Kedrine Gayle, Future Leaders United Alumnae President graduates Evans with Honors, now attends USF

Kedrine Gayle, Future Leaders United Alumnae President graduates Evans with Honors, now attends USF

Kedrine Gayle, 18, moved to Orlando from Jamaica in 2016 and graduated Evans High School. She said the move was a fresh start for her and credits the school, mentors and community groups for her success.

Future Leaders United Students Speak Out Over Concerns on Teacher Shortage

Nyala and her sister Nakari attend Evans High School in Orange County and attest that fill-in teachers and staff shortages are not something new. (Erin Murray, staff)

Nyala and her sister Nakari attend Evans High School in Orange County and attest that fill-in teachers and staff shortages are not something new. (Erin Murray, staff)

Orlando students, parents express concern over teacher shortages across Central Florida

By Erin Murray Orlando August 9, 2018 @5:59 PM

ORLANDO, Fla. -- In the Chamberlain household, Tenille Chamberlain works hard to make sure all bases are covered when raising three teenage girls, but some things are just out of her control.

  • Orlando teens worry about teacher shortages

  • The Chamberlains say they want more consistency

  • RELATED: Back to School 2018

“What are you going to do if you don’t have a teacher?” asked 20-year-old Njani Chamberlain.

“Senior year -- that is going to be a problem,” said 17-year-old Nyala Chamberlain.

Nyala and her sister Nakari attend Evans High School in Orange County and attest that fill-in teachers and staff shortages are not something new.

“It is something I have been going through since freshman year,” Nyala said.  

Her mother joins her in this worry.

“I feel like it takes a village to raise children, and I feel like I do my part as a parent, but then I really depend on teachers,” Tenille said.

School shortages and vacancies are across all Central Florida.

In Volusia County, there are 77 unfilled teaching positions, between 40 to 80 in Orange County, 120 in Osceola, and in Brevard, eight.

When compared to overall instructional positions, the vacancies are a small percentage. But even just one unfilled spot has a trickle down affect.

“Every child and it affects the teachers, and everyone in the school, because in some situations they might have to divide classes and make classes larger among the teachers that are there,” said Wendy Doromal, Orange County Classroom Teachers Association President.

All of the school districts assure us even with the vacancies, the classrooms will be manned by substitutes or other current qualified teachers.

But a lack of just one consistent teacher can do damage -- Nyala dealt with a long-term sub last year.

“They kept giving us packets of work. And by the time we had to do the chemistry OC, I felt like I was not prepared,” Nyala said.  

With it just days away from the new school year, Tenille is past the point of understanding why these positions can’t be filled.

“We need them, we need them, a lot; we do,” Tenille said.

She just wants the school districts to get it done so her kids can worry less about teachers and focus more on their excitement for the first day of school.

“It’s not fair; I don’t think it is,” Nyala said. 

Evans High School student group pushes for change in Pine Hills

Students from Future Leaders United at Evans High School attended the Pine Hills community meeting Tuesday and engaged Orange County Tax Collector Scott Randolph on taxes and the budget. (Erin Murray, Staff)

Students from Future Leaders United at Evans High School attended the Pine Hills community meeting Tuesday and engaged Orange County Tax Collector Scott Randolph on taxes and the budget. (Erin Murray, Staff)

By Erin Murray, Reporter
Last Updated: Wednesday, November 08, 2017, 11:02 AM EST News 13 Article Click Here


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.”


News 13 Reporter Erin Murray

Taste of Pine Hills 2017

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.

Taste Of Pine Hills 2017


Sandra Fatmi, President

United Foundation of Central Florida, Inc.

UFCF First Official Graduating Class Of Future Leaders United

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

Journey Interview With Sandra Fatmi Community Activist

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 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.

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. 

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.

If you would like to donate an open amount please

To sign up for our newsletter to find out more of what UFCF and FLU are doing Please click here.

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
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. 
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    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.

    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