Zebra Coalition, Inc.

aka Zebra Coalition   |   Orlando, FL   |  www.zebrayouth.org

Mission

The mission of Zebra Coalition is to support and inspire LGBTQ+ youth.   

Ruling year info

2010

Director

Heather Wilkie

Co Principal Officer

Heather

Main address

911 N Mills Avenue

Orlando, FL 32803 USA

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Formerly known as

The Zebra Foundation For Youth, Inc.

EIN

27-1645847

NTEE code info

Other Housing Support Services (L80)

Counseling Support Groups (F60)

Raising & Fund Distribution (Oun)

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Our programs

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Youth Drop In Center

One of the most successful ways that Zebra Coalition reduces youth homelessness is through its Drop-In Center, facilitating engagement of homeless youth and providing support services to help youth transition back into the mainstream. Indeed, the Zebra Coalition Youth Drop-In Center is the hub and heart of the Coalition's offerings for at-risk youth in the Central Florida community. It is the only drop-in center, specifically for LGBTQ+ youth in Central Florida, where basic needs can be met, such as a shower, a hot meal, and laundry. In addition to mental health counseling and housing, homeless youth also have access to healthy social activities, educational workshops and support such as tutoring. Filling more than basic needs, Zebra's Drop-In Center is an introduction to comprehensive wraparound services for at-risk youth. Homeless youth, who "drop-in" from across Central Florida, can make phone calls, access wifi, and receive crisis or mental health counseling, educational support, case management, and medical services, all in a "safe space" supervised by caring adults at all times. 

Population(s) Served

The program provides a variety of assistance to homeless youth,including short-term bridge housing and more permanent relocation and rental assistance for qualified youth.

Population(s) Served

Rapid Rehousing is a time-limited housing program that helps young adults experiencing homelessness transition to housing of their own.  

Population(s) Served

SkillZ is a group offered by business and community partners for youth interested in self empowerment, self development, leadership and community outreach. Youth build skills and values that give them a foundation for success in the workplace and in life. (ages 17-24).

 

Population(s) Served

A group of Zebra's is called a Dazzle! This meetup is a sexual orientation support group for adolescents and young adults. Youth help create a safe place to reflect, process, become empowered and learn about themselves with the support of their peers.(ages 13-24)

Population(s) Served

 Art with Purpose is a weekly meetup facilitated in collaboration with the Orlando Museum of Art, which provides a social and artistic outlet for youth. Art with Purpose provides high school aged youth an opportunity to discovery contemporary LGBTQ artists and develop their creative identity through artistic expression.   

Population(s) Served

With the growing awareness of transgender topics, Zebra Coalition is offering a gender variant meetup to support youth. This meetup will focus on discussions regarding gender identification, healthy living, finding support and other topics that will meet the needs of the participants. 2 groups weekly (Ages 13-17) (Ages 18-24) 
 

Population(s) Served

Whether it is a
birthday, crossing a milestone or accomplishing something significant in their
lives; passing a test, securing a job or have new and exciting experiences. We
offer an opportunity for youth to meet up with other LGBT+ youth to celebrate
their accomplishment with great food, games and company. (Ages 13-24.)

Population(s) Served

The Zebra Coalition Youth Council is made up of youth between the ages of 13-24. Members work to improve the Coalition by providing a valuable youth voice and perspective to Zebra Coalition programs, serving as a resource to Zebra Coalition staff, board members and partners and acting as ambassadors in the community. Some examples of opportunities of the Zebra Coalition Youth Council: Leadership role in LGBTQ+ youth movement Mentorship by Zebra Coalition staff, board members, and partners Personal and professional development opportunities, including experience working with a non-profit and recommendations for higher education and/or employment Partnership and collaboration with like-minded peers Active role in changing the community Potential media representation to help raise awareness for the mission of Zebra Coalition

Population(s) Served

Our Coalition and Community Partners are invited to participate in work-group committees who purpose it is to address issues facing the LGBTQ youth of Central Florida.EDUCATION FUND COMMITTEEA scholarship for the Zebra Coalition to fund GED completion and financial support to deserving students to attend the University of Central Florida and to provide future funding for career and technical schools, community colleges and other state universitiesSAFETY, STABILIZATION & DAILY LIVING COMMITTEETo utilize the community to impact safety, stabilization, daily living and housing for LGBTQ+ youth in Central Florida Community.SCHOOL OUTREACH COMMITTEETo Connect LGBTQ students, families, schools with LGBTQ educational, resources and service opportunities. 

Population(s) Served

Zebra Coalition provides several trainings and speaking engagement opportunities to the community.Gender & Orientation Workshops LGBTQ Youth Clinical Support: Considerations and Best Practices Sexual Assault in the LGBTQ Community Zebra Coalition 101 Staff Speaking Engagements 

Population(s) Served

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Goals & Strategy

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GoalsTo increase the capacity of the Coalition to serve more LGBTQ+ youth in need.To increase number of beds available in housing Decrease the number of youth on wait lists and reducing the time on wait lists.Expand youth programming, particularly for youth identifying as transgender; substance recovery groups; art therapy workshops To reduce our need for grant funding, the Coalition will launch a successful 2019-2020 integrated annual fund campaign with specific goals, activities and deadlines; focusing on broadening the donor base from corporate sponsorships, in-kind gifts, charitable foundations, individuals, estate gifts and key national repeat contributors. Foster relationships and create collaborations with key local, state and national stakeholders and influencers. Develop short- and long-term strategies for increasing community engagement and awareness of the Zebra Coalition's programs and services.

Provide the funds to maintain and operate the Zebra Coalition Drop In CenterProvide sustainability of the Zebra Coalition network by raising the funds and securing the resources needed to operate the Coalition, including food, clothing, medical needs, and transportation for youth.Secure funding for additional staffing for the Zebra Coalition.Continue to build a board of directors that reflects the Central Florida community and with the skill sets to move the organization forward.Strengthen the network of youth service providers in order to sustain continuum of care for LGBTQ+ youth.Foster relationships with businesses, social agencies, faith-based community organizations and elected officials to encourage support for the Zebra Coalition.Coordinate marketing and public relations campaigns that inform the community about the Zebra Coalition and its mission. This action includes brand development, marketing materials, advertising, public service announcements, presentations, themed campaigns, special events, digital marketing, traditional media and a social media presence in the communityExpand the resources for the Zebra Coalition's outreach efforts in the community.

Coalition resources and capabilities include, but are not limited to the following: Zebra Coalition board of directors and their Give or Get PolicyZebra Coalition staff - expertise and dedicationZebra Coalition members (community partners that provide the continuum of services to the LGBTQ+ youth)Zebra Coalition Drop In Center, a written business case for support, professional collateral materials, donor software, relationships with key community stakeholders and influencers (includes elected and appointed officials and other community leaders).Zebra Coalition website (community resource)Monthly Zebra Coalition House tours with staff and board (donor prospects), targeted public relations and marketing plans, social media, youth success storiesExpand the resources for the Zebra Coalition's community education efforts Expand available housing units for youth Expand space for Drop in Center and staff offices in order to expand programming

In 2018, Zebra Coalition began to implement a capacity-building grant from the Johnson Family Foundation to improve our technical infrastructure and database management. This project has significantly improved our efficiency, outreach and record-keeping. These improvements have helped us to provide more focused services, allowing us to better meet our clients’ needs. We anticipate that this will also help to streamline and improve fundraising activities. In September 2018, the Coalition was awarded a prestigious 2-year federal grant from the US Dept. of Justice – Office on Violence against Women (OVW). The Coalition is the lead agency, in partnership with the Victim Service Center of Central Florida, and will provide mental health and comprehensive, trauma-informed support for LGBTQ+ victims of sexual and domestic abuse. This grant has significantly boosted our ability to reach and to help more LGBTQ+ Central Floridians in need of our services. In the area of sustainability we have seen continued success with the $500,000 donation for the renovations and operations of the Zebra Coalition Drop In Center from the Bryce L. West Foundation, an Orlando Magic Youth Foundation Grant, grants from Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando Resort, Wells Fargo, Orlando Health, The Contigo Fund, Happy Hippie Foundation, Tegan and Sara Foundation, HUD funding for Rapid-Rehousing, the City of Orlando, federal Drug-Free Communities Grant. In the area of fostering relationships and creating collaborations with key local, state and national stakeholders, we continue to grow our board of directors who have the backgrounds and skills sets needed to accomplish our strategic goals and objectives. The number of Zebra Coalition members that provide the continuum of services to our LGBTQ+ youth, increased to 48 in 2018.In the area of community engagement and awareness, the Zebra Coalition has had great success. We have established an education fund to support youth in achieving GED prep and testing as well technical and higher education. The Coalition was recognized by the Watermark as one of Orlando's most effective nonprofits and by the Pride Chamber as the Nonprofit of the Year.

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Zebra Coalition, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 11/8/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Jill Ramsier

Quantum Leap Winery

Term: 2016 - 2020


Board co-chair

Stephanie Allen

Orlando Magic Youth Foundation

Jill Ramsier

Quantum Leap Winery - Owner

Chris McCullion

City of Orlando - Chief Financial Officer

Diana LaRue

Appleton Creative - Partner

Bryce West

Bryce L. West Foundation - Executive Director

Jefferson Voss

Tavistock Group, Senior Director

Andrew Snyder

Orlando Health - Senior VP, Marketing & Communications

Adriana Cadilla

Nemours Childrens Hospital - Pediatric Infectious Disease Specialist

Skip Kirst

Collado Real Estate - Broker Associate

Tatiana Quiroga

Family Equity Council - Southern Regional Manager - Coalition Member

Joshua Vickery

Central Florida Community Arts - Coalition Member

Charles Smedley

Emily Wray

Full Sail University

Lisa Culham

Universal Orlando

Heath Arnsperger

Philip Toal