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​




Alayne Unterberger

Week at #Summer4Success

What a week at FICS in TNC! #Summer4Success this year is focusing on STE(A)M through the Cultures Project. So far we have visited Cuba, Japan and France. This week FRANCE visited us in the form of @alexandra Jasmin Paris Hair The New Look. We examined the burning and restoration of Notre Dam cathedral, fashion and history with

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Alayne Unterberger

Photography with Mr. Pierre

Wimauma kids today got their first taste of Photography and Mr Pierre, who apparently is my brother because we look alike. Well I cannot wait to see these shots because they took to photography like hungry people do to a barbecue! Thanks Prodigy Cultural Arts Program. The global local is alive and well.

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Scott Schneider

Amazon Smile

Did you know way you can support FICS everyday? By shopping at smile.amazon.com and choosing FICSINC as your charity, FICS receives 0.5% of each purchase. Sign Up Here!

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Alayne Unterberger

GTE Financial Partnership

We have launched another new partnership to strengthen our communities with GTE Federal Credit Union for #ParentUniversity this Summer. One class down and 2 more to go! Next topic is #credit and it’s #bilingual in English and Spanish. Call us 813-801-8644 what’s better than #free? #communitybuilding #education #research

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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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Our Sponsors

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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