William Success Story

William Success Story

"This program has touched me and made a difference in my life."

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.

"In this year's 21st Century program I have had the opportunity to travel to Tallahassee and debate a bill that I crafted along with other passionate youth from around Florida. Through this experience, I was able to grow as a debater and public speaker. Although I'm a senior and was a part of the program for only a year, I feel that that all students should join the 21st Century program. If I could go back in time, I would have started it a lot sooner to better explore all that it has to offer.

For this amazing experience and great year I would like to thank everyone that helps make this program possible. Without you, hundreds of students would be doing God knows what. This program has touched me and made a difference in my life."

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

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

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Intensive In-Home Services - Special Population | Arc Broward
954-577-4107

*BSO Referrals Only*

Specialized, in-home parent education provided at least bimonthly by Certified Behavioral Analysts, Bachelor’s and paraprofessional staff using the “Parents As Teachers” curriculum, modified to support parents of children with special needs.

Primary POC: Tonya Ricker | tricker@arcbroward.com | 954-661-3183

Intensive In-Home Services - Special Population | Broward Children Center
954-943-2253

*BSO Referrals Only*

Weekly, in-home parenting using the NPP Special Needs Curriculum. Services are provided by Bachelor’s level staff. Model serves families with chronic or life-threatening medical challenges, developmental delays, visual or auditory disabilities, and/or behavior disorders.

Primary POC: Jessica Roy | JessicaR@bcckids.org | 954-943-2253 Ext. 112

Intensive In-Home Services - Special Population | Smith Community Mental Health
954-321-2296

*BSO Referrals Only*

In-home therapy and case management services provided 1-2 times per week by Master’s level therapists with specific ability to work with families with youth having behavioral problems. Program uses the Alternatives for Families-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (AF-CBT) approach .

Primary POC: Eduardo Marrero | eduardo.marrero@smithcmh.com | 954-321-2296 ext. 229

Intensive In-Home Services | Henderson Behavioral Health
954-735-4530

*BSO Referrals Only*

Intensive, in-home interventions provided for an average of 10 face-to-face hours per week using the best practice model HOMEBUILDERS® Program. The families referred to this program must be referred by BSO CPIS and must be families at high risk of having their children removed from their home. Prior to making the referral, the BSO CPIS Supervisor and Service Provider Specialist must be consulted. Referrals cannot be faxed.

Intensive In-Home Services | Kids In Distress
954-390-7654

*BSO Referrals Only*

Intensive, in-home interventions provided for an average of 10 face-to-face hours per week using the best practice model HOMEBUILDERS® Program. The families referred to this program must be referred by BSO CPIS and must be families at high risk of having their children removed from their home. Prior to making the referral, the BSO CPIS Supervisor and Service Provider Specialist must be consulted. Referrals cannot be faxed.

Primary POC: Tahia Moore | tahiamoore@kidinc.org | 954-390-7654 ext. 1282

Juvenile Assessment Center | Broward Sheriff's Office
954-765-4469

As a part of the Juvenile Assessment Center (JAC) Collaborative Project, the Broward Sheriff’s Office provides coordination, oversight and direct services to allow the JAC to operate 24/7 as a multi-agency, collaborative central point of entry to the juvenile justice system. Youth referred for law violations in Broward County are delivered to the JAC by law enforcement are provided coordinated, centralized processing and timely comprehensive individual assessment.

Primary POC: Leann Hessler-Betz | leann_hessler-betz@sheriff.org

KID FIRST | Kids in Distress
954-390-7654

In-home program provided weekly to serve families at risk of abuse and neglect. Program comprised of three components: 1) Case Management, 2) Supportive Counseling and 3) Parent Education using the Strengthening Families curriculum.

Primary POCs:
Manuel Guzman | manuelguzman@kidinc.org | 954-390-7654 ext. 1376
Misty Cipyak | mistycipyak@kidinc.org | 954-390-7654 ext. 1309

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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