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:

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HYT (Healthy Youth Transitions) | Museum of Discovery & Science
954-713-0910

MODS provides transitional young adults ages 18-22 with insufficient familial supports, the opportunity to participate in a yearlong paid internship. MODS partners with community based organizations to identify and prescreen eligible young adults transitioning out of foster care to secure employment. Young adults can earn a wage for approximately 11-14 hours per week.

Primary POC: Sandy McCarthy | Sandra.McCarthy@mods.net

HYT (Healthy Youth Transitions) | PACE Center for Girls
954-561-6939

The program serves middle and high school girls ages 11-19 by providing life coaching and counseling to increase protective factors and mitigate risk factors associated with delinquency as well as assisting girls transitioning to adulthood. The program helps girls develop healthy interpersonal relationships, coping skills, self-esteem, and future planning.

Primary POC: Milena Brunet | milena.brunet@pacecenter.org | 954-561-6939 ext. 3819

HYT (Healthy Youth Transitions) | SunServe
954-764-5150

Program serves middle and high school youth ages 11-19 who identify as LGBTQ by providing professional assessment, counseling, and life coaching to promote successful life outcomes. The program promotes the development of skills, academic, and employability skills to help youth transition successfully into healthy young adulthood.

Primary POC: Tori Bertran | tbertran@sunserve.org

HYT (Healthy Youth Transitions) | Urban League of Broward County
954-625-2604

The Village Program serves middle and high school youth ages 11-19 with delinquency involvement. The program provides life coaching and counseling to guide and support youth in becoming successful and responsible young adults. The program teaches youth anger management skills, social responsibility, character building and employability skills to ensure youth are exposed to positive activities as a way to divert them from the juvenile justice system.

Primary POC: Lauren Butler | lpbutler@ulbcfl.org

Intensive In-Home Services - Special Population | Broward Regional Health Palnning Council
954-561-9681

*BSO Referrals Only*

Healthy Families Broward is the local affiliate of Healthy Families Florida and Healthy Families America. It is the leading child abuse prevention program targeting new parents assessed at high-risk for child abuse.

Primary POC: Tina Hudson | thudson@brhpc.org | 954-561-9681 ext. 1293

Intensive In-Home Services - Special Population | Juilana Gerena & Associates
954-340-0560

*BSO Referrals Only*

Family-based, in-home therapeutic program provided by Master’s level therapists using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to serve families with children with sexual behavioral conditions residing in their home. Services include comprehensive assessments, the development of a safety plan, individual and family counseling, case management, and therapeutic parent and youth group sessions.

Primary POC: Juliana Gerena, Psy.D | jgerena@gerena-associates.com

Intensive In-Home Services - Special Population | Center for Hearing nf Communication
754-444-3084

*BSO Referrals Only*

In-home program provided a minimum of once per week by Master’s level staff using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and the Nurturing Parenting Program (NPP) curriculum to serve families at risk of abuse and neglect impacted by hearing loss.

Primary POC: Natalie Basna | nbasba@chchearing.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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