Local Partners

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Boys & Girls Club of the Big Bend
The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Big Bend is a non-profit organization serving the needs of hundreds of children and teenagers in Leon and Gadsden counties after school and all day during the summer.

Afterschool, ages 5 - 18
Theresa Flurry
306 Laura Lee Avenue
Tallahassee, FL 32301
850-656-8100
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Big Brothers & Big Sisters of the Big Bend
Big Brothers Big Sisters targets the children who need us most, including those living in single parent homes, growing up in poverty and coping with parental incarceration. Starting something begins with finding a great match between a Big and a Little.

All ages
Louis Garcia
565 East Tennessee Street
Tallahassee, FL 32308
850-386-6002
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Florida Afterschool Network (FAN)
The Florida Afterschool Network provides leadership to advocate for the development, enhancement and sustainability of innovative, high quality afterschool programs and policies statewide.

Links to Afterschool, K - 12
Larry Pintacuda
111 N. Gadsden St.
Tallahassee, FL 32301
850-222-1340
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Distinguished Young Gentleman (DYG)
Distinguished Young Gentlemen of America, Inc. (DYG) is a national non-profit entity fully committed to addressing a myriad of multi dimensional issues permeating throughout the world. DYG of America, Inc. firmly stands on the principles of Manly Deeds, Academic Excellence, and Servant Leadership.

Summer Programs, Tutoring & Mentoring, Teens
Ramon Alexander
2606 Pottsdamer St.
Tallahassee, FL 32310
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United Way of the Big Bend
United Way of the Big Bend unites and inspires local citizens in caring for one another and building a more vibrant community.

Reading Pals and Links to Other Services, All ages
Heather Mitchell
307 East 7th Avenue
Tallahassee, FL 32303
414-0844
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Communities In Schools
Communities In Schools (CIS) is a private, nonprofit organization that connects much needed community resources from public and private sectors with at-risk students. We utilize the power of partnerships to serve students, schools and communities.

Works with schools, school supply drives, ages 5 - 15
Matt McKibbin
Tallahassee Community College
444 Appleyard Dr. Bldg 298 Tallahassee, FL 32304
850-201-9756
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Early Learning Coalition of the Big Bend
The Early Learning Coalition of the Big Bend Region (ELC) is a private not-for-profit organization that provides services to families, children, and child care providers in the seven counties that comprise northern Florida’s Big Bend Region: Gadsden, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty, Madison, Taylor, and Wakulla.

Childcare information, provides childcare assistance, professional development, 0 - 7
Molly Lord
1940 N Monroe Street, Suite 70
Tallahassee, FL 32303
850-385-0504
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211 Big Bend
Serves as the preferred 24/7 gateway to community services and support. They provide assessment, emotional support, crisis assistance, education, training, and referrals with up-to-date resource information.

Resource and Referral, Counseling, all ages
Jason Zauder
PO Box 10950
Tallahassee, FL 32302
850-617-6303
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Take Stock in Children - College Reach Out Program
The major purpose of the program is to increase the number of low and lower-middle income potential first generation-in-college students in grades 6-12 who are able to successfully complete a college education.

Homework assistance, Academic enrichment, college prep, field trips, college and career exploration, teens & young adult
Wendell Johnson
Tallahassee Community College
College Reach-Out Program SU214, 444 Appleyard Dr. Tallahassee, FL 32304
850-201-8314
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50 Large
An effort to prevent gang involvement by redirecting energies of young men within the targeted population.

Character development, Academic support, tutoring, life skills
Larry Thompson
2757 West Pensacola St
Tallahassee, FL 32304
850-487-7173
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Ghazvini Learning Center
The Success Academy at Ghazvini is designed to to meet students needs and aspirations allowing students to excel in the curriculum at an acclerated pace and to recover from academic deficiencies.

School program, WFSU Professional Lunch series, Operation American Graduate Leadership program, 13-18
Joe Pons, Principal
Leah Dienger, Peer Counselor
860 Blountstown Highway
Tallahassee, FL 32304
850-488-2087
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Fostering Achievement Fellowship
The Fostering Achievement Fellowship Program was established to address the overwhelming need for a comprehensive support structure to assist foster youth in making the transition from a structured foster care program to independent young adulthood. The Fellowship program will provide financial, academic, and social support to assist college bound youth aging out of foster care pursue a college education.

Support to foster youth entering college, teens & young adult
Equan Burrows
Tallahassee Community College
444 Appleyard Dr.
Tallahassee, FL 32304
850-201-9767
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Palmer Munroe Teen Center
Opened in 2012, the PMTC is a place dedicated to serving our most vulnerable youth; a place for teens to expand their opportunities, learn about social responsibility, civic awareness and guided through a restorative justice program.

Afterschool and weekend programs, teens
Tomica Archie Smith
1900 Jackson Bluff Road
Tallahassee, FL
850-891-2569
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The Character Center
The Character Center is an academic-based afterschool program is designed to help children (K through 8th grades) catch up, keep up, and get ahead in school...in spite of their learning challenges.

Afterschool, K-8
Zachary Richardson
129 Pivotal Point Enterprises, Inc
Tallahassee, FL 32304
850-385-9225
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Youth Programs, FSU
Youth Programs makes a wonderful difference in the lives of students in grades K-12. All mentors gain valuable experiences: interacting with children; learning and applying tutoring skills in reading, writing, math and science; and providing a much-needed service in school sites as well as after-school programs. Inspiring someone else to be successful, academically and socially, and to give hope to and inspire the dreams of others is a powerful role that our mentors fulfill. Our program is the place where you can inspire, empower and encourage someone else by simply being you.

Joi Phillips
Program Coordinator, Youth Programs,
850-644-9567
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Junior Achievement
The mission of Junior Achievement is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy. To fulfill this mission Junior Achievement partners community volunteers with teachers in grades K-12 to implement curriculum focusing on three key content areas: entrepreneurship, financial literacy, and workplace readiness. At Junior Achievement we believe in:
  • The boundless potential of young people
  • Commitment to the principles of market-based economics and entrepreneurship
  • Passion for what we do and honesty, integrity and excellence in how we do it
  • Respect for the talents, creativity, perspectives, and background of all individuals
  • Belief in the power of partnership and collaboration
  • Conviction in the educational and motivational impact of relevant, hands-on learning


Junior Achievement Big Bend
P.O. Box 14268 
Tallahassee, FL. 32317
850-544-5510
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Youth Leadership Tallahassee
Youth Leadership Tallahassee, a program of Leadership Tallahassee, a division of the greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce. A year-long program bringing together a diverse group of high school juniors from public and private schools in Tallahassee who have Demonstrated leadership potential in formal and informal situations, and preparing them to become ethical leaders committed to active community involvement. Applications are required.

Julie Lovelace
Program Director
PO Box 1639, Tallahassee, FL 32302
850-521-3115
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