Orlando, FL Service Plan
Orlando Cares is the product of a seven-month planning process, led by Mayor Buddy Dyer and coordinated by Orlando’s Chief Service Officer, Marcia Hope Goodwin. This process engaged hundreds of community stakeholders and service experts from the public and private sectors, including businesses, non-profits, neighborhood associations, faith institutions, schools, universities and every-day citizens. Orlando Cares is designed to insure that Orlando will be a leader in answering the call to service.
The first Orlando Cares priority focus area is youth education. Volunteers will engage in four Impact Service Initiatives focused on improving youth literacy and increasing academic support, which are intended to improve third grade FCAT scores and increase graduation rates. These initiatives are designed to promote community vitality and engage citizens in supporting the Mayor’s education goals of improving literacy, increasing graduation rates and expanding preschool enrollment.
The second Orlando Cares priority focus area is youth crime prevention, with a focus on reducing youth crime by engaging youth in adult-supervised, skill-building activities during “out of school” time.