SCF Awards Grants for MLK Community Service Projects

(Bradenton, Fla., December 20, 2013) —State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) announced the grant recipients for community projects as part of the communitywide 2014 MLK Day of Service.

SCF received funding from the Florida Legislature to provide opportunities for Manatee County community members to participate in the nationwide effort to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a day of community service on the federal holiday, Jan. 20, 2014. In this pilot year, the grant is focused on the areas of Bradenton and Palmetto.

The following community organizations received the grants:

  • April Childers Consulting LLC will host a series of workshops, "How to Grow Your Business," to increase the knowledge base of Bradenton and Palmetto business owners. An essay contest also will be offered at a public school in Bradenton or Palmetto.
  • Beauty, Health, and Nature will host a workshop to educate young women about hygiene and hair care.
  • Black Entrepreneurs Club will host a workshop to teach minority students how to start their own business and encourage their entrepreneurship efforts through mentoring.
  • Boys and Girls Clubs of Manatee County will provide breakfast for 500 at-risk youth, families and the homeless and give students backpacks filled with school supplies.
  • Central Community Redevelopment Agency will revitalize an existing park by installing a basketball goal, playground surface area, barbecue grill, trash receptacles and a new gazebo roof.
  • Charisma Café and Teahouse will host a "Mommy, Daddy and Me" tea party and activities, including family portraits, face painting, family-oriented games, art projects and storytelling.
  • 201 Church of Christ will host a forum for African-American and Latino males to address the importance of good mental and physical health.
  • Early Learning Coalition of Manatee County Inc. will encourage parents to read with their children by distributing books to students that address Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s values of community collaboration nonviolence, volunteerism and social equality.
  • Education Consultants Consortium Inc. will renovate the Kelly-Brown Center in Palmetto to create a safe environment for youth to participate in structured activities.
  • JJ Frost Holdings Inc. will host an event by offering a culturally diverse vendor fair with an opportunity for community members or groups to express their cultural heritage in dance or spoken word.
  • Sarasota-Bradenton Kappa Alpha Psi will provide computer literacy skills and training to increase students' overall academic performance and develop positive social skills through mentoring.
  • The Ivy Foundation Inc. will host a lunch and workshop to provide basic computer training to veterans and homeless youth in Manatee County.
  • Manatee-Sarasota Democratic Black Caucus will offer an eight-week civics course for minority students to equip young people with the skills to become responsible voting adults.
  • Natural Protection Inc. will provide a workshop to help young males and females develop healthy lifestyles that lead to improved quality of life and self-esteem.
  • Orange Ridge-Bullock Elementary School will send fifth grade students to the MLK museum in Atlanta, Ga., and inspire the student body to respect diversity and become ambassadors for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s ideals through a school courtyard revitalization effort.
  • Ortygia LLC, Meals on Wheels, Salvation Army, Am Vets and Elder Services, will provide meals to elderly, disabled and special needs residents who live in and around the Village of the Arts community.
  • Palmetto Youth Center will host "Unity the Path to the Dream," an essay and speech contest to help middle school and high school students understand the value of education and appreciate the diversity in the community.
  • Redeemed Christian Center will host a "Unity in the Community" celebration to promoting respect for diversity, wellness, and collaboration. Underprivileged students also will receive school supplies.
  • The SCF Collegiate School National Junior Honor Society and Diversity Club will host a workshop, "The Dream Preferred Project." Students also mentor, tutor and provide academic guidance to at-risk students in Manatee County.
  • Simple Science Books Corp. will give 500 free science books to students and provide hands-on projects to increase students' interest in science and mathematics.
  • Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. and Five Pearls of Excellence Inc. will offer "Social Media: Are Teens Killing the Dream" to explain how inappropriate uses of social media can limit teens' opportunities in higher education, employment, scholarships and military service.

Times, locations and other details about the events will be available online at

For more information, visit, email or call Keenan Wooten, program manager, or Rodney Jones, program coordinator, at 941-752-5178.

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