Parramore’s New Image Youth Center Celebrates 17th Year of Providing Community Service

ORLANDO, Florida – Earlier this year, we took you to the New Image Youth Center, also known as “the good one in the neighborhood”. The center celebrated its 17th year of providing after-school child care and summer programs to youth in the Parramore neighborhood of Orlando.

“It is a motto that we constantly use to remind ourselves, whatever situation we find ourselves in, when we step out of these doors, we can be the representation that there is so much good in every neighborhood”, Dr Shanta, Founder and CEO. Barton-Stubbs said.

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Barton-Stubbs says that every program and activity at the New Image Youth Center falls under one of the five pillars.

“School success, social development, health and wellness, crisis intervention and from 2020 we have added our fifth pillar, social justice,” she said.

Barton-Stubbs said that when the center opened, four students were coming there regularly. Today, around 65 children come every day for after-school care, homework help, private lessons and activities like mixed martial arts.

And thanks to the generosity of former employee Abby O’Brien, enough money was raised through a GoFundMe account to buy each child a gift from their Holiday Wish List. The goal was to raise $ 5,000, but over $ 9,800 was raised. Barton-Stubbs said the extra money would help fund the centre’s programming.

“We know this has been difficult for many parents and children who attend here, so it’s a great way to put a smile on a child’s face. We are going to have a party next week where the kids can see what we bought them, ”she said.

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And as part of the 30th Orlando Magic Celebration, the New Image Youth Center received a $ 90,000 grant from the Devos family as part of their 30 Grants for 30 Years initiative.

Barton-Stubbs said they are still looking for volunteers. To find out how to volunteer or make a donation, visit the Nouvelle Image Youth Center online by clicking here.

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