The mission of the City of Orlando’s Kidz Zone initiative is to identify severely under-resourced neighborhoods in Orlando and provide a new social service paradigm that systematically coordinates programs that address the critical needs of children and their families. The Engelwood neighborhood represents one of Orlando’s most under-served communities and was selected as a replication site based on a needs assessment of a multitude of youth metrics including education, juvenile crime, and socioeconomic status. The creation and implementation of the “Kidz Zone” structure provides a foundation for a unified continuum of care for all Engelwood youth. With the ultimate goal of providing a pathway out of poverty to a healthy, successful and fulfilled life.
How will this make a difference? Outcomes over time include:
1. Academic Interventions – 300 youth provided academic support by assigned “Student Advocates”. Activities include academic advising, intensive tutoring, and mentoring.
2. After-School and Summer Programs – Daily comprehensive programs include project based learning lessons taught by certified teachers, core subject tutoring, wellness activities and weekly social and emotional learning groups.
3. Athletics – All youth eligible to participate in City recreation and sports leagues at no cost.
4. Youth Employment – Paid workforce training and job internship program for youth ages 16-25 throughout the year.
5. Enrichment Programs – These include performing and visual arts, field trips, college tours, etc.
6. Economic Assistance – Financial assistance provided to families of qualifying zone youth.
7. Other Partner Services – Early childhood education, healthcare and legal.
Being a partner in helping to achieve the results listed above will be incredible for our neighborhood and will certainly provide us at Prince of Peace with opportunities to introduce children and families to Jesus.
We need a group of volunteers to assist with gathering the baseline data needed to create the programs and services needed. One hundred households with children will be surveyed and will receive a $50 gift card in exchange for their participation. It is important that we gather the wants and needs of the community to ensure the programs offerings are in line with the needs of our community members!
What to Expect on January 30:
• Come to the Englewood Recreation Center THIS Saturday (January 30) at 8:00 am; located at 6123 La Costa Drive. A lite breakfast will be provided.
• During breakfast, Alexandra, the Director of the Engelwood Recreation Center, will provide training of how to conduct the survey and explain more about the project.
• You will be placed with at least one other person — the plan is to match English speakers and Spanish speakers. You will then be given specific addresses to survey.
• We will gather back at the Englewood Center for a light lunch and turn in our results. We are praying that we have 40-50 volunteers so there will be no need to go back out in the afternoon.
We will then seek out further ways to come alongside Englewood Center and make a difference in the lives of people as this project progresses.
To help us plan- please follow the link below to sign up to volunteer on Saturday. Your efforts will help make all the difference for a child or family! Thank you for prayerfully considering volunteering your time.
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Do you know someone that is willing and able to volunteer at this event?