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Hope and Help Center of Central Florida

Annual Headdress Ball. Helped raise over $4.5 million dollars for the agency.
About The Hope and Help Center of Central Florida.
Our Mission: To save lives by treating and preventing the spread of HIV/AIDS in Central Florida.
Our Vision: A world without HIV/AIDS.
Our History: Since 1988, the Hope and Help Center has proudly provided comprehensive and compassionate support in Central Florida for those infected and affected by HIV/AIDS. As the premier HIV/AIDS service organization in the region, Hope and Help Center offers a full range of care services, as well as education and prevention initiatives that save lives, refute the stigma, and offer hope to all those touched by this disease. Throughout the years we have grown with eight locations throughout Orange, Seminole, Lake and Osceola Counties.


 

The Assistance Fund

Since our inception in 2009, The Assistance Fund has raised more than $148 million to help over 23,000 children and adults who are chronically or critically ill to access their life-saving, high-cost medications. We assist patients with chronic illnesses like Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s, (Juvenile) Rheumatoid Arthritis, Cystic Fibrosis, Breast Cancer and more. Headquartered in Orlando, we serve the entire United States, D.C., and Puerto Rico.


 

THE US DREAM ACADEMY

Like its distinctive mission, the U.S. Dream Academy’s program sets it apart from other afterschool and mentoring organizations.

The program starts with this principle: Beyond school, every young person we serve must spend 11 to 15 hours each week in a stimulating learning environment. One-on-one sessions with carefully matched mentors complement afterschool activities that combine academic fundamentals. The focus builds on three pillars – skill-building, character-building, and dream-building. The overall goal is to nurture the whole child while altering attitudes, enhancing self-esteem, supporting emotional and intellectual growth, and sparking dreams.

From our earliest days, the Dream Academy has grounded its program in research and tested it in the field. A recently developed theory of change illustrates the relationship between this design and the outcomes we strive to achieve.

Ongoing research and evaluation helps us determine results and continually strengthen the program. Anecdotal evidence tells us that the Dream Academy also has an important impact on the quality of education and classroom learning, suggesting that our program has the capacity to become a building block for better schools.


 

MISS AMERICA’S OUTSTANDING TEEN

Founded in 2005, Miss America’s Outstanding Teen, Inc. has become one of the top scholarship providers for teen girls in the United States! All of our participants, on the local, state, and national levels, have been the recipients of valuable scholarship assistance upon graduation from high school. In just a few short years, we have made available almost $5,000,000 in cash and in-kind scholarships.

As of September 2012, we have written scholarship checks for over $611,000 to more than 150 different colleges and universities across the country. All of our scholarships are paid directly to the institution attended by our participants and cover tuition, books, and room and board. (Some restrictions apply.) We make No individual cash payments, so we know all our scholarships are being used for educational purposes.

We believe that education is key to a person’s success and we are proud to be able to assist so many outstanding teens with their college expenses.

Total Cash Scholarships Paid To Date: $751,491.52