Impact America – Florida is housed at Florida Campus Compact and is currently operating its first fully staffed year serving North Florida. Our primary campus partnerships include the Florida State University Center for Leadership and Social Change and the University of West Florida. A select group of students is currently participating with both FocusFirst and SaveFirst in Tallahassee, Pensacola, and surrounding communities during this academic year.
Our mission is to engage students and recent college graduates to address community needs, empowering a generation through collaborative efforts to promote change in the communities we serve.
% of preschoolers who receive adequate vision screenings.
FocusFirst Impact Stats
2015-16 PILOT RESULTS:
2,444 children screened
229 children found to have vision problems
65 individual childcare centers in nine counties
% of EITC recipients paying a commercial preparer in 2012.
SaveFirst Impact Stats
2016 PILOT RESULTS:
443 free tax returns prepared
$622,000 in refunds claimed
$175,000 in commercial tax prep fees saved
39 college student volunteers
Want to get involved with Impact America - Florida? The Impact Corps Program is a yearlong service and leadership program designed to place talented, committed recent college graduates directly into communities we serve. Corps Members plan and execute all initiatives that operate in their state of service as well as recruit and manage the service of college students as they participate in those initiatives. You'll learn about poverty through lenses of education, health, and economics—all the while making a real difference in the lives of families living in poverty.
You can be a part of the story through a year of service with Impact America.
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Recently with Impact America - Florida
- Impact Founder Speaks to 600 Faculty and Staff at Tallahassee Community College about Campus Community EngagementDobson, B. (2015-08-15, Tallahassee Democrat): Stephen Black, founder of Impact America, speaks to Tallahassee Community College about the need for classroom/community partnerships to more deeply understand policies and affect significant change.
IMPACT AMERICA - FLORIDA COLLABORATORS
Florida Campus Compact has provided support, advice, and introductions to campuses and community partners across North Florida. It also provides office space for our Corps Members.
The Center for Leadership & Social Change at Florida State University is the lead organization in the launch of FocusFirst and SaveFirst in Florida.
We launch Impact America - Florida in collaboration with Florida State University which is serving as our inaugural campus.
Students from the University of West Florida lead our SaveFirst tax preparation initiative at two tax sites in Pensacola.
FocusFirst is made possible by a generous contribution from the Dugas Family Foundation, which supports our work in Okaloosa and Walton Counties.