange County Schools Superintendent Barbara Jenkins, who has spoken with Fatmi. "We welcome the efforts of community members demonstrating they care about the success of our students."

    Pine Hills, with more than 64,000 residents, dwarfs Tangelo Park. Thus, the foundation plans a modest start. It's targeted the three-school zone of Rolling Hills Elementary, Meadowbrook Middle School and Evans High school as ground zero. The foundation will track kids' ascent through the system from preschool to college.

    Like Rosen, Fatmi's instincts are on target.

    As the Urban Child Institute notes, "Genes provide a blueprint for the brain, but a child's environment and experiences carry out the construction."

    The effort already boasts one leg of Rosen's strategy: a neighborhood mecca with Evans Community School, which melds social and health services and scholarship.

    But the foundation lacks a fat wallet. Rosen so far has invested $10.2 million in Tangelo Park. He hasn't promised a financial stake in Tangelo 2.0.

    At least not yet.

    To fill the war chest, the foundation hosts a fundraising gala Saturday at Rosen Plaza Hotel, at which Rosen will speak (for more information, visit unitedfoundationcf.org). Proceeds will fund a planned January incursion into preschools to gauge their quality and stoke parental enthusiasm.

    "I am aware of some of the failed attempts and efforts," Fatmi says, "but I'm determined to find the tools to push this through."

    In the midst of wearying revival, success can look a long way off. Hopefully, Fatmi will remember she only need look 10 miles down the road to see that a community that commits to rolling up its sleeves can make life-altering change happen.

    Sisaundra Lewis from "The Voice" to perform at UFCF Gala

    "The Voice" Season 6 contestant added to live entertainment for the first annual Red Carpet Under the Stars Fundraising Gala

    Photo Credit: www.sisaundralive.com

    Photo Credit: www.sisaundralive.com

    Sisaundra Lewis is an American singer, songwriter and producer from Haines City, Florida. She was a contestant on season 6 of the US series "The Voice" as a member of Blake Shelton's team.

    Sisaundra started her career with Grammy and Oscar Award winner Peabo Bryson, who invited her to tour the world with him as a backing vocalist and his new duet partner. Her acquaintance with Mr. Bryson led to a worldwide tour with Grammy and Oscar Award winner, Celine Dion. She spent several years working with Ms. Dion as her backing vocalist, vocal director and choreographer.

    Her powerful voice can be heard in national commercials for Folgers Coffee, Sprite, Slimfast, Doublemint Gum, Sears, Arby’s, Ziploc Bags, Coppertone, and Dr. Pepper. Her debut single on Global Records, “SHOUT”, hit the Billboard Hot Dance Club Charts its first week and immediately climbed to #1. Sisaundra also co-wrote and performs the tune “Emotional” on Grammy nominated and platinum recording artist, Najee’s, new contemporary jazz release titled My Point of View – which debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz Chart.
     

    Sisaundra has shared the same stage and/or recorded with other noted artist such as Michael Bolton, George Duke, Sheila E., Gloria Estefan, Enrique Iglesias, Janet Jackson, Patti LaBelle, Kenny Lattimore, Nana Mouskouri and Najee. Her producer/writer credits include work with Gordon Chambers, Sean Puff Daddy Combs, Emilio Estefan, David Foster, Phil Galdston, Marvin Hamlisch, Tony Hemmings, Loris Holland, Tony Moran, Rohan Reid, Jim Steinman, Sting, Ric Wake and Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber. She is also a featured performer in Cirque du Soleil’s production of La Nouba.

    Sisaundra Lewis is the featured Narrator of Oscar Nominated documentary, Sustaining Life. Her rich enrapturing voice guides us through the important messages of hope and survival present throughout the film. From the very beginning her unrivaled talent, and passion for helping others, made Sisaundra the perfect character to unite the creativity behind the film with the young viewers of our generation. Combining both a glorious vocal instrument and performance skills that are truly an amazing gift, she approaches her love for music with an incredible assurance. (Bio courtesy of www.sisaundralive.com)

    Musical entertainment for the evening will be provided by DJ Phayz of Vibrant Soundz, 506 Crew Band, and singing from the sensational Lee C. Lizandro (from Puerto Rico). The attire for this red carpet affair is formal, and the donation is $100.00. There will be a silent auction and cocktail hour from 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm. The Board of Directors and volunteers of UFCF appreciate the communities’ assistance in becoming a positive change agent.

    For more information, visit us at www.unitedfoundationcf.org

    United Foundation sets it's sights on duplicating the Tangelo Park program...

    Contact – Sandra Fatmi - (770) 789-7004

    UNITED FOUNDATION SETS IT’S SIGHTS ON DUPLICATING THE TANGELO PARK PROGRAM IN A SECTION OF PINE HILLS...HARRIS ROSEN IS THE CONFIRMED KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT KICKOFF FUNDRAISER ON SATURDAY, JULY 26, 2014 

    ORLANDO, FL:  United Foundation of Central Florida, Inc., (UFCF) a non-profit public foundation focused on early intervention, leading to prevention, announced plans to duplicate the successful Harris Rosen Tangelo Park Program in a section of Pine Hills. UFCF’s Board of Directors answered the communities concerns to provide proven solutions, by researching programs that work to clean up communities. The Tangelo Park Program is one of the most successful to date. It was a natural choice for the foundation, with a mission to partner with existing programs to positively transform communities through early intervention and education. The results of the Tangelo Park Program left Tangelo Park residents with job creation (a decrease in unemployment), a graduation rate increase from 20% to 100%, crime reduction and increase in family unity.

    With the foundation’s focus on Early Intervention, it’s important that as a community we understand that the quality of your child’s life during the first five years will set the stage for future learning and success.  Ninety percent of a child’s brain is developed before the age of 5. Within those early years it’s important that our children get the same educational opportunities across the country. Statistics provided by the Florida Department of Education show that one third of Orange County children are unprepared for kinder garden. In 2012, one in six Orange County public elementary schools started with 50 percent of the kindergarten identified as “not ready.” One of the most important decisions you will ever make as a parent, is choosing quality child care for your child.

    To support this initiative - We invite you to attend our Spectacular Red Carpet Evening under the Stars Fundraising GALA at the Elegant Rosen Plaza Hotel on Saturday, July 26th 2014, from 7pm to 2am. Mr. Harris Rosen, President and COO of the Rosen Hotels and Resorts, will be our keynote speaker. Our MC for the evening is Vanessa Echols of WFTV Channel 9 News. It's slated to be a Spectacular evening focused on helping to continue making a difference. Confirmed entertainment for the evening will be provided by International artist Lee C. Lizandro from Puerto Rico, and Cezar from Jamaica, with more names to be added. Cocktail and Silent Auction is from 7pm – 8pm. Our musical entertainment will be provided by DJ Phayz of Vibrant Soundz and the 506 Crew Band. The Attire is Formal. Donation is $100.00. Ticket sales end at midnight on July 19th 2014.

    We would like to thank our Sponsors – Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery and Grill, Taste of Jamaica Restaurant, Caribbean Sunshine Bakery, The Golding Law Group, PLC., Caribbean Super Center, Caribbean American Passport News Magazine, Soiree Event and Conference Center, PS Freight and Shipping Services, Vibrant Soundz Entertainment, Tax Preparer - Winston Moxey, Full-A-Vybez, Inc., WOKB 1680AM, Island Beat – 1220AM and The Rosen Plaza Hotel

    Now that you’ve heard this insightful information, continue to be an advocate for early intervention and education in your communities by getting involved (sign up to be a volunteer), participate in local events that support early intervention, and encourage your co-workers and friends to do the same.

    For more information on how to get involved, be a sponsor, donate and or purchase tickets, please contact Dennis Hall at 407-929-7477, Gordon Russell at 407-701-3479, Shirley Edwards at 407-497-4197, David Mullings at 954-683-8326, Zanya Lewis at 407-244-6523, Judeen Parkes at 407-437-8776, Alex Lewis at 352-460-3624  or Sandra Fatmi at 770-789-7004.