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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Kidcare Outreach | Florida Department of Health in Broward County
954-INSURES

The Children’s Services Council provides support for the Broward County Health Department to deliver personalized assistance to prospective KidCare enrollees and answer the many calls to 954-INSURES. KidCare outreach staff have forged partnerships with governmental and community-based organizations to promote the program and serves as the leading source of application distribution to Broward schools and child care facilities.

Primary POC: Rebecca Miele | Rebecca.Miele@flhealth.gov

KidVision/WPBT | WPBT Channel 2
305-424-4180

With WPBT’s KidVision VPK, teachers watch, learn, play and integrate the Florida Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK) Education Standards through entertaining and educational virtual field trips that appeal to both adults and children. Teachers learn the standards and then add them as another dimension to their classroom curriculum. The program’s goal is that adults will be knowledgeable about what children need to be learning to prepare them for kindergarten and life.

Primary POC: Frances Hernandez | Frances_Hernandez@wpbt.org

Kinship Initiatives for Supportive Services | Legal Aid of Broward County
954-736-2430

County-wide services for legal advocacy and support services to families providing kinship care for children and youth. Referrals are limited to CSC Kinship providers.

Primary POC: Ericka Peoples | epeoples@legalaid.org

Kinship Initiatives for Supportive Services | Memorial Healthcae System
954-276-0839

County-wide support services for kinship families with children ages 0-18, and for children and youth with special needs ages 0-22. Groups are offered in Fort Lauderdale (KID) and Hollywood (Memorial).

Primary POC: Laura Costa | lcosta@mhs.net

Kinship Initiatives for Supportive Services | Mental Health Association
954-746-2055

County-wide support services for kinship families with children ages 0-18. Groups are offered across Broawrd County.

Primary POC: Liz Meyers | liz@mhasefl.org | 954-746-2055 ext. 105 or 116

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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.
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"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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