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UCF has been helping to build a new model of community school for children in grades K-12 for nearly 10 years. As a result, there are 16 registered Community Partnership Schools in Florida. Of those 16, Evans High School in Orlando recently became the first to be a UCF-Certified Community Partnership School.
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
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“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.
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.
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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.
Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/unitedfounda...
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)