FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Heather Fagan 407.246.3423
Cassandra Lafser 407.246.2182
Orlando Mayor Dyer Launches Fourth
Cities of Service Initiative Aimed at Youth Education and Youth Crime
On Tuesday, August 30, Orlando Mayor Dyer will join with preschool
children, families, volunteers and ORLANDO CARES partners Early Learning
Coalition and Adult Literacy League to launch the latest Cities of
Service initiative. Preschool Ambassadors is a program that will engage
families in early literacy activities, increase pre-kindergarten
enrollment and improve literacy instruction in pre-kindergarten centers.
ORLANDO CARES is the City’s high-impact volunteer plan designed to
address the issues of youth crime prevention and education through six
service initiatives. Mayor Buddy’s Book Club, COMPACT Expansion and The
Garden initiatives have already launched and two more programs will
launch later this fall in addition to the program launching today
including School Turnaround Project – Interfaith Volunteer Pilot and
Path Finders. *A full description and more information on each ORLANDO
CARES program is attached.
On March 31, 2011, Mayor Dyer launched ORLANDO CARES, the City’s
high-impact service plan made possible through a $200,000 Cities of
Service Leadership Grant awarded to Orlando in June 2010, funded jointly
by the Rockefeller Foundation and Bloomberg Philanthropies. This grant
enabled Orlando to hire a Chief Service Officer who is responsible for
developing and implementing the high-impact service plan. This plan
builds on existing volunteer programs and aims to engage more residents,
businesses and community groups in service efforts that address the
City’s priorities of youth education and youth crime prevention.
Through the grant, a Mayor’s Service Advisory Council was created in the
fall of 2010, made up of hundreds of key community partners and
stakeholders, who designed the ORLANDO CARES programs through a
collaborative process. The advisory council will continue to be involved
in the initiative, providing feedback, making recommendations and
assessing progress throughout the programs.
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
*Mayor Dyer will be on hand to read “Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for
Kindergarten” by Joseph Slate to attending children.*
Conway Learning Center
3636 East Michigan Street
Orlando, FL 32812
EXISTING CITY OF ORLANDO SERVICE PROGRAMS:
Mayor’s Matching Grant Program:
The Mayor’s Matching Grant program provides funding to local
organizations who involve volunteers to implement or expand programs
that engage youth in positive activities and educational opportunities
including mentoring, creative arts, culture, career exploration and
Mayor’s Community Service Work-Alongs:
As part of the City’s Strengthen Orlando plan, Mayor Dyer transitioned
his series of work-alongs to focus primarily on community service.
Through leading by example, the City is encouraging citizens to get
involved and continually give back to their community.
CITIES OF SERVICE:
About Cities of Service
Founded in New York City on September 10, 2009 by 17 mayors from cities
around the nation, Cities of Service is a bipartisan coalition of mayors
who have committed to work together to engage citizens in a multi-year
effort to address pressing city needs through impact volunteerism. The
coalition includes more than 100 mayors, representing more than 49
million Americans across the nation.
Cities of Service supports mayors to leverage citizen service
strategies, addressing local needs and making government more effective.
All Cities of Service efforts are characterized by a concept called
“impact volunteering” – volunteer strategies that target community
needs, use best practices, and set clear outcomes and measures to gauge
About Cities of Service Leadership Grants
In June 2010, the second round of Cities of Service Leadership Grants,
funded jointly by the Rockefeller Foundation and Bloomberg
Philanthropies, were awarded to Austin, TX; Atlanta, GA; Baltimore, MD;
Baton Rouge, LA; Chula Vista, CA; Houston, TX; Little Rock, AR; Orlando,
FL; Pittsburgh, PA; and Richmond, VA. As with the first round, these
two-year grants enable cities to hire Chief Service Officers responsible
for developing and implementing high-impact service plans.
The first round of Cities of Service Leadership Grants, funded by the
Rockefeller Foundation, were awarded in January 2010 to Chicago, IL;
Detroit, MI; Los Angeles, CA; Nashville, TN; Newark, NJ; Omaha, NE;
Philadelphia, PA; Sacramento, CA; Savannah, GA; and Seattle, WA. These
ten cities launched high-impact service plans in September 2010.
The first high-impact service plan was developed by New York City Mayor
Michael R. Bloomberg when he created NYC Service and hired the nation’s
first Chief Service Officer in 2009.
More information about the coalition can be found at