SCF awards 21 grants for MLK projects in Manatee, Palmetto

HERALD STAFF REPORTDecember 25, 2013 

BRADENTON -- State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota announced 21 grant recipients for community projects as part of the communitywide 2014 MLK Day of Service.

Grant totals were not disclosed.

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 Jan. 20 federal holiday. In this pilot year, the grant is focused on Bradenton and Palmetto.

The following community organizations received grants:

• April Childers Consulting LLC for a series of "How to Grow Your Business" workshops for 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 entrepreneurship 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, games, art projects and storytelling.

• 201 Church of Christ will host a forum for African-American and Latino males on 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 on 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 for youth to participate in structured activities.

• JJ Frost Holdings Inc. will host an event by offering a culturally diverse vendor fair for community members or groups to express cultural heritage in dance or spoken word.

• Sarasota-Bradenton Kappa Alpha Psi will provide computer literacy skills and training to increase overall academic performance and develop 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 help young people become responsible voting adults.

• Natural Protection Inc. will provide a workshop to help young males and females develop healthy lifestyles, improved quality of life and self-esteem.

• Orange Ridge-Bullock Elementary School will send fifth-grade students to the MLK museum in Atlanta.

• Ortygia LLC, Meals on Wheels, Salvation Army, Am Vets and Elder Services will provide meals to elderly, disabled and special needs residents who near 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 community diversity.

• Redeemed Christian Center will host a "Unity in the Community" celebration to promote respect for diversity, wellness and collaboration. Underprivileged students will receive school supplies.

• The SCF Collegiate School National Junior Honor Society and Diversity Club will host a "The Dream Preferred Project" workshop. Students mentor and tutor 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 student 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 teen opportunities in higher education, employment, scholarships and military service.

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

Information: visit, email or call Keenan Wooten, program manager, or Rodney Jones, program coordinator, at 941-752-5178.

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