Carlos Yancy is a third-generation Sarasotan who grew up in the Newtown community. He went to school and played football at Riverview High School and the University of Georgia before enjoying a brief professional career playing for the New England Patriots under Coach Bill Parcells.
Upon his return to Sarasota, he began working with the Family Counseling Center under a pilot program of then-Governor Jeb Bush. Then, he was an English as a Second Language teacher at Booker Middle School.
Carlos then joined the Goodwill Selby Newtown Job Connection office as a Career Development Facilitator. Working with Goodwill, he had the opportunity to help community members with two very critical needs— good employment and safe, suitable housing.
The job seekers he worked with had many barriers to employment, including a shortage of education or job skills training, a past criminal record, or a disability. He also served older adults seeking to enter or re-enter the workforce, and veterans, who face many challenges to reintegrating into the community.
Presently, he is new and proud team member of the new First Home Bank facility in Newtown— a facility that will provide access to banking and financial services for the Newtown community, with a focus on encouraging home ownership and other economic development projects.
Carlos will be the bank’s Business Development Specialist, and will also join the Bank’s PEACE (Providing Equal Access to Credit Envoy) Team, a group of residential mortgage experts dedicated to combating inequality and better serving the needs of minority and low-to-moderate income borrowers in every phase of the home buying process.
He brings a host of experience, passion and perspective to every program he works with.