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Evans Community School

Evans Community School
Central Florida Nonprofit Nexus UCF Campus Map At Evans Community School

About the Center

The Center for Community Partnerships develops, facilitates and supports university-community partnerships that strengthen communities in Central Florida. A major thrust of the center is to develop long-term partnerships between the College of Health and Public Affairs, other colleges across the University of Central Florida, and the Central Florida community. 

The center focuses on the following areas:

  • community engagement
  • collaborative partnerships
  • research and service
  • long-term solutions to societal concerns

At UCF, center personnel work closely with college administrators, department leaders and faculty members to identify critical community priorities, faculty interests and capabilities, and internal and external partnership opportunities. In the community, they place a priority on engaging community leaders, with several goals in mind:

  • to develop strong interpersonal and inter-organizational relationships
  • to develop a keen understanding of issues facing community members, schools, and government and nonprofit organizations in the public sector
  • to facilitate discussions on strategies to address critical community concerns
  • to initiate long-term partnerships to address those concerns

Learn more about the center's current partnerships and partnership opportunities by reviewing this website or contacting Director Nancy Ellis at nancy.ellis@ucf.edu or Administrative Coordinator Heather Lambert at heather.lambert@ucf.edu.

If we can change the system and bring people together to have the right kind of conversations, then we can really make a long-term change in people's lives -- and that is the goal.
— Nancy Ellis,  CCP Director
The idea is to form a long-term partnership in the community that, over time, can have a significant impact on improving the lives of children and families.
— Dean Michael Frumkin,  Dean of the College of Health and Public Affairs
SYNERGY…that’s the word that comes to mind. Without the collaborations facilitated by the Center for Community Partnerships we would not have been able to produce results for kids.
— Raymond Larsen,  Children’s Community Services Director, Heart of Florida United Way
We could not have implemented the Evans Community School without the vast resources and expertise of the committed and dedicated staff.
— Charlene Sears-Tolbert,  Children’s Home Society of Florida, Evans Community School Director
“The Center for Community Partnerships has been a real treasure for Central Florida. They have helped so many organizations, established needed services, and given the community a welcome link to the University.”
— Linda Sutherland,  Healthy Start
I am in awe of the amount of time, patience, and expertise that the CCP has expended during our joint project with OCPS in developing the Evans Community School. Dr. Ellis and Dean Frumkin are tireless advocates who...
— David Bundy,  President/CEO, Children’s Home Society of Florida
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