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

Description coming soon!


FICS is responsible for creating cohorts of readers every summer, ages 7-12. Students retain and grow over the summer instead of losing ground. (Sliding fee applies)

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. 

Model: Community At the Center

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. 

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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Make a secure donation through our Facebook donation portal. We receive 100% of your donation. All donations are tax-deductable. 

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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​



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7510 Soccer Ave Tampa, Florida​

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