In the fall of 1996 a group of Fayette County citizens from a variety of backgrounds came together to discuss what could be done as parents and community members to help our children prepare themselves to be successful in the global economy. Questions that immediately came up were: What skills and attributes do our children need to possess to be competitive in the 21st century? How can we provide the kind of support through both their formal education and social development to help our children successfully negotiate their environment and become productive, contributing members of society?
After reviewing local data about the population of students from multicultural backgrounds, AVPRIDE knew it could not fully accomplish its mission without serious community collaboration.
AVPRIDE has reached out to the greater Fayette Community to seek strategic partnerships to address some of the issues that were identified through the collection and analysis of local data and information. It is by continually exploring and establishing new partnerships that AVPRIDE seeks to expand its capacity to serve students and their families, while addressing issues of academic achievement, healthy behavior choices, and post-secondary opportunities.
“The mission of the Association of Village PRIDE, Inc. is to assist Fayette County youth to become conscious and productive citizens of society who will make significant contributions to their community.”
Here’s several examples showing how our mission is implemented in Fayette County:
- Had student driven community service projects that included, collecting clothes for teenagers in protective custody, raising money for the Sickle Cell Foundation, Raising money to help equip a library in Nigeria, collecting food for the Fayette Samaritans.
- Provided community service hours to many organizations in the community including, Fayette Chamber of Commerce, The Clothes Less Traveled, The FACTOR Summer Camp Expo, Fayette Human Services Council, DFAC’s Holiday Helper Program, The Fayette Family YMCA, Riverdale Karate Center, Ballethnic Dance Company, and Honey Nails Skin and Body.
- Since 1998 has served approximately 1000 youth and their families
- Since 2002 has provided 20 Audra Nicole Oliver Memorial Scholarships to graduating high school seniors from Fayette County Schools
- Students designed and prepared a Fayette County dining guide for smoke-free restaurants and the hazards of second-hand smoke that was published in the newspaper and brochures distributed throughout the county in 2004.
- Provide daily staff support to 172 registered family users at the Concord Village Resource Center.