Sulphur Springs Youth Leadership Council, Tampa, Florida
The Children’s Board of Hillsborough County, Conn Memorial Foundation and the Rays Baseball Foundation provide funding to support the Sulphur Springs Youth Leadership Council (Youth Spring into Action - YSIA), which formally started in May, 2010 and has 25 youth actively involved. This Youth Council was created when the community voiced the need for more resources for the neighborhood youth. The purpose of the Sulphur Springs Youth Initiative is to create opportunities for leadership development, community service projects and improve educational achievement for neighborhood youth. The teen council is led by the youth with mentoring and advisement from Devereux Kids staff. This practice is inherent in the Devereux Kids strength based philosophy of services, which requires us to seek full participation and engagement of those impacted by our services as we develop and implement program services. The overall mission is to assist residents and community leaders in Sulphur Springs in building its capacity to be a healthy and safe community for the children, families and residents who live there.
TEENS LEADING CHANGE
In accordance with a MOU with the City of Tampa, Devereux Kids facilitated Teens Leading Change (TLC) for Parks and Rec and Boys and Girls Club of Tampa Bay for the 2nd year. Twelve (12) TLC classes were conducted in the summer with over 70 middle and high school students attending three (3) times a week. (approx. 200 students weekly) The course is derived from the Sean Convey book “The Six (6) Most Important Decisions a Teen Will Ever Make.” We have covered School, Friends, Parents, Dating and Sex. The last two were Addictions and Self Worth. The application of the last two lessons, were very real. So many of our youth said this topic was an everyday issue in their lives. This has been an amazing series. The fall series returns to the book Five, Where Will You Be Five Years from Today by author Abraham Maslow. Devereux Kids will facilitate a Train the Trainer city-wide to teach their staff the curriculum at their respective sites.
A Message to Our Donors
Dear Devereux Donors,
July 1 marked the beginning of our new fiscal year. For Devereux, the last 12 months proved to be very challenging and very rewarding. We served more children and families needing services than ever before and did so on one of the tightest budgets imaginable. I am very proud of every one of our employees—they positively impact the lives of children and families every day. I’m also very proud of those we serve. They struggle with battles that I can sometimes barely imagine and their steps to successes are enormous.
This hard work—by employee and client—is accomplished, in great part, because of your generosity. For the first time ever, Devereux’s Florida donors provided more than $1.3 million in contributions. Your gifts helped to provide backpacks for school, holiday gifts to children who would otherwise have none; they supported after-school and child abuse prevention programs in high-risk neighborhoods and helped cover to cover the cost of critically needed therapeutic services.
As you read through the articles in this newsletter and throughout the year—as you join us for our Golf Tournament, send a check during the annual appeal or drop off a gift for the holidays—pat yourself on the back. You are doing the most amazing job of all!
Steven J. Murphy
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