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The sirens heard outside of Evans High School are drowned out inside by young voices who are ready for change.
- Evans High School group gets involved in community
- Future Leaders United attended Pine Hills meeting
- Young people engaged local leaders
"What do you guys want to be?” asked Kedrine Gayle, to another student. “You look like a business man.”
Gayle is a senior at Evans High School and the president of the after school program Future Leaders United (FLU). On Tuesday, she and other club members worked on homework and discussed local government.
“Our goal is to really engage with the community, to really understand where Pine Hills is at,” said Gayle.
The students in FLU understand well the stigmas and issues that surround the area of Pine Hills.
“Pine Hills is known as 'Crime Hills,'” said Gayle. “It’s known as a place with a lot of food deserts and so on, and the incarceration rates are up, as well as we have a lot of unemployment.”
But the students also understand that creating change means getting involved. So after their FLU meeting ended, the same young students attended the Pine Hills community meeting a few hours later.
Tuesday’s main topic on the agenda was the budget for the next year and how it works. Orange County Tax Collector Scott Randolph, Orange County District 6 Commissioner Victoria Siplin, and Orange County Budget Manager Kurt Petersen all took turns fielding questions and sharing information.
Many people in the crowd asked questions, including three FLU students.
“Is there a specific time for that money to be used up or is it automatically go into the next budget year?” asked Gayle. She and her fellow students left inspired and with ideas about how to apply for grants. “I do believe we shouldn’t let finance be an excuse for not achieving our goals, for not achieving our dreams,” said Gayle. “So I do believe this money will be used in a very good way.”
November 22nd, 2017
Dear Community Partner/Supporter and Sponsor:
We would like to officially announce that the United Foundation of Central Florida, Inc. will be taking over the annual Taste of Pine Hills this event used to be held by the Orange County Government. The Orange County Government will remain a sponsor for the event but all rights belong to UFCF. Other sponsors are listed inside the event page for this specific event.
If you want more information on this amazing event please click the link below.
Sandra Fatmi, President
United Foundation of Central Florida, Inc.
May 24, 2017
The United Foundation of Central Florida is proud to announce that their first official graduating class of Future Leaders United has graduated from Maynard Evans High School today. Out of The 30 Students in this after school program 19 of the participants are Seniors and have all met their graduation requirements and the requirements set forth from UFCF to receive scholarship money that was donated from various sponsors that can be seen here
The graduating class This year we reach 30 students this academic year, 19 in which are now graduated seniors!!! 14 going off to college/Universities, 2 going into the Military, 2 going on to finish their CTE program with OTC, 1 going on to take certification courses in their selected trade!!!
And that through the support of all the sponsors and donors, and partner as well as board members that we were able to award $10,200 in scholarship money to the students of the graduating class of 2017 Future Leaders United
Many of us have met with Mayor's, Commissioners, State Reps., State Attorneys, Congresswomen/Congressman, Police Chief's and Orange County Sheriff, etc.
We created the first Youth Advisory Board with Community Action Center the Pine Hills location, have hosted Financial Literacy Workshops, etc.!!!!
To see the graduating class of 2017 click here
Watch Gigi Moorman uncover the journey of her guest Sandra Fatmi , Active Community Leader .Be prepared to Connect ,Relate and Empower. For more information on the foundations and chambers listed in this video contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will get back to you as soon as possible..
Thanks for watching I hope this empowered you to take a stand and do something differently for yourself and your community.
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United Foundation of Central Florida, Inc., (UFCF) is a 501(c)(3) public foundation focused on early intervention, leading to prevention.
Our mailing address is:
P.O. Box 680186, Orlando, FL 32868
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.
If you are wanting to become a Sponsor for a student or group of students and want a more information about how to become a sponsor. Please Click here.
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UFCF 3 year Anniversary Fashion Square Mall Feb 18th, 2017, Orlando, Fl
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
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.
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.
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.
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FLU President: Julien O'Neil
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!!!
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)
Sandra Fatmi and United Foundation of Central Florida, Inc., Continues to Make a Difference in Pine Hills with their Upcoming Fundraising Christmas/Holiday Event on Friday, December 9th 2016 to benefit Evans High School Students.
United Foundation of Central Florida, Inc., (UFCF) is a non-profit public foundation formed February 14th 2014 to fulfill the educational, mentoring, health, and financial literacy needs of our children in the Pine Hills area, utilizing a holistic approach. When we started in 2014 we focused on early intervention, leading to prevention. Along our Journey of feeder schools which included, elementary, middle and high we met with change in leadership at both the elementary and middle schools in our area. As a result, we continued our mission at Evans and we are proud to report 2 ½ years later that we have grown more than we could ever imagine. We have provided support as a partner in and outside of the school, we have supported over 60 events over the past few years, we have feed the homeless, provided clothes and personal hygiene to our children and families, we fed the pre-game meals for the football team for the entire season, 4 seniors have graduated and gone on to College from our afterschool program, the graduation rate increased from 48% to almost 90% and our freshman mentees are doing really well. Thanks to our founding members, amazing board of directors and community partners we have been able to reach this far and realize our mission to partner with local community organizations to positively transform our children and families utilizing our education through mentoring program, to leave this world better than we saw it.
So, as 2016 comes to a close we need your help to raise $25,000.00 to continue our Freshman Success mentoring of our 9th graders, our partnership with the school, our Team mentoring of approximately 20 kids throughout the school, our Future Leaders afterschool program of 23 kids, not to mention offer our 17 seniors graduating in May 2017 scholarships. Our Spectacular Fundraising Christmas/Holiday Event is slated for Friday, December 9th 2016 from 7:30 pm to 12:30 am at the hidden jewel of Orlando – The Crystal Ballroom at Veranda, located at 7065 Westpointe Blvd., Suite 140, Orlando, FL 32835. Attire is Semi-Formal. Tickets can be purchased on the foundation website. Which is www.unitedfoundationcf.org Donations for the event are $80.00 per person. To sponsor one of our students for the event is $60.00, a table sponsor for a table of 10 is $1,000.00, and a table sponsor for a table of 12 is $1,400.00. Other sponsorship levels are available on the website. As we look forward to the future, we are proud to announce that several other local schools have reached out to our Foundation to bring the same programs to their institutions and that will start in 2017. We are asking for your help in the form of supporting the event, making a donation, sponsoring a child for this memorable event, and or sponsor a table just to name a few. Please come out and meet our young people and help us empower communities’ one family at a time. We can be reached at 407-900-8137 for more information. Stay tuned for more information on Facebook, by email and updated press releases about our speakers, sponsors and supporters.
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
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.
"The Voice" Season 6 contestant added to live entertainment for the first annual Red Carpet Under the Stars Fundraising Gala
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
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.