Tampa Heights Junior Civic Association

Tampa Hts Jr Civic Assn new facilityWEST REGION
$525,000 FCLF financing
Construction line of credit and COVID-19 Emergency Working Capital
Construction of 6,444 sq ft facility
Services for low-income children and youth

“Florida Community Loan Fund provided the financial gap that was necessary to invest in building a brand-new facility. Tampa Heights residents are truly appreciative and proud of the support of FCLF. THJCA is delighted that our organization has great partners to provide this social investment in our community for the betterment of our residents.” – Lena Young Green, Board Chair

The Tampa Heights Junior Civic Association’s mission is to connect children and families to existing resources and provide youth and family gap services. Since 1998, THJCA has served low-income and at-risk children and youth with after-school and summer programs that promote:

  • Academic achievement
  • Civic leadership
  • Health education
  • Nutrition and gardening
  • Culinary and restaurant job training
  • College and career opportunities

Programs and services are provided both in area schools and in THJCA’s free-standing community center in Tampa Heights. THJCA also operates the award-winning Tampa Heights Community Garden, featuring almost 100 garden plots for the community, senior, children and entrepreneurial businesses.

THJCA’s programs are highly successful and supported through partnerships with or grants from Hillsborough Public School system, University of South Florida, City of Tampa, and Florida Dept. of Economic Opportunity (DEO), to name a few. Graduates of the programs often return to mentor and teach younger students, and programs have expanded to include pre-school aged children, based on early childhood education studies.

With financing from Florida Community Loan Fund FCLF, THJCA built a new 6,444 sq.-ft. 2-story community center building in the Tampa Heights neighborhood – an area with 51% poverty rate. Included in the community center are classrooms, workforce training space, a youth entrepreneur smoothie bar and culinary kitchen, computer room, garden, and fitness center. The second floor of the building contains rental office space that can be leased to local businesses and generate funds for THJCA programs.

From the new facility, THJCA serves children through pre- and after-school care and mentoring, daycare, and Title I or learning disabled services. On-site programs also include civic engagement and leadership training, and youth entrepreneurial programs.

In 2020, FCLF also provided emergency working capital to THJCA as part of its COVID-19 relief financing.

For more information visit www.thjca.org

"When Tampa Heights Junior Civic Association's (THJCA) board of directors decided that a community center was needed to serve our 'challenged' north Tampa Heights children and families, we reached out to the Florida Community Loan Fund (FCLF) for expertise and assistance. The original intent was to renovate an old grocery store that was built in 1927. With funds awarded from the State of Florida and a major donation from Vinik Family Foundation, the Florida Community Loan Fund provided the financial gap that was necessary to invest in building a brand-new facility. Thanks to the loan capital provided by FCLF, our neighborhood services at the Tampa Heights Northsite Center include early head start and after-school programs; a culinary training kitchen equipped by Richard Gonzmart of the Columbia Restaurant Group; a youth entrepreneur smoothie bar with funding from Hillsborough County Children's Board Business Plan Competition initiative; and school and community gardens. Tampa Heights residents are truly appreciative and proud of the support of FCLF. THJCA is delighted that our organization has great partners to provide this social investment in our community for the betterment of our residents." – Lena Young Green, Board Chair

Pictured above, newly completed building. Below, building before demolition and day care classroom.

THJCA before renovation 2018  THJCA interior 2022

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