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FUTURES Foundation Hires Amanda Kinzey as new Program Coordinator


FUTURES Foundation for Volusia County Schools has hired Amanda “Mandy” Kinzey, Ormond Beach, for its newly created Program Coordinator position.

Ms. Kinzey will be responsible for operations relating to FUTURES Foundation’s programming focused on teachers, staff recognition and students. Student Services & Mentor Coordinator Shimene Shepard will remain responsible for the foundation’s Volusia Take Stock in Children mentoring and scholarship program. Ms. Kinzey attended the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, FL, where she received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Communications PR and holds a minor in Professional Ed. She went on to receive her Master’s Degree in Nonprofit Management from the University of Central Florida in Orlando, FL, in December 2013. Prior to attending college, she joined AmeriCorps and served for two years as a Program Coordinator for Orlando Neighborhood Improvement Corporation. In 2012, she moved to Rock Hill, SC, to continue her service as the VISTA Leader for South Carolina Campus Compact. She led 24 members on 17 college campuses in Civic Engagement and Service Learning. Last year, she published her first children’s book, Youth Service Heroes: Summer Cleanup, for second through fifth grade students, teaching them the importance of recycling and community service. Her book is currently in two elementary schools in Volusia County.

FUTURES Foundation is a nonprofit, direct support organization founded in 1985 to support Volusia County Schools. Its mission is to engage business and civic leaders to promote and achieve educational excellence for Volusia County Public Schools. The Foundation’s 31-member board of directors consists of area business and civic leaders who direct and raise funds to facilitate a variety of programs in the school district. FUTURES facilitates the Volusia Take Stock in Children Program which offers scholarships, mentors and hope to at-risk, low income high school students. FUTURES also funds teacher classroom mini-grants through its portal and awarded more than $111,000 to 140 local classroom/school projects during the 2017-18 school year. FUTURES administers the legislatively funded School District Education Foundation State Matching Grants Program which infused more than $82,000 into 15 projects within 14 Volusia County Schools this year. The Foundation also offers student and staff recognition programs and Tomorrow’s Leaders, a high school junior student leadership development program.

For more information about FUTURES Foundation, please contact Executive Director Cynthia Ramirez at (386) 255-6475, ext. 50730, caperric@volusia.K12.FL.US or visit its website at


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