Florida Institute for Community Studies Inc

Building on Community Strengths to Achieve Results

The Florida Institute for Community Studies is.....




Social Science Research & Evaluation

Our Programs


Our home-grown mentoring program that builds STEAM, improves grades and prevents youth (7-17) from getting involved in risky behaviors

HIV/AIDS Education, Counseling, and Testing

Through of Florida Department of Health License, we provide free RAPID HIV testing and services, FREE

YouCount Census

Partners in Wellness

Volunteer Program: Mentoring and Tutoring

Through out volunteers and partnerships we provide on-site tutoring and mentoring free of charge. We have a site license for youth to access MobyMax.com for FREE

Research, Planning, and evaluation

Our staff have expertise in qualitative and quantitative research, from design to data collection to analysis and reporting. Available in English and Spanish.


We offer youth FREE arts/crafts and theater classes through our contract with UACDC for Prodigy Cultural Arts! Currently we have art and dance! Stay tuned for more!

All Things Culture & Straz Partnership

We are bridging the gap between arts, art education, and our communities with partners at the Straz and Arts Council! Learn More by Clicking Here!

Impact Statement

FICS works at the community level to identify gaps and strengths. Through our community advisers, we use those strengths to write plans and create effective programs that build resilience and keep youth out of gangs, help make people healthier, and HIV and Substance free. Our reach extends to thousands of people per year, and we have documented significant improvements in teen pregnancy reduction, violence prevention, improved community responsibility and reduced dependence on law enforcement, prisons, and healthcare systems. We estimate a conservative savings to our community of $4.89 for every dollar spent on after school programs, meaning we have saved the community $1.5 million for youth. In terms of diabetics’ outcomes, we have documented a cost-savings of $782,811 per year. 


Community at the

FICS serves as a facilitator in assisting community by working across partners and groups in a way that allows youth, parents, researchers, community members, educators, and professionals to interact, exchange information and knowledge to create solutions. 

Our Financials

The Florida Institute for Community Studies takes pride in being financially transparent. Thats why we participate in GuideStar’s transparency Program. Our gold status was once again confirmed October 2019. You can view our financial filings by clicking here. 

Meet Our Executive Director

Dr. Alayne Unterberger PhD

Executive Director

Email: alayneu@ficsinc.org
Education: PhD Medical Anthropology, University of Florida

Alayne is a co-founder of FICS, which grew out of a series of initiatives with community leaders, students, professors and activists from across the state. She is passionate about FICS’ motto: CARE. It stands for Community, Activism, Research and Education. These four pillars emerged from community participatory research and reflect our belief that communities know their strengths and needs best. We work to develop community voices to advocate for solutions that create the conditions for success.


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Upcoming Events

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Volunteer with FICS


FICS is in constant need of volunteers. We are currently seeking 

  • Enthusiastic mentors
  • Event Volunteers
  • Data Entry Volunteers
  • Cleaning/Maintenance Volunteers


  • At Least 14 Years Old*
  • Orientation Mandatory

*If Under 18, a parent must attend orientation. 

Such an amazing group dedicated to supporting children and youth in Tampa areas and their families. FICS organizes a diverse group of programs and events.

Natalie Balazova​





Introducing our Online Donation Tool

FICS is excited to announce the introduction of our in-site donation tool. It is now easier then ever to make a difference. To donate simply scroll down on our homepage, choose your donation amount, and enter your credit card details, and you are done. All information is secured through Stripe Credit Processing and our Secure

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Alayne Unterberger

For Immediate Release: National Recognition for FICS

For immediate release: August 5, 2019 Contact: Alayne Unterberger, alayneu@ficsinc.org or 8134772882 Florida Institute for Community Studies (FICS) is Named National Partner of the Month by the US DHHS, SAMHSA, National Network to End Disparities (NNED) Tampa, FL – Florida Institute for Community Studies (FICS) is excited to announce that we have been named, through a competitive

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Alayne Unterberger

Photos: Culinary Arts with Ms. Sullivan

Summer4Success #wimauma culinary arts with Shirley Sullivan and imagination playground back by popular demand! It was a great short week – and we decided we like celery and peanut butter with raisins. Known as #Antsonalog

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Alayne Unterberger

Photos: Dance Battle 2019

That’s a wrap! 7th annual Dance Battle in the books! A big shout out and show out to the youth from FICS and Tampa 1 Prodigy as well as all the staff and partners who help make this happen! Congrats to all of the winners and those who took a chance to compete. Until next

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Donate to FICS

FICS is a 5013(c) non-profit organization. All donations are tax-deductible. Consult your tax professional for more details. 

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Volunteering at FICS has undoubtedly made me a better person and educator. Every time I volunteer here, I learn something new and exciting. The kids are special to me and I feel so thankful that I can be a part of their cognitive, social, and emotional development. ​

Christopher Taylor



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7510 Soccer Ave Tampa, Florida​

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