A Message from Wendy Givoglu, Interim President, East and Winter Park Campuses
Valencia College will partner with Covenant House to address the specialized needs of unaccompanied youth through an expansion of successful community services programming in Osceola County — a project made possible through a $150,000 Walt Disney World Resort grant awarded to the Covenant House. Services in the program, called Project YES (youth empowerment services), will include case management, education assistance, employability skills, immediacy items and incentives specifically designed to meet the unique needs of youth trying to overcome homelessness.
Representatives from Covenant House, Valencia College and the Community Hope Center gathered on Wednesday, September 18, 2019, for what they thought was a Project YES planning meeting, only to be surprised by a visit from Mickey Mouse and his associates from Disney, who presented a check in support of the project.
Valencia College and Covenant House have a long history of working together to serve high-need youth in Orange County. Now, with the increasing rate of homeless youth in Osceola County, Covenant House turned its attention to extending supportive services in that region.