Student Testimonials

This page serves as a Testimonial page for all programs provided by the United Foundation of Central Florida, Inc

I learned how to be my true self, Future Leaders United After-School program taught me the importance of self-worth. It also helped me learn how to budget effectively with our Youth Financial Literacy Events. I also had the opportunity to learn about what it truly meant to be committed to service and how this positively affected my community. As an Alumni of the FLU, I’m still learning what it takes to be a leader, a public servant, and an outstanding citizen.
— Destiny Law '17
As President of FLU, I have had the pleasure of working closely with Ms. Sandra, alumni’s, my team, and the fluites. Being in FLU has given me so many opportunities and has taught me so many lessons that I truly do not know how I’ll ever repay Ms. Sandra, Mr. Hall the sponsors and everyone that I have has the chance to come across. As President, I learned first hand the value of relationships. Because of the strong genuine relationship, Ms. Sandra has with her friends and board of directors the work of the Foundation continues. Some of these amazing partners are Ms. Zorida Pritipal and her husband from our local Golden Krust Restaurant in Orlando. Dr. Trisha Bailey-Archie and her husband Mr. Onrique Archie from the Bailey-Archie Charitable Foundation. Commissioner Rod Love and Dr. Karen Castor-Dentel just to name a few. I know fully understand the concept of it takes a village. My favorite part about being in FLU was taking the trip to Tallahassee, among the many trips we’ve been on, this trip inspired me to be more involved in my community and to use my voice and when I get the chance to vote. I was able to step outside of my comfort zone, increase my self-confidence and face my fear of public speaking. Ms. Sandra takes the time out to make sure we have what we need in our home and school life. If we need rides she’s on it and that has been such an amazing help. Also, college and seeking higher education is one of the sole purposes in the program that Ms. Sandra and her partners enforce throughout the program. I would recommend anyone who feels that they have nowhere else to go or if you’re just looking for a place to call home, to join Future Leaders United, it’s a lifesaver and a life changer.
— Derekaisha Bush '19, President of the 2018-19 School Year
My experience in FLU has been amazing I’ve had the honor of being a part of the leadership team as Vice President for 2018/2019. I’ve learned so much while being in the program I made new friendships and created memorable experiences that will be unforgettable. FLU is a great program because it has taught me the importance of voting, giving back, and being informed it has helped me be better prepared for my future. I was fortunate to be one of the Fluites to obtain a job. I still have that job today. I’ve been introduced to important members in our society that are passionate about making a change for our future and have influenced my generation to be the change. In the Pine Hills community, I’ve been able to make an impact and become a leader being able to lead by example for the generation after me. My mentor has told me “it is important to leave this world better than we saw it” Ms.Sandra has so much passion for what she does in our community and she is an inspiration to myself and so many others as well. Being able to help my community and others has become a passion for me and it is something I truly enjoy doing. FLU has become a family to me and has helped me find myself and helped me learn more about myself. FLU has given me many opportunities to network with many people and speaks about what needs to be changed in our society. Can you imagine that I was one of 5 students chosen by the Program Director Ms. Sandra to be blessed by some amazing partners to fund our Prom Dresses, pocketbook, shoes, hair, nails, makeup, and a Limousine to Prom on Saturday, May 11th, 2019. This is a big deal and one blessing among many that I will never forget. One of the best decisions I made was being a part of this Program, truly wished I had joined before. I am glad to have been a part of a prestigious program that has helped me improve myself and exposed me to so many opportunities that have expanded my leadership skills, knowledge and growth. I am more prepared to attend College and go out into the world. I would encourage everyone enrolled in Maynard Evans High School to go through this program.
— Citlalli Rico '19 Vice-President of FLU 2018-2019
I felt like FLU had strongly impacted my life and although my time there felt brief I learn some life lesson along the way. What it did was prepare and gave you special insight on things that you couldn’t find anywhere else.
— Berline Clermont '19
FLU has taught me that there is no limit on how far you can go. There’s always room for improvement and to be better. I enjoyed coming together with the youth in my community and showing people that some young people actually are involved.
— Savia John '19
What F.L.U. means to me? Future Leaders United is a program that has helped throughout the
year (2018-19) to create strong and respective relationships with peers within my own
environment. First, it started off by me managing community-based events that allowed people
from all over Pine Hills to come together and share similar and different characteristics about
each other. This particular exercise had helped me familiarized myself with others and to learn
how to give back, willingly. Secondly, is communicating with strong Political Figures in our
community. When it comes down to talking with those who hold a certain position and
responsibility for the festivities that are being held within our community, I get to have the
opportunity to discuss things that I feel that’s necessary to help benefit and improve things to
strengthen our district. Thirdly, is a personal take that involves me tackling leadership duties and
roles. I learned the importance of commitment and representation of F.L.U and my community.
Being able to showcase my vow to take upon positions that I know will challenge me open doors
for me academically. Helping me to take responsibility, work harder in class, and be more
responsive when asked a question. This take is slowing shaping me into becoming more fearless stating my opinions. Lastly, having the momentum to inspire kids around my age or younger to become more involved within their community. Mentoring young teens have allowed me to experience strong and informative moments with them, by allowing them to express their
opinions on certain topics, and share encounters with others just like them.
— Eboni Bannis '19 FLU 2018-19 Historian
Future Leaders United is honestly one of the best things that have ever happened to me. If I could rate how much I love the program on a scale of one to ten, FLU would break the scale every time! In this program, I’ve been exposed to so many great opportunities, met lots of amazing individuals, and I’ve gotten to experience so many different things that I wouldn’t have been able to otherwise.
— Nyala Chamberlin '19
What I like about flu is the cooperation, the guest speakers and the members I learned a lot about leadership and flu helped me to communicate more with other people. 3rd Wednesday workshops have also helped me get involved with my community and learn more about what’s happening around me.
— Benson Fleurentin '19
Flu has taught me that everyone together is part of a community. There are people who look up to you even if your a teacher or a student. At the time we went to Ridgewood we gave some of the kid’s advice or idea on what would life be like in high school and what would it be like if they don’t get there act together. Us speaking from experience that will probably get a lot of kids attention.
— Stallone Pierre '19
Future Leaders United has played a pivotal role in how my senior year at Evans High School went. I’ve always been a reserved and low-spoken person, but due to all of our networking events and having to communicate with people, I became more outspoken and more extroverted. This program has also helped me to become acquainted with a plethora of people that I probably never would have even known about. I’m glad I was able to join our FLU family, I’ve made memories after memories that I’m never going to forget for as long as I live.
— Sebastien Joseph ‘18
What exactly did I learn from the FLU? That’s a question with many answers, but the most important thing I learned from FLU is family. I learned that it doesn’t take blood, in order to create family bonds. Though I only been in FLU for a short amount of time I did notice that everyone supported one another as if everyone was in one pair of shoes. It’s the relationship and curiosity that drives me closer to this family and it is that motive that keeps me going. It is because of the FLU, I can see friends more than friends.
— Acroanias Mitchell '19
Throughout my time in FLU, I have learned many great qualities and become someone who is more outspoken. Being in flu has taught me about leadership and how one should behave with diligence and being mindful of others. I’ve learned from flu the value of what family truly means. We look out for one another and make sure everyone feels included. I’ve also got the opportunity to create events in our community that brings an awareness to our youths that makes them feel involved. I’ve loved being in flu and learned about the qualities and responsibilities that I will take with me moving forward in the future.
— Veronica Bien-Aime '19
“This year I have learned how to interact with individuals in my community, learned how to spread awareness about the social issues in the Pine Hills community. Also how to address such issues. I also learned how to advertise myself. Basically branding myself putting it out there. Making people know what we do and how we impact others in the community.”
— Woomy Michel '18
Flu is like the best program ever I have never seen any after-school programs that care for each other like FLU. I believe if I didn’t participate in FLU I wasn’t going to be as ready as I am now for my future.
— Nathanaelle Therminor ‘18
Through FLU, I have been able to become more involved in my community as well as grow connections with some distinguished individuals.
— Samantha Lubin ‘ 18
Future Leaders United is an amazing after-school program that’s designed to help us prepare for life after high school. When talking about life after high school, I’m talking about college readiness as well as financial literacy. Through many guest visits we have had the opportunity to meet with business professionals of all kinds within our community.
— Brettnee Ulysse ‘18
I learned about credit and the importance of Financial Literacy, I also learned about myself, I’m very energetic, creative, determined, responsible, this was shown to me through one of the activities that we did during our weekly sessions.
— Mandy Michel '19
“ FLU has helped me get to know myself the most. When you are exposed to certain things and you network with people, you eventually learn the type of person you are by the things you like and dislike”.
— Daftne Sanchez '18
Future Leaders United (FLU) has taught me to be a leader, an example, and a productive member in my community. I’ve gained an abundance of knowledge through various guest speakers, ranging from, elected officials, business owners, doctors, lawyers, and more. They have all taught me something that is beneficial to living my life as a committed member to my community. Through FLU I have learned so much about life after high school which included financial credit, college preparation, and law when it comes to the rights we have as a people. With this insight, I’m able to further advance the successfulness of my future. This I am truly grateful for the opportunities that are for students like me, that are being provided by FLU.
— Kena Francois ‘18
Future Leaders United was truly a blessing on my life and my future because of the many exposures and opportunities I have been given. I met with people that I would not know I will meet and got out of the house to do something good. FLU was like a training site for me to be successful, to have a bold leadership, and being apart from everyone else. Thank you, Ms. Sandra and my flu family, for making my high school year a learning experience.
— Daniel Doyen '19
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— Pablo
“FLU has been a motivation to me. I saw the compassion of the leaders and the greatness of all the people apart of the program which inspired me to be a better me. They have offered me so many community service opportunities that I am glad to have participated in. My favorite event was visiting the nursing home because as someone without any grandparents, I’ve always wanted to get advice from an older person. Due to FLU, they have opened my eyes to a different viewpoint of Pine Hills. I want to come back and help others who are a part of this community. I want to give back because Pine Hills has potential. FLU has changed my mindset about not only Pine Hills but also on world situations and how they are handled by our elected officials”
— Silancia Delivrance ‘18
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— Hope K.
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— Hope K.
I’ve been in this program for two years, it’s geared towards college preparation (test prep, college tours, etc.), community service, and the importance of knowing our community and the many opportunities within it. This program has opened so many doors for me in life and has taught me that I’m ready to tackle life outside of high school. This program has provided me with opportunities to meet with local elected officials, entrepreneurs that have helped me figure out many career paths, as well as giving my fellow classmates and I the opportunity to speak to the media about our community and how we feel through so many different platforms.
— Theveline Corriolant '17
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— Jonathan L.
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— Claire C.
With my involvement in Future Leaders United, it has led me to work on community service events. One event, in particular, is the Taste of Pine Hills. I committed to helping with this event waking up early to help set up for this community event by the United Foundation of Central Florida, Inc. I helped set up tables, food, decorations, etc. The purpose of this event was to highlight the different cultures within the community while promoting peace and unity. Within the Pine Hills community, there has been this stigma that there is nothing but crime, no unity, and uneducated individuals but as a resident living in Pine Hills, this stigma is false. This event not only helps better my community because it breaks negative stigmas and creates positive memories. As a member of FLU, I was glad to see the successful outcome of this event, I felt happy to know that I participated in an event that helped bring positivity to my community.
— Rebecca Boreland ‘18
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— Hope K.
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— Jonathan L.
F.L.U has provided me experiences in my life that I will never forget we became a family, and we attained solidarity, that only grew stronger over time. F.L.U makes sure we have a realistic and positive image on what our career path should be. We have had guests such as commissioners, judges, veterans, realtors and even rappers. We obtain advice and clear and concise lectures on how they overcame trials and tribulations that we as students may also have to overcome. We are provided with many experiences that in other cases we would never have a chance to experience. Experiences such as The Battle of the Bands, the community Christmas Tree lighting, and multiple informative workshops, and college tours.
— Beensharley Belleus ‘19
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— Pablo
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— Jonathan L.
I am incredibly happy that I chose to join the FLU After school program for my final year at Evans High school. I have learned so much in one year, especially about the idea of reaching out to the community and showing them a side of Evans that they never thought we had. Although I wasn’t able to attend majority of the community service opportunities/activities that were planned, I know that my FLU family worked very hard to achieve the desired result at the end of providing their service for whatever the task may have been; whether it was a Thanksgiving food drive at Robinswood Elementary, attending workshops created by officials who work in the Pine Hills community, helping to clean up the community on Trojan Service Day, attending Pine Hills Community meetings, and so much more. This program is very beneficial in gaining community service hours as well as meeting government officials, entrepreneurs, and others during our meetings/ Pine Hills Community Center meetings as well as workshops to hear about why they chose to give back to the youth in Pine Hills. Becoming a Fluite has transformed me into a more compassionate person who always desires to get involved in any planned activity for the week.
— Cherard Thomas ‘18
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— Claire C.
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— Jonathan L.
After being in the Future Leader United program I am forever changed. It was an eye-opening experience to see the numerous possibilities I have to be successful. Nearly every week we have visitors come and express their story, which I personally enjoyed because it was similar to mine in many ways. I have realized from one of our visitors that I can be successful if I get my education if I have a good work effort, and if I keep out of trouble. I was also given the chance to learn more about my community, including the good and bad. Like Ms.Sandra always says it’s time to make the comfortable people in the office uncomfortable because they work for me. This was an enjoyable experience and I won’t forget it, and it was a pleasure to be around dedicated, strong, smart individuals that are capable of anything.
— Rachael Harmon ’18
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— Pablo
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— Pablo
Through my time with the Future Leaders United program, I have been given the chance to experience things that have helped me grow as a person on so many levels.  Before participating in the program, I was very much to myself and not that type of person that would start up a conversation with anyone. After being in a program where all of its members come from a different background and each having their own story, I have learned to come out of my shell and to not only be around people but to interact with people in a positive way. This group is also a second family to me with its members and boards accepting me with open arms from the door.  They do not judge but rather take you in and give me a place where I could feel safe and be able to be myself with no remorse.  With the world being a place that is not too often welcoming to people with my background throughout history and sadly now. This group, however, has been a place that I have been able to push that aside and just live.
— Demarcus Cumberbatch ‘18
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— Claire C.
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— Hope K.
In FLU I have volunteered in the Taste of Pine Hills along with the Orange County Community cleanup at Robinswood. FLU has helped me understand the importance of networking and how to present myself. I understand that meeting new people will help me in the field I’m in because I could receive a great job due to the fact that my potential employer heard good things about me from the people that I know. All of that wouldn’t happen if I didn’t display myself as someone important.
— Judd St. Pierre ’18

President Emeritus Julien M. Serrano-O’Neil ‘ 17