According to statistics, 85% of youth offenders can't read or do even the most basic math. Their problems with school started way before they had their first brush with the law. By the time these pseudo “tough guys” take their first steps into a Pre-K class, they are already behind their peers.
Eckerd’s Project Bridge Program Receives Miami-Dade Transit Grant Totaling Nearly $50K in Bus Passes
Reliable transportation is expensive and difficult for many of the families involved in Eckerd’s Project Bridge program. Today we announce our program received 35 monthly bus passes totaling $47,250 for the year from the Transportation Disadvantaged Program, a state funded program administered locally by Miami-Dade Transit.
For children in foster care this Friday signifies hope. Twenty-five foster children will be adopted into homes as part of the Hillsborough National Adoption Day celebrations to be held at the George E. Edgecomb Courthouse in Tampa, FL.
On Friday, November 14th parents and children gathered at the Pinellas County Justice Center to finalize their adoptions. The ceremony was in conjunction with National Adoption Day, which celebrates families who have adopted children and encourages others to do so.
Don'zyia Jones, age 6, is one of the youths being helped by Friends of the Children of Tampa Bay, a mentoring program that matches vulnerable children with long-term mentors, or Friends. Read the full article in Spanish.
Cindi Blackburn-Jones, Director at Eckerd Boomer talks on Hometown Christian Radio about the upcoming free Thanksgiving meal open to the community.
Last Friday , 18 adoptions took place as part of Pasco County's annual observance of National Adoption Day. The ceremony brings awareness to the many children in foster care still waiting to be matched with adoptive families.
In Hillsborough County, the 13th Judicial Circuit Community Alliance, which includes Eckerd Community Alternatives, recently launched an initiative to connect unaccompanied immigrant children and their caregivers with a variety of support services.
Chris Turner, a foster youth in Eckerd’s Youth Development Program, is seeking change in the foster care system through the New England Youth Coalition (NEYC). He has taken a leadership role on the Normalcy Project – an initiative to ensure children in foster care have the ability to take part in everyday activities.
Seven years ago our lives were changed in the most wonderful ways as our family walked into a court room and stood before a judge and promised to love and cherish each other as we became a forever family.