Welcome to the 30th Annual Arthur “Pappy” Kennedy Prayer Event! Thank you for tuning into our virtual event, and continuing a decades-long Central Florida tradition. Please enjoy our on-demand video, and we encourage you to further participate by answering the reflection questions by leaving a comment on our Facebook event page.

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Are you enjoying the virtual Arthur “Pappy” Kennedy Prayer Event? Would you like to share your answers to Dr. Outerbridge’s reflection questions with your neighbors? Leave a comment now!

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Scholarship Information

The YMCA of Central Florida and the Southwest Orlando Jaycees will award a $1,500 Arthur Pappy Kennedy Scholarship to one deserving student.

The scholarship is designed to assist a minority high school senior who’s planning to attend an accredited post-secondary institution in the Fall of 2021, but may lack the finances to cover all of the cost associated with attendance and/or books. Applicants must be in good academic standing, demonstrate strong leadership skills, and have some involvement with community service initiatives.


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Scholarship Amount

One $1,500 scholarship to be awarded

Application Deadline

Applications are due by February 15

Scholarship Award Notification

The winner will be notified on March 5

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Arthur “Pappy” Kennedy Orlando’s first African American City Council Member

Arthur “Pappy” Kennedy took the oath of office in 1973 and serving two terms until 1980. Pappy Kennedy was an advocate of higher education. He served as the organizer of the Orlando Negro Chamber of Commerce, President of the Jones High School Parent-Teacher Association, and was instrumental in the organization of the Orange County Parent-Teacher Council. With the goal of improving his community, he worked with many organizations including Meals on Wheels, the United Negro College Fund, and the NAACP. Although Pappy Kennedy passed away in 2000, his legacy lives on in our Central Florida community and is celebrated each year on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.


Dr. Collin Outerbridge serves as the Lead Pastor of Nona Church. His life changed when he was invited by a friend to join a Bible Study through CRU, a campus ministry at the University of Florida. After being called to ministry, Collin received his M.A. from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA and holds his Doctorate of Ministry with a dissertation focus on Generation Z and the future church. He sits on the board of the Lake Nona YMCA and is a requested communicator locally and nationally. The son of Caribbean immigrants and a southeast Orlando native, Collin is passionate about creating churches that are multicultural and multi-generational, reflecting the diversity of our city. Collin is married to his high school sweetheart, Stacey, and they are proud to be the parents of their four children.


Dr. Chaney’s career spanned 41 years of unwavering commitment to improving the health outcomes of both the privileged and the underserved children and families of Central Florida. A native Floridian herself, Dr. Chaney is a proud 1966 graduate of Jones High School and a 1970 graduate of Howard University in Washington, D.C.. Dr. Chaney then attended Howard University College of Medicine where, after graduation, she completed a pediatric residency and became certified by The American Board of Pediatrics as well as a member of The American Academy of Pediatrics. In 1978, Dr. Chaney returned to her hometown and became the first African American pediatrician to practice medicine in the Central Florida area.

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Virtual Prayer Wall

Be part of a community in prayer no matter where you are!

The YMCA movement was founded by people who came together to pray for their co-workers and community. That tradition still lasts today at the YMCA of Central Florida. We invite you to share your prayer request with us and also to pray for those who have asked us to keep them in our prayers as well.

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Week of Action

In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. – Heart of Florida United Way invites you to join their Week of Action.

This community-wide volunteer initiative will go from January 17–23. Volunteer opportunities include refreshing community gardens with Fleet Farming, painting and landscaping residential and commercial facilities, virtual opportunities to support local healthcare professionals, and more.

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The Orlando Blessing
Watch as 85 churches across Orlando come together through this original song “The Blessing.”