Looghermine Success Story

Looghermine Success Story

"I will be the first to say, Youth in Government should be a part of every teenager's life, because I know without it I wouldn't be the person I am."

Thanks to the Children’s Services Council and the YMCA of Broward County, students have an opportunity to give a voice to issues that are important to them.

With funding from the CSC, students in the YMCA Youth In Government program attended the 57th Annual Florida YMCA Youth In Government State Assembly in Tallahassee to serve as part of a youth-run, youth-led model government process.

"When I look back on my life twenty years from now, there will be a few key events that I will remember from my high school career. One of them definitely will be my experience in the Youth in Government (YIG) program. However cliché it might sound, being in the State Assembly changed my life. Roaming the confusing halls of the Capitol as a senator changed me inside. I came to believe in myself and my abilities in ways that I never had before. I never thought that I could stand in front of over fifty kids and passionately explain why I believed that women should have equal pay as men. I never thought that people would be so much in favor of my bill that they would smile at me as they rose in favor of it. I never thought I could face the daunting task of entering the cabinet room and presenting my bill to the cream of the crop in YIG without fainting.

If you told me at the beginning of my sophomore year that four days would alter the course of my thinking—about the world and myself—I would have politely laughed and shaken my head. But now I know. I know that YIG was an event that was meant to happen to me. I know that I had to be first on the docket, first to get their bill passed in the senate, and first Bowen delegate to present their bill in the cabinet. I know that when asked I will be the first to say, Youth in Government should be a part of every teenager's life, because I know without it I wouldn't be the person I am."

Read More YMCA Youth In Government (YIG) Success Stories:

Arnelle | Carlos (Parents) | Joel | William | Yasmeen

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General Population | Children's Harbor
954-252-3072

In-home parenting education provided once per week by Bachelor’s or Master’s level staff using the Nurturing Parenting Program (NPP) curriculum and/or the Circle of Security Model to serve families at risk of abuse and neglect.

Primary POC: Shaquoia Richardson | srichardson@childrensharbor.org | 954-252-3072 ext. 151

General Population | Children's Home Society of South Florida
954-453-6400

In-home therapy program provided 1-2 times per week by Master’s level staff using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to serve families at risk of abuse and neglect. Case management and parenting education also provided using the NPP curriculum.

Primary POC: Lisa Sciandra | intercoastal.referrals@chsfl.org

General Population | Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services
954-252-6413

In-home counseling, case management and parenting curriculum provided an average of two times per week by Master’s level clinicians using the Family Skill Builders model to serve families at risk of abuse and neglect.

Primary POC: Nadia Balram | nadia.balram@gcjfcs.org

General Population | Henderson Behavioral Health
954-735-4530

Intensive, in-home therapeutic program provided for up to 10 hours per week by highly-trained Multi-Systemic Therapy Master’s level clinicians to serve families with youth at risk of delinquency or youth with a history of delinquent behavior.

Primary POC: Farah Lavasseur | flavasseur@hendersonbh.org | 954-735-4530 ext. 141

General Population | JAFCO
954-315-8694

Intensive, in-home therapeutic program provided for up to 10 hours per week by highly-trained Multi-Systemic Therapy Master’s level clinicians to serve families with youth at risk of delinquency or youth with a history of delinquent behavior.

Primary POC: Trahern LaFavor | trahern@jafco.org

General Population | Memorial Healthcare System
954-276-0867

In-home therapy provided weekly by Master’s level clinicians using Solutions Focused Brief Therapy and/or the Circle of Security parenting model. Services include case management, life skills training, parenting groups and father-focused groups to families with youth ages 0-18 years old.

Primary POCs:
Maryssa St. Fort | mstfort@mhs.net | 954-276-0867
Gretchen Haddad | ghaddad@mhs.net | 954-276-0831

HandsOn Broward | Children's Services Council of Broward County
954-233-1295

The Children’s Services Council supports HandsOn Broward as a critical component in Broward’s human services system of care and infrastructure. HandsOn Broward provides year-round volunteer recruitment that bridges individuals and groups to meaningful service opportunities at over 600 nonprofit organizations throughout our community. As a CSC agency capacity building partner, HandsOn supports nonprofit agencies in the search and recruitment of volunteers to enhance service provision.

Primary POC: Dale Mandell |dale@handsonbroward.org

The Faces of CSC

The greatest tool you can give a child is the ability to persuade and speak with confidence. Being that my YIG experience positively impacted my emotional literacy skills, I would like to pass these on to those who are less fortunate.
"This program has touched me and made a difference in my life."
"I will be the first to say, Youth in Government should be a part of every teenager's life, because I know without it I wouldn't be the person I am."
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