Our Mission
To PARTNER with communities across Florida to help them achieve their goals through research, education, training, services and the arts. FICS believes that communities know their strengths and gaps better than anyone else. We work to build on the strengths to close gaps through active partnerships.
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The Florida Institute for Community Studies Is...

Mission Driven

Community Centered

Results-Oriented

Social Science Research and Evaluation

Our Programs

Summer4Success

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

An accurate census helps ensure you have a voice at all levels of government. Through a grant with the Tau Foundation, FICS seeks to educate and inform the community to ensure YouCount!

Partners in Wellness

FICS programming has been strategically focused on responding to identified community needs and an overall request to assist in creating more wellness, opportunities and positive outcomes at the individual, family, peer/school and community levels

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.

Prodigy

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 visiting our website!

Our Mission

To PARTNER with communities across Florida to help them achieve their goals through research, education, training, services and the arts. FICS believes that communities know their strengths and gaps better than anyone else. We work to build on the strengths to close gaps through active partnerships.

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#BLM Sign Waving

Our #Summer4Success youth are multicultural and resilient. They have learned that they need to express their voices to make change….they watch the news and yet, they know that their elders have to work and prioritize their survival. They decided to start using their voices publicly-and we have to be careful due to heat indexes off the charts

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3-21 Update

FICS will be closed on Monday 3/23/2020 for deep cleaning of our facility. We will also be assessing our plan going forward.

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FICS COVID-19 Update

Given the huge spike overnight in COVID19 cases in our area, FICS is going to turn this CELEBRATION into a FUNDRAISER to help our families! At this moment, we intend to stay open this week as planned, feed our kids and families and run SpringBreak4Success without interruption.

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FICS Statement on Coronavirus

The coronavirus or CoVid-19 is a very dangerous infection that has no cure or vaccine at present. FICS is committed to keeping our community and families safe, and for that reason we are following the World Health Organization’s recommendations (https://www.who.int/health-topics/coronavirus). Our goal is to maintain a calm approach towards the pandemic and PREVENT this disease, which can be life-threatening.

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Upcoming Events

#BLM Sign Waving

Our #Summer4Success youth are multicultural and resilient. They have learned that they need to express their voices to make change….they watch the news and yet, they know that their elders have to work and prioritize their survival. They decided to start using their voices publicly-and we have to be careful due to heat indexes off the charts

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Our Impact

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.

Our Model

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 Finances

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Meet our Executive Director

Dr. Alayne Unterberger PhD

Executive Director

Email: alayneu@ficsinc.org

Education: 

  • PhD Medical Anthropology, University of Florida
  • MA Anthropology, University of South Florida
  • BA, International Relations and Spanish, Juniata College

Other Professional Activities:

  • Adjunct Professor of Public Health, University of South Florida
  • Adjunct Professor of Anthropology, Hillsborough Community College

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.

Meet our Board Chairman

Mr. Carlton Lewis

Chairman of the Board

Education:  Bachelor of Arts, Human Resource Management, Saint Leo University

Awards and Honors:

  • Upper Tampa Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce, Citizen of the Year 2005
  • Hillsborough County, Florida Citizenship Award 2004
  • Hillsborough County of Children Services Citizenship Award 2003
  • Hillsborough County Moral Courage Award, Timberlane Crime Watch 1993
  • Honor Graduate, Cum Laude, Saint Leo College, Delta Epsilon Sigma 1993
  • Veteran of 20 years United States Army, Military Intelligence, 1991

Volunteer With FICS

Openings

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

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

Requirements

  • At Least 14 Years Old*
  • Orientation Mandatory

*If Under 18, a parent must attend orientation. 

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813.801.6844

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7510 Soccer Avenue
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