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About Us

Advantage Village Academy

"It Takes a Village" - African Proverb

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

In its 35th year, MLK Dream Big Parade is the nation’s longest-running Martin Luther King Day parade

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.

MLK Dream Big would like to Thank its Incredible Volunteers

Toriano Parker

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Quanette Feazell

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Trevor Mallory

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Brad Hyman

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Matt Byrd

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Cheryl Parker

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Kewa Wright

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Marcus Anderson

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Jeff Copeland

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Rosita Hubbard

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Veatrice Farrell

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Mario Myrick

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Delon Walton

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Johntae Edwards

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Antwan Hughes

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Melody Hughes

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Sherrod Pritchette

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Bambi Jones

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Keisha Fuller

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Rene Flowers

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Contact MLK Dream Big Organizers

Advantage Village Academy 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. Please find out the form below if you would like to join our team or speak to one of Executive volunteers.

staff@mlkdreambig.com
833 22nd Street S.
St Petersburg, FL 33712
(727) 321-7919