As a non-profit organization, City Year Orlando's service is made possible through community support. Through the investment of individuals, corporations and foundations, City Year Orlando AmeriCorps members support thousands of OCPS students. On Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018, the Orlando Magic Youth Foundation invested in City Year Orlando with a $30,000 grant to go toward its "Whole School, Whole Child" program.
The "Whole School, Whole Child" program is based around highly trained AmeriCorps members providing individualized support to at-risk students, while also establishing an overall positive learning environment in the schools that need it the most. With a continuous process of data-informed intervention, the right support is given to the right students at the right time.
The Orlando Magic Youth Foundation has always supported the Central Florida community, distributing more than $23 million to local organizations over the past 28 years. This year, they awarded $1.04 million in grants to 27 nonprofit organizations dedicated to bettering the lives of those in need throughout the area.
"This community gives so much to us in terms of support, and it’s important for us to give that back to them,” said Orlando Magic CEO Alex Martins to the Orlando Sentinel. “As I’ve always said, this is my favorite day of the year."
To accept the award on City Year Orlando's behalf was Jared Billings (pictured below on right), Vice President and Executive Director, Tara Kane (pictured on left), External Affairs Director, and Joel Glass (pictured in center), board member. Joel Glass also serves as the Senior Vice President of Communications for the Orlando Magic.
Grants are extremely important in City Year Orlando's pursuit to help students reach their full potential. So, to the Orlando Magic Youth Foundation, we say thank you.