Volunteers for Community Impact (VCI) has had a presence in the Central Florida community since 1974. Our core programs have remained the same, however, our impact continues to strengthen as we add more programs to assist the under-served in Central Florida. The mission of VCI is to, “Improve Lives through Volunteerism.” We accomplish this largely through engaging active older adults (age 55+) to make a positive impact in our community.
One of our newest programs – GOAL (Girls Overcome Achieve and Learn) builds upon and expands this mission by engaging not just Seniors, but all adults over the age of 18, who wish to make a difference in the lives of underserved girls. If you’re an adult, especially a woman, who wishes to make a difference in the lives of girls and young women, we encourage you to read more about the GOAL program. Become a volunteer! Become a donor or a supporter!
Through mentorship in VCI’s GOAL Program, girls will become more confident, increase their knowledge of problem-solving and life skills, and develop healthy relationships with their peers. GOAL is a collaboration with three organizations: Orange County Public Schools’ (OCPS) Minority Achievement Office, Youth Empowerment Project, and FIRST Robotics.
- OCPS’s Minority Achievement Office works to ensure every student has promising and successful future. With the help and support of families and the Central Florida community, they create enriching and diverse pathways that lead students to success. To further their reach the Minority Achievement Office launched Find Your Voice to mentor and lead girls to prominent levels of accomplishment and success. Find Your Voice engages young women in activities that align with the organization’s vision to empower girls in finding their voice and identify their purpose to become impactful leaders. Find Your Voice utilizes its core values of “V.O.I.C.E.” to help young women find their inner strength.
- Value – Girls value themselves and will move towards our goals.
- Overcome – Girls will confront challenges and overcome them.
- Integrity – Girls will uphold moral living to make the world a better place.
- Commitment – Girls commit to be present consistently and to serve others.
- Enthusiasm – Girls will pursue success enthusiastically.
Youth Empowerment Project
- The Youth Empowerment Project (YEP) is an after-school leadership program designed for middle school and high school students. YEP’s mission is to expose, equip and empower youth and young adults through career exploration, professional development, and internships.
- Career Exploration – YEP prides themselves on providing opportunities for students to be exposed to various careers. They have ventured into video games design, architecture, financial investment companies, printing, sports training,
- Vocational Training – YEP allows students to experience real world application in video production, graphic design, social media management, web development, music production and expanding to give students valuable skills.
- Leadership Development – YEP provides training for students emotional, personal, and professional well-being to develop well rounded students that practice self-care and are powerful leaders.
- Internship – YEP provides students with paid and unpaid internships teach them how to operate in a real-world work environment while learning how to meet deadlines.
YEP, provides an outlet for students to let their voices be heard as they discuss topics that they face every day and gain insight from their perspective to allow outlets to find solutions, gain understanding, and hear their voice
Reports show that STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) occupations are growing at double the rate of other professions, and Girl Scouts is committed to filling the STEM workforce pipeline. Therefore, the GOAL program will also be collaborating with FIRST and will take a select group of our girls and form an all-girls Robotics Competition Team. Through the creation of this, we will provide girls with the space and opportunity to engage and participate in specific activities that will foster an interest in STEM and help them learn to succeed.
FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) was founded in 1989 by inventor Dean Kamen. The mission of FIRST is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders, by engaging them in exciting Mentor-based programs that build science, engineering, and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self- confidence, communication, and leadership. There are $80 million dollars in scholarships available through this program.
If you are a woman over the age of 18 who wishes to volunteer as a mentor, in order to help us prepare girls for future success then please complete the volunteer application below.
If you’re unable to volunteer at this time, please consider making a small donation to support the work of GOAL.