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ADVANTAGE VILLAGE
ACADEMY

"It Takes a Village" - African Proverb

Proud hosts of MLK Dream Big Parade and founder
of MLK Dream Big Family Funday.

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In existence since 2008.

AVA exists to educate, empower and enhance the quality of life for individuals that will promote self-sufficiency, financial stability, and economic development. We provide supervision and guidance to many of the disadvantaged and deprived youth within the local vicinity.

In addition, we aid in eradicating racial and ethnic disparities with a focus on disease prevention, social and environmental factors that affect health and wellness. We are also a business incubator designed to instill a higher degree of education relating to skill-building and employment cross-training; design and implement programs that will empower disadvantaged individuals, organizations and small businesses in order to lead them toward a path of financial stability and self-sufficiency.

In 2016, SCLC chose Toriano Parker and Advantage Village Academy to bring a fresh direction to the historic St. Petersburg event, ensuring it would continue to celebrate the vision of Dr. King with a new generation. On Jan. 16, 2017, Advantage Village Academy (AVA) hosted the rebranded 32nd Annual MLK Dream Big Parade and introduced a brand new route running West along 1st Avenue South starting at 3rd Street – as well as launching the inaugural MLK Dream Big Family Funday Festival at Tropicana Field. Conceived to bring parents, children, caregivers, and youth together with community organizations and presenters, FAMILY FUN DAY expands St. Pete’s celebration of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. National holiday through hands-on play, learning, and workshops.

AVA Announces New Community Building

AVA is seeking funding and community partners to help expand and build out its new 14,000 square foot facility. This spacious building, previously a Walgreens — is located at 945 62nd Avenue S. on the Southside, offers ample parking is an ideal location for a wide range of mentoring programs, community fundraising events, local performances, organizational gatherings, and small business incubation.

AVA entered into the real estate deal in an effort to expand on the opportunities for the local organizations, church groups, and community activities. With more space, AVA is looking forward to expanding its commitment toward eradicating racial and ethnic disparities and invigorate the social, environmental, and financial production of the organizations and individuals that are the life blood of the Southside community.

As an active business incubator within the community, AVA look forward to leveraging these new facilities expand vocational education, provide next-generation technology training and skill-building, and act as a catalyst for the development of programs specifically designed to empower disadvantaged individuals, organizations and small businesses in the are in an effort to lead them toward a path of financial stability and self-sufficiency.

For more information about this exciting new facility, please contact the AVA’s community expansion team at (727) 321-7919 or send us an email at expansion@advanatgevillageacademy.org

The President's Pen

Community Greetings. It is with great joy to serve as President of Advantage Village Academy. It is with greater joy to serve you, the communities of St. Petersburg, Florida. As President, my goal is to make sure that you the community are well taken care of to the best of my ability and reach. We here at AVA are ready and committed to providing you with relevant services that will educate, engage, and empower you to continue being productive citizens and assisting you in enhancing your personal lives. Your lives matter to us. We’re always looking forward to SERVING YOU.

In service to Others,
Dr. Kevin B. Parrot.

Advantage Village Academy Executive Team

DR. KEVIN B. PARROTT

PRESIDENT & MUSIC DIRECTOR

DR. KEVIN B. PARROTT

OFFICE MANAGER

Anthony Hart is the Office Manager for Advantage Village Academy. He is a veteran of the US Army. He joined the organization in 2009. He has helped change the community of Midtown for many years.Low income families have been apart of his passion since the organization began.

DR. KEVIN B. PARROTT

OUTREACH DIRECTOR

Reginald Burch Outreach Director for Advantage Village Academy. He joined the organization in 2015. Reggie is a University of Central Florida graduate. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Business Management. He has worked with several non profit such as the DRC Foundation, Sam Shileds Foundation and Brian Poole Foundation

APRIL KYLE

OUTREACH STAFF

KATRINA ALLEN

OUTREACH STAFF

DR. KEVIN B. PARROTT

Advantage Village Academy Board of Directors

TORIANO PARKER

CEO

DR. KEVIN B. PARROTT

PRESIDENT

ANDREA EVANS DIXON

1ST VICE PRESIDENT

ANGELA BEARD

2ND VICE-PRESIDENT

FELICIA DANIELS WATSON

SECRETARY

MIKE DRAPKIN

TREASURER

PATRICE FEATHERSTONE

BOARD MEMBER

PAUL HENDRICKS

BOARD MEMBER

JOEL SHEDRICK

BOARD MEMBER

NATHAN MITCHELL

BOARD MEMBER

PAT LAWSON

BOARD MEMBER

2ND VICE-PRESIDENT

Contact Advantage Village Academy

AVA exists to educate, empower and enhance the quality of life for individuals that will promote self-sufficiency, financial stability, and economic development. We provide supervision and guidance to many of the disadvantaged and deprived youth within the local vicinity.

 

    staff@mlkdreambig.com

    833 22nd Street S. St Petersburg, FL 33712

    (727) 321-7919

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