Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, District 6 City Commissioner Samuel B. Ings and Heart of Florida United Way Expand Parramore Kidz Zone to Kaley Square in the Holden Heights Neighborhood
Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, District 6 City Commissioner Samuel B. Ings and Heart of Florida United Way CEO Jeff Hayward will join neighborhood youth and Holden Heights residents for the official ribbon cutting of Parramore Kidz Zone (PKZ) at Kaley Square. This event kicks off the first expansion of Mayor Dyer’s highly-successful signature children’s program, PKZ, into a second neighborhood in the City of Orlando.
The expansion will help to utilize PKZ’s proven strategies that have been successfully developed, tested and implemented in the Parramore neighborhood to the Holden Heights neighborhood to expand opportunities for youth there. The expansion program will operate at Kaley Square, a local nonprofit community center, and include the hiring of a student advocate to assist with tutoring, mentoring and consulting with teachers to develop individual student academic success plans.
The ability to expand PKZ to an estimated 40 youth a year in the Holden Heights neighborhood is being funded by a three-year grant from Heart of Florida United Way.
PARRAMORE KIDZ ZONE BACKGROUND:
Mayor Dyer launched the Parramore Kidz Zone in 2006 to help reduce juvenile crime, teen pregnancy and high school drop-out rates in the Parramore neighborhood, which was at that time Orlando’s highest poverty neighborhood.
PKZ has made a significant difference in the lives of Paramore’s youth by utilizing research-based programs such as quality early childhood education, after school programs, programs that build family economic success, youth development programs for teenagers, providing access to health care, mentoring, tutoring, college access assistance and more. Since its creation, PKZ has helped accomplish the following:
- Served more than 5,000 children
- Reduced juvenile arrests in Parramore by 63 percent
- Reduce teen births in Parramore by 73 percent
- Increased children enrollment in early learning programs by 270 percent
PKZ has been honored with the Powell Legacy Award from America’s Promise Alliance as an organization that is transforming a community and the lives of the young people and families who live there. Now PKZ will begin the transformation of a new community.
Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer
District 6 City Commissioner Samuel B. Ings
Heart of Florida United Way CEO Jeff Hayward
Kaley Square Founder & Executive Director Ted Haddock
Wednesday, January 10, 2018
Kaley Square Community Center
Parking will be available in front of Kaley Square. Public parking is also available along neighborhood streets in the area. When parking along residential streets, please remember to be mindful of not blocking access to homes.
In case of rain Ribbon Cutting will be held inside the Kaley Square gym