Success Stories


“Forward March not only helped me to be more myself, it helped me to be a better employee.”


Paxen Community Connections Brevard in Circuit 18 is excited to share the graduation of youth Tyler Croom. Tyler has successfully transitioned back into a traditional high school, which was a major goal for this young man. In addition, Tyler tried out for, and was selected to be a part of his football team.

The Rosette Family

Tina Rosette and her children moved to Florida in March 2016 and fell on hard times after not being able to find stable housing due to financial constraints. Tina and her family stayed in several shelters, hotels and campgrounds. Eckerd Kids Housing Case Manager and Family Coach, Briauna Hagins, was able to offer much needed support to the Rosettes.


Terosha Johnson will tell you she lacked social skills. She ran with “Hood” kids. She did not like interacting with people, which makes going to college and maintaining a job far from reality. All this changed when she enrolled in Paxen, a program of Eckerd Kids at the beginning of the summer.


Can you imagine being 23 years old and homeless? That was the reality for Jasmine, a participant in Paxen, a program of Eckerd Kids. When Jasmine first came into program she felt overwhelmed. She had limited work experience, interpersonal skills, job knowledge, as well as other financial knowledge and life skills.


Taylor was 19 years old, and his goal was to finish high school. However, when he went to register with the local school system, he found out that the credits he needed to earn for a high school diploma would take too long, and they suggested instead that he try for his GED. He was then told about Paxen, a program of Eckerd Kids.

Jean Carlo

Eckerd's Project Bridge would like to feature 17-year-old Jean Carlo. Jean was able to reveal his potential and break the vicious cycle of delinquency.


Kayley has a true success story. She came to Eckerd Workforce Development as a single mother of two, a high school dropout, and with limited work experience. Kayley is now planning on working as a phlebotomist upon certification and continuing her education for the healthcare industry. She is engage to be married in the coming year.

Michael Diaz-Jimenez

From the moment 22 year old Michael Diaz-Jimenez came into the program he knew exactly what he wanted. "I want to work hard so I can provide for my family in Puerto Rico, and marry my girlfriend and bring her to the States."


Michael is the second oldest of four children from a single parent house hold of Haitian decent. He had been in trouble with the law and was referred to Eckerd Project Bridge as part of his probation. Staff member Derrell Hand could tell that this young man wanted nothing to do with the program and was even skeptical of the possibility of being successful. Derrell knew it would take a lot of encouragement and patience to get Michael to change his point of view.