From the top down, Senior Pastor James Hicks has formed a ministry around the importance of stable families and how education influences the development of a strong family dynamic. Permeating from his sermons, witnessed in the directives of the ministry, and communicated in the mission statement of the church, his passion for the youth is evident. The youth wing in our new facility – the inspiration for the 2017 Christmas Celebration Gala – will be the beneficiary of the funds raised from this event. Vision for the youth wing includes providing designated space for after-school programs, assistance in job seeking skills and retention for our youth, classes for young unwed mothers, mentoring and teen support.
Friday, December 1, 2017
2017 Featured Speaker
Dr. Barbara M. Jenkins, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Orange County Public Schools
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2017 Christmas Celebration Gala
“Communities United to Empower Our Youth”
Welcome to Our Gala
An evening for local families and community leaders to rejuvenate minds and underscore the importance of developing and encouraging our youth for the generational benefit to our community. It is our desire to bring together a diverse cross-section of Central Floridians to have minds renewed and energized toward this common goal.
Join us as we jump start the Christmas season, where we will hear from featured guest Dr. Barbara M. Jenkins, Ed.D. on the discourse topic “Communities United to Empower Our Youth”. At this formal affair, guests will enjoy
- Full-course dinner, catered by First Baptist Orlando
- Opportunity to win door prizes and raffles
- Topic discourse given by Dr. Barbara M. Jenkins, Ed.D.
- Live music performance
- Family photo opportunities, available for purchase
Friday, December 1, 2017
Greater Faith World Center
Tickets per seat: $50
Tickets per table (8 seats): $360
Dr. Barbara Jenkins has been dedicated to serving the needs of students for 30 years. She was named superintendent for Orange County Public Schools in 2012.
Under Dr. Jenkins' leadership, the district won the prestigious 2014 Broad Prize for Urban Education. The prize earned half-a-million dollars for student scholarships from the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation. The district also received the Governor’s Sterling Award in 2014 and 2015 and the Sustained Excellence Award in 2017 for its exemplary performance using research-based best practices in its business.
In 2015, OCPS received District Accreditation from AdvancED for its best practices in the education field. OCPS has repeatedly been recognized by the College Board for increasing access to Advanced Placement course work, while simultaneously maintaining or increasing the number of students earning exam scores for college credit.
Dr. Jenkins is a recognized education leader. In January 2017, she received a presidential appointment as a director of the National Board of Education Sciences. She serves on the executive board of directors of the Council of the Great City Schools, Chiefs for Change, The Wall Street Journal CEO Council and the Florida Council of 100. She is past president of the Florida Association of District School Superintendents.
In 2017, she was named the Florida Superintendent of the Year and one of four finalists for the national title. The Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents named her Hispanic-Serving School District Superintendent of the Year and the Florida Association for Career and Technical Education named her CTE Superintendent of the Year.
Recognized for her commitment and influence, both the Orlando Sentinel and Orlando Magazine have named her as one of the 10 most powerful people in Central Florida; Orlando Magazine ranked her number five overall in 2015. The Orlando Business Journal honored her as a CEO of the Year in 2015. In 2014, she was named the Visionary Award recipient by the Girl Scouts of Citrus Council and the Central Florida Woman of the Year by the Women’s Executive Council.
Deeply engaged in the community, Dr. Jenkins serves on the boards of United Arts of Central Florida, Winter Park Health Foundation, Orlando Economic Partnership, Florida Hospital, Central Florida Regional Commission on Homelessness and the Orange County Youth Mental Health Commission.