Shaniqua "Shan" Rose as President of Change For The Community Inc., find ways to Restore The Unity in The Community.
Shaniqua “Shan” Rose was born into a family from the Caribbean Island of St. Lucia and raised in Brooklyn, New York. She relocated to Poinciana, Florida, where she graduated from Poinciana High School and then went on to receive her Associates Degree in General Studies from Valencia College. Shan continued her education with a Bachelor’s Degree in Supervision and Management from Polk State College and now holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration.
Shan started working for the City of Orlando in the Economic Development Department for the Downtown Development Board (DDB) and Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA), where she endeavored on different projects, including a nighttime economy study which resulted in the creation of a nighttime downtown manager. Shan later accepted a position in the city’s Permitting Office. There, she participated in various division enhancements, including the conversion of paper construction plans to digital, the creation of online tools for individuals that visit the City of Orlando, and initiation of required meetings between contractors and staff to discuss plan review or inspection issues, to assist the applicant with swifter completion of permits and construction projects.
Shan has a passion to create positive changes; while at the City of Orlando, she assisted with researching programs to assist with homelessness in the region, revisions to the Appearance Review policy to reduce the lengthy process to renovate the exterior of buildings, such as paint color changes and additional building signage, and the creation of additional business incentives to assist and attract businesses. While passionate about her work, Shan's passion is for West Orlando, specifically the Parramore community. In Parramore, she has seen a community in need of healing in many ways - from poverty to mentoring, but more specifically an opportunity to be united in focus.
On July 4, 2019, Shan started Change For the Community(CFTC) as an outlet to make positive changes in the community. CFTC creates a better neighborhood and community through group action. Shan works to inspire, educate and empower a sense of unity and pride. She builds unity and pride among the youth and enhances their livability. Shan consults with various organizations to provide solutions to pressing issues such as Youth Advocacy, Homelessness, Lack of Food, and so much more.
In 2019 Shan gathered youth within Parramore to do clean-ups in the most needed areas. After only four weeks, there was a litter decrease in the targeted areas. After witnessing this impact, she quickly explored other opportunities for change. Shan started mentoring with youth, providing opportunities to explore their community, learn history, and just have some good ole fun.
As a single mother of a young boy growing up in West Orlando, Shan realizes the importance of quality community resources that create a safe space for everyone to live, work and play. She has joined several organizations and committees, such as NAACP, Central Florida Urban League, and National Congress of Black Women, to be an active voice for positive change in her community. In recognition of her efforts in the community, Shan was honored as a Community Hero by the Orlando Solar Bears as well as received the Getting Results award from Channel 6 News.