2017 Community Partnership Award Winners



Evans High School • A Community Partnership School

Evans Community Partnership School

Young people come to school with more than sneakers and a backpack. Many students across America, especially those living in poverty, also carry the burden of hunger; inadequate medical and dental care; exposure to gang activity; or physical, emotional or sexual abuse. These challenges often undercut a student’s ability to thrive and succeed in the classroom and beyond.

In 2012, Children’s Home Society of Florida (CHS) created, in partnership with Orange County Public Schools, the University of Central Florida and Orange Blossom Family Health, Evans High School • A Community Partnership School to build a bridge to success for students and residents of Pine Hills. Gripped by a vicious cycle of crime and violence, Pine Hills is an under-resourced neighborhood on the western side of Orlando.

The school uses a transformative “no-wrong-door” delivery model to provide a range of social services, including on-site medical and dental services, mental-health and counseling programs, after-school enrichment and mentoring, and transportation and meals, aimed at raising the academic ground floor and empowering students to succeed. Today, the School has 15 agencies working collaboratively to strengthen the community by creating opportunities for students and their families to reach their full potential.

“Often, the needs of students and community are greater than a school’s capacity to meet those needs,” said Michael Shaver, President and CEO of CHS. “Our community impact model enables us to collaborate with school staff to ensure the nearly 2,600 students at Evans High School are receiving the academic, social-emotional and developmental services they need to reach their fullest potential.

“Since 2012, graduation rates have increased from 64% to 80%, math and reading proficiency rates have risen, and disciplinary referrals have fallen by half. We’ve successfully replicated our model in five additional communities throughout Florida, and we hope our success will inspire other under-resourced neighborhoods to use our model to build stronger, more resilient communities across the country.”

Children’s Home Society of Florida

Evans High School • A Community Partnership School

University of Central Florida
Orange County Public Schools
Orange Blossom Family Health
Additional social services agencies

Circle the City Medical Respite Center
Power of Fathers
Go-Team Police Partnership   Single-Family Home Ownership Program
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Opioid Overdose Recovery Program   Teamster Union Apprenticeship Career Pathway
Rosie’s Place Community Collaborative    
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