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Evans Community School

Evans Community School
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History

The Center for Community Partnerships was launched in 2001 with community financial support from the Winter Park Health Foundation and the Florida Hospital Community Health Improvement Council. The center's mission was to link faculty, staff and student expertise at UCF with the research needs of public- and private- sector organizations in Central Florida.

The following year, the College of Health and Public Affairs and former Dean Belinda McCarthy received special funding from the UCF Provost's Office to develop a community-partnership curriculum associated with the new center. The center went on to offer UCF doctoral students in public affairs excellent opportunities to improve their skills by participating in research that addressed community needs.

These early steps were the beginning of the center's ongoing effort to develop effective university-community partnerships between the college's departments and programs and government and nonprofit organizations throughout the region.

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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