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Allegany Franciscan Ministries has approved one of the largest funding requests in the history of its community investment plans.

Earlier this month, the Overtown Children and Youth Coalition (OCYC), a 501c3 organization, was awarded a $600,000 grant over a three-year period. Allegany Franciscan Ministry Common Good Initiative has committed $1,000,000 per year for seven years to the Overtown community and that investment will focus on the development of high employment opportunities, youth and civic engagement as requested by the residents of Overtown. The decision to investment in the OCYC was the first of many planned in the coming year.

The mission of the OCYC is to create collective impact to empower Overtown children and youth to reach their full potential. The goal is to serve as a catalyst to convene, network, leverage, scale and impact a critical mass of children and youth through its membership base by supporting member’s efforts to work collaboratively, increase capacity and increase both the quality and quantity of opportunities for youth to reach their full potential.

To learn more about the Overtown Children and Youth Coalition, the Good Government Initiative and the investment in Overtown youth, visit overtowncyc.tumblr.com/
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SSNOP Leadership Council members Brian McEwen,Tom Looby, Maria Negron, Sheff Crowder, Carolyn Riggins, D. Shenell Reed, Miray Ross Holmes, Curt McKay and Regina McBride-Smith

Conn Memorial Foundation has a proven track record of focusing on the educational achievement of children in low income neighborhoods. Since 2006, Conn Memorial Foundation has provided over $2 million to local service providers in Sulphur Springs including Champions for Children, Devereux Kids, Frameworks and the Sulphur Springs YMCA. Funding has also been provided for the Community School Director at the Sulphur Springs K-8 Community School. Sheff Crowder, President of the Conn Memorial Foundation and Chair of the Sulphur Springs Neighborhood of Promise (SSNOP) Leadership Council, notes that the collaborative approach of SSNOP has been an asset for the community. “We have all of the key stakeholders at the same table… Sulphur Springs residents, City of Tampa, Hillsborough County Public Schools, the Children’s Board of Hillsborough County, United Way Suncoast, other providers, and the many local service providers.”

Two key SSNOP goals for the coming year are to expand resident involvement in the Sulphur Springs K-8 Community School and to improve economic stability in Sulphur Springs by increasing opportunities for home ownership.

The Conn Memorial Foundation, established in 1954, has other strategic initiatives including the Tampa Pre-school Partnership focused on early childhood; targeted funding of Out of School Time; and nonprofit capacity building programs at the Nonprofit Leadership Center of Tampa Bay and University of Tampa. For more information, visit the website at www.connfoundation.org.
For more information on Florida Children's Initiatives, visit each site by clicking their logo below or visit Florida Statute 409.147.
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