Our Success Stories
Rising above - a powerful story - Myra Johnson, CDC of Tampa's Economic Prosperity Ctr/UW Suncoast
One of our 2019 Community Development Champions, Ms. Johnson talks about the services she received through the Economic Prosperity Center at the CDC of Tampa through its partnership with the United Way SunCoast. A testament to her strength and perseverance.
Real Estate Development
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In 2020, we built 12 new homes— View the ribbon-cutting from 12-18-2020 of a new home we built on E. Cayuga Street on land donated by the City of Tampa. Since 1992, CDC of Tampa has built more than 100 single-family homes, 210 rental units, and 141,000 square feet of commercial space—assisting over 3,560 families with housing counseling services—creating 1,042 new homeowners
New Home Buyer Orientation Class
The mission of the CDC of Tampa Home Ownership Department is to make home ownership opportunities available to low- and moderate-income individuals and families. CDC of Tampa is a HUD-certified housing agency and the CDC of Tampa Home Ownership Counselors provide quality home-buyer training and education, assistance in obtaining financing, and post-purchase services including budget and credit counseling for current homeowners. CDC of Tampa is a leader in providing housing counseling and education to first-time home buyers. We can help you answer the questions most first-time home buyers have such as: What does my credit score need to be in order to qualify for a home loan? What is the best way to shop for a home loan? What should my mortgage payment be in relation to my monthly salary? Are there hidden costs to home-ownership that I should know about? How do I get started? By attending one of our weekly home-buyer seminars, you will learn the answer to these questions and many more. Space is limited. Register Today! Home-buyer’s intake form 813-231-4362 office 813-231-4680 fax email: Housing@cdcoftampa.org
Suit Up and Show Up
CDC 2020 Suit Up & Show Up
Suit Up and Show Up is an annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service event aimed to change the attitude of young men in the community through a discussion about "Suiting Up and Showing Up for the Roles in Your Life". With the assistance of volunteers, each young man meets with a professional tailor to select a suit, shirt, tie and shoes. Those who have witnessed past Suit Up and Show Up events can attest to how truly transformative this day is for students and volunteers alike. See for yourself. Watch this video.
CDC of Tampa 2019 Suit Up and Show Up Leadership Summit
Each year this Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service event aims to change the attitude of young men in the community through a discussion about "Suiting Up and Showing Up for the Roles in Your Life". Candid conversations between panelists and students center on how to achieve positive results by fostering personal responsibility. The event works to improve students' self-respect inside and out culminating in a personal shopping spree with assistance from professional tailors & volunteers, young men select a suit, shirt, tie and shoes. It is a transformative day for students and volunteers alike. Suit Up and Show Up conceived by the CDC of Tampa's CEO Ernest Coney, Jr., who is determined that a young man would not receive his first suit on the occasion of his funeral. The first Suit Up & Show Up was held after Ernest purchased a suit for a young man, an innocent victim of gun violence. John Singleton was a developing leader in the CDC of Tampa's Youth Leadership Movement program; it was the 17-year-old high school junior's first suit.
5th Annual CDC Tampa Suitup & Show Up Event -- 2018
CDC of Tampa presented the 5th Annual Suit Up & Show Up event on Friday, January 19th--in celebration of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s life and legacy. This annual leadership retreat for young men ages 16-24 focuses on life skills, goal setting and financial literacy--while providing each young man in attendance with a tailored suit and all the accompanying accessories. Over 85 students--from Middleton High School, Bowers-Whitley Career Center, Gary Adult Center, Carver Exceptional Center, Chamberlain High School, Tampa Bay Tech, THA's YouthBuild program, as well as HCC Ybor Campus attended this year's event. Special thanks to our event sponsors and partners, the amazing cadre of professionals who volunteered their time to teach and mentor our young men, as well as our emcee Rod Carter, panel moderator Ernest Hooper and keynote speaker Jameis Winston.
Suit Up and Show Up
Artical By Shelby Lopez (Open Post) Updated February 21, 2014 at 2:51 pm TAMPA, Fla.- (Feb. 21, 2014) – The Corporation to Develop Communities of Tampa, Inc. (CDC of Tampa) is hosted its inaugural Suit Up & Show Up event on February 24 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Children’s Board of Hillsborough County. Suit Up & Show Up is designed to provide minority male youth, 16-24 years of age, with an opportunity to engage with minority male professionals who are eager to empower them with knowledge, tenacity and self-assurance. News Channel 8 anchor, Rod Carter, served as the emcee and Tampa Bay Times columnist and East Hillsborough Bureau Chief, Ernest Hooper, will be the keynote speaker. Both men have an active role in our community encouraging young men in personal and professional development and are eager to participate in this initial event. “I’m so thrilled the CDC is hosting this event,” said Ernest Coney, CEO and President of the CDC of Tampa. “I know it will be an impactful, positive experience and a chance for these young men to gain opportunities about making good choices and building confidence in their abilities to achieve success in their future.” Youth participated in breakout sessions on goal setting, personal responsibility, and suiting up for the roles in your life. After completing the sessions, the youth began their transformation at the CDC of Tampa’s Suit Up Closet by selecting a suit, shirt, tie, and shoes to take home. For more information on the CDC of Tampa visit http://www.cdcoftampa.org/ . Additional information on Suit Up & Show Up may be found at http://www.cdcoftampa.org/suit-up-and-show-up/ or by contacting Julie Rocco at Julie.Rocco@cdcoftampa.org or 727.254.7131. About CDC of Tampa The Corporation to Develop Communities of Tampa, Inc. (CDC of Tampa) creates opportunities for people to improve their lives and strengthen their communities by providing access to job training and placement, affordable housing and youth programs. The CDC was incorporated in 1992 for the purpose of alleviating poverty and physical deterioration in Hillsborough County’s East Tampa community. CDC of Tampa is a charter member of the NeighborWorks® network, consisting of 240 private nonprofit affiliates that work in nearly 4,500 urban, rural and suburban communities nationwide.
Customer Service Training Class
Welcome Job Seekers Gain the skills that employers are needing from qualified job seekers! By attending the Tampa Vocational Institute, You will gain those skills and become a trained, valuable employee to companies throughout the Tampa Bay area! Get paid more than minimum wage by getting the training that pays you back! The Tampa Vocational Institute will assist placing you in exciting jobs in the areas such as; Customer Service Representative, Computers or the Construction Trade! Our Career Resource Center will assist you in building a professional resume and sharpen your interviewing skills for you to land that excellent career! Get started Now by scheduling and attending an Orientation Meeting on Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. at 1907 E. Hillsborough Ave. Call (813) 231-4362 today to attend the next Orientation Meeting and kick start your career training fast! www.cdcoftampa.org Like us on FaceBook -
Tampa Vocational Institute/Customer Service Training Class
Welcome Job Seekers Gain the skills that employers are needing from qualified job seekers! By attending the Tampa Vocational Institute, You will gain those skills and become a trained, valuable employee to companies throughout the Tampa Bay area! Get paid more than minimum wage by getting the training that pays you back! The Tampa Vocational Institute will assist placing you in exciting jobs in the areas such as; Customer Service Representative, Computers or the Construction Trade! Our Career Resource Center will assist you in building a professional resume and sharpen your interviewing skills for you to land that excellent career! Get started Now by scheduling and attending an Orientation Meeting on Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. at 1907 E. Hillsborough Ave. Call (813) 231-4362 today to attend the next Orientation Meeting and kick start your career training fast! http://www.tampavocational.com/ http://www.cdcoftampa.org/
Entering college with zero debt is the way Darlandeson Briseneau was helped by the CDC of Tampa.
College freshman, Darlandeson's parents emigrated from Haiti, they worked hard to give their son a good start in life, but they could never afford to pay for his college tuition. Darlandeson heard that an organization in his East Tampa neighborhood, the CDC of Tampa could offer hope. He enrolled in its Youth Leadership Movement program and found much more than just help getting into college. We are sure you'll agree that this young man has a bright future ahead of him!
Youth Leadership Movement CDC Of Tampa
Youth Leadership Movement The Youth Leadership Movement assists youth ages 13 – 19 in achieving self-sufficiency by providing services that will not only help ensure high school graduation but a smooth transition to post-secondary education or employment. We believe that each youth has the ability to become successful leaders in school, at home, at work, or in the community. Upon completing our program, youth will know how tocreate/manage a budget, pursue employment, develop healthy peer relationships, make decisions, be prepared for college, set goals, plan and implement community service projects/care for the community, etc. A Community Youth Advisor (CYA) is assigned to each youth to guide, motivate, assist and support the youth. The CYA along with the youth will establish an Individualized Achievement Plan that helps both parties remain on track with meeting goals important to the development of the youth. Funders have included City of Tampa and Hillsborough County. Activities Some activities within our four core areas that the youth participate in include: College Prep: academic mentoring, identifying and applying for scholarships, college tours, SAT/ACT Prep, etc. Financial Literacy: financial education workshops focusing on budgeting, money management, credit management, etc. Employability Skills: career goals and development workshops, creating resumes, job readiness workshops, job placement assistance, etc. Youth Leadership: goal setting, leadership development, planning and implementing projects, volunteerism, etc. Current Highlights Fifty (50) youth received services Thirty-five (35) high school graduates Seven (7) community service/volunteer activities Eighty-two percent (82%) of youth passed the FCAT Eighteen (18) youth employed Eight (8) youth received scholarships Three (3) college tours Three (3) educational/occupational conferences
Corporation to Develop Communities 2019 SisterHood Summit
The CDC of Tampa proudly presented the Inaugural Sisterhood Summit in 2018. Well, we are at it again! Students from Middleton High School, Tampa Bay Tech, Bowers/Whitley Career Center, Carter G. Woodson K -8 School, PACE Center for Girls and Hillsborough High School will be treated to a behind the scenes look at the Florida Aquarium with the education team of the Florida Aquarium, a place where science careers and fun converge. Karen Cooper, IT and Business Analyst consultant whose clients include the Tampa Bay Times will lead the mentorship session at the Second Annual leadership retreat for middle and high school young women.