Juwan’s involvement with the juvenile justice system began when he was 13 years old, due to altercations with peers at his school that resulted in more than 10 in-school and out-of-school suspensions. Juwan was referred to Eckerd shortly after his release and began participating in program services. He was one of the first youth referred to Eckerd’s Project Bridge services after the program began in August 2013.
Michelle was born to parents addicted to drugs and alcohol. She was raised in a family where relying on substances was common practice, and began using illegal substances herself. After multiple relapses and having her children removed from her custody, Michelle is now working with Eckerd Kids' Family Reunification Services.
Alvinique came to the program after her two-year old son had been removed from her care. She was struggling with mental health issues and needed help developing parenting skills that focused on improving child development. The Eckerd Supervised Family Time Counselor helped her create a support system.