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2019-04-03 Print

New Image Youth Center seeks permanent home

Central Florida non-profit raises funds for new building


Orlando, Fla (April 3, 2019) – One hundred and twenty youth in the highly impoverished Parramore neighborhood in Orlando, Florida, are in jeopardy of losing their after school and summer program.

New Image Youth Center (NIYC) has been providing year-round academic support, social development, health and wellness, and crisis intervention to students and their families for 15 years. Now the nonprofit is calling on the Central Florida community for help to continue its important work. Currently, the center has month-to-month rental contracts with multiple landlords, and is currently operating at full capacity. This means regularly turning away youth who could benefit from its services. To allow for organizational growth, New Image is running a Capital Campaign to raise funds for a move to a new facility.

NIYC will kick off its Capital Campaign with a breakfast on Wednesday, May 8 from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. at the Citrus Club in Orlando. Registration and networking begin at 7:30 a.m. Tickets are $50 per person and now available for purchase. All proceeds benefit New Image Youth Center. This is the first event of several, including a golf tournament scheduled later this year. In addition to these efforts, NIYC is encouraging supporters to make monthly contributions or to volunteer their time. NIYC is aiming to raise at least $250,000 in the next few months.

“We have helped so many children and families in the most difficult of situations in the Parramore neighborhood and beyond, here in the City Beautiful,” said Dr. Shanta Barton-Stubbs, founder and executive director of NIYC. “We look forward to continuing our work for many years to come, and we need the community’s support as we diligently look for expanded space and the funding to make all of this possible.”

To effectively serve its current enrollment and allow for expansion, the center is seeking a building of 8,000 to 12,000 square feet, with outdoor green space for recreation. The ideal location is within the area bordered by: West Central Blvd to the north, West Gore St to the south, I-4 to the east, and South Orange Blossom Trail to the west. Locations south of West Gore St may be considered. If you believe you might have a space that could qualify, please contact Shanta Barton-Stubbs at

To purchase tickets for the breakfast benefit, visit For questions, email or call 321-805-6908.

About New Image Youth Center

New Image Youth Center, a 501c3 nonprofit, has been serving youth and families in the Parramore neighborhood since 2004. Through its four pillars – academic support, social development, health and wellness, and crisis intervention – NIYC helps underserved students prosper. The center has helped hundreds of kids ages 5 to 24 throughout its 15 years of service in Greater Orlando. For more information about New Image Youth Center, visit

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