The Orlando Magic joined Chase to unveil the newly refurbished New Image Youth Center (NIYC) in Parramore on Wednesday, June 7 at 10:00 a.m. (212 S. Parramore Ave., Orlando, 32805).* To celebrate the New Image Youth Center’s 13th anniversary, the Magic and Chase recently teamed up to refurbish the center. The upgrades include new flooring, paint, eight new computers, a laptop, bookcases, sofas, chairs and desks. Magic Community Ambassadors Nick Anderson and Bo Outlaw, Chase Executive Director Joe Terry, Magic Dancers, STUFF the Magic Mascot, City Commissioner Regina Hill, New Image Youth Center Founder and Executive Director Dr. Shanta Barton-Stubbs, parents and 75 students will join for the ribbon cutting ceremony.
Back in 2008, the Magic provided the first refurbishment to the New Image Youth Center with new plumbing, painting, furniture and computers. The Magic also donated $10,000 in 2008 for the center to purchase new computer software, school supplies, educational games and books. In 2014, former Magic player Victor Oladipo and the Magic surprised youth and representatives from the center with all new equipment (TVs, video games and computers) after the center was burglarized. The Magic and Oladipo wanted to replace what was stolen at the time.
New Image Youth Center was founded by Dr. Shanta Barton-Stubbs in June of 2004, a then 26-year-old student. NIYC seeks to shelter children from the drugs, gangs and negative influences within the neighborhood and minimize any fear or worry they may feel as a result of their environment. Once worry and fear are removed, the children will have the freedom to dream. Once free to dream, NIYC seeks to provide experiences that strengthen and empower the kids to achieve their goals by giving them the resources and tools necessary for success and happiness. The vision of the center is to continue growing its services offered to children who are part of the New Image family, as well as increase the number of children to be served in an effort to increase New Image’s impact within the Parramore community.
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