ORLANDO, Fla. – Thursday, September 27, 2012 – The Zebra Foundation for Youth, Inc. has named Scott Bowman as its board chairman to oversee the three-year-old organization’s growth initiative as the Zebra Coalition prepares to open its new location on Mills Avenue.
“I am excited that Scott has accepted the role of chairman. His background is a perfect fit for the Zebra Foundation for Youth as we continue to build what will become a model for other communities across the country,” said Jefferson Voss, co-founder and president of the Zebra Foundation for Youth.
The Zebra Foundation for Youth’s mission is to foster hope, dignity and self-respect in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning (“LGBTQ”) youth and to provide them the opportunity to grow up in a safe, healthy and supportive environment. Donations to the Zebra Foundation help to create and sustain programs that directly support LGBTQ youth, primarily through the Zebra Coalition®.
Bowman is Vice President of Client Relations for Sara Brady Public Relations, Inc., a firm headquartered in Winter Park, Florida that specializes in crisis communications, reputation management, corporate communications, social media and community relations.
Prior to joining Sara Brady Public Relations, Bowman worked 12 years as part of the senior management team at the Orlando Magic in various roles including overseeing the customer experience, retention of season ticket holders, community and government relations and serving as the President of the Orlando Magic Youth Foundation.
Bowman also currently serves as a member of the board of directors for United Arts of Central Florida, where he is a member of the executive committee and chair of the development committee. He is immediate past chairman of the Orlando Repertory Theatre’s board of directors and currently serves as the chair of the public relations and marketing committee. Bowman also serves on the board of directors for A Gift for Teaching and is a member of the Foundation for Orange County Public School’s communications committee.
Bowman succeeds Jefferson R. Voss, senior director, Tavistock Group, who is co-founder of the Zebra Foundation for Youth and remains president and an active member of the board. Other members of the board include:
The Zebra Coalition® was established in response to the growing number of LGBTQ youth who are experiencing homelessness, bullying, extreme physical and sexual abuse, isolation from their families, and a wide range of life challenges or setbacks.
It is a network of 18 Central Florida social service providers, government agencies, schools, and colleges and universities that provides a full continuum of services to at-risk LGBTQ youth.
The Zebra Coalition® members include: The Center for Drug Free Living, The City of Orlando Housing and Community Development, The City of Orlando Police Department, The Coalition for the Homeless, Equality Florida, The GLBT Community Center, GLSEN, The Hope and Help Center of Central Florida, Inc., Human Services Associates, Inc., Joy Metropolitan Community Church, Metropolitan Business Association, Orange County Public Schools, Orlando Youth Alliance, PFLAG Orlando, PFLAG Brevard County, Rollins College, Stetson University, and the University of Central Florida.
The Zebra Coalition® is a network of Central Florida social service providers, government agencies, schools, and colleges and universities that provides a full continuum of services to at-risk Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning (LGBTQ) youth. The Coalition assists young people facing homelessness; bullying; physical, sexual and drug abuse; and isolation from their families with individualized programs to guide them to recovery and stability. The Zebra Coalition also operates a 24-hour youth crisis hotline (1.877.90 ZEBRA), short-term housing and provides the Zebra Coalition House as a safe haven and community resource. For more information about the Zebra Coalition®, visit http://www.zebrayouth.org.