November FYI Newsletter

Program Information and Hours: The Youth Center is a safe and secure drop-in program; you can relax with friends, play ping-pong or pool, watch TV, read and do homework, play PS4 games, and utilize the large computer lab. Daily hours throughout the school year are: Monday – Friday, 2:00pm – 7:00pm. The Youth Center is closed on Saturday & Sunday.

Student Advisory Council: The Youth Center is still accepting applications for it’s Student Advisory Council (SAC). The group meets twice a month, and sponsors a number of events throughout the year, and is highly involved in Community Service projects. Recently the group donated $100 to the Flagler Beach Food Pantry in a fundraiser hosted by Ms. Fulmer and the Formality Singers. The next act will include donating two small indoor solarium/grow houses, with lighting, peat pots, soil and seeds to the Flagler/ Volusia County Boys and Girls Club, at Rymfire elementary school. Each month SAC is doing an “AOK” (Act of Kindness.) Project, to help community members.

Facility Update: Within in the next few weeks the Youth Center will be receiving some new furniture for the Computer Lab. Brandon Seminara the Assistant Director has been working with Joey Dipuma from the Flagler Schools Technology Department to order new furniture. The furniture will include a three piece couch that can be used for collaborative work or for students to sit on while playing the PlayStation 4 on the big screen. A much needed new conference table and chairs is also being added. The new conference table is greatly needed for the Student Advisory Council and Students Working Against Tobacco clubs that meet in the center.

Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT):  Help us fight “BIG” Tobacco, and lower youth use of tobacco and tobacco related products like “E-Cigarettes and Juul’s! Recently SWAT worked with the FPC Community Problem Solvers group “Juuls are for Fuuls” to help spread the word about the dangers of juuling at the home football game on October 19th, and kick off “Red Ribbon Week”. Prior to the game, Kaiden Redding helped staff the SWAT Table and the School Resource Showcase, at BTMS. If you are interested in joining SWAT stop by the Youth Center or email [email protected]

Road to Success Program: RTS has helped 176 young adults earn their GEDs to date with 22 of those earning honors.   RTS is a year-round program and we are enrolling now for November and December.  RTS enrolls 45 students per year, we focus on GED prep, life skills and pre-employment training. Over the last several months RTS has had 94% of students graduating with their GEDs and a job or post-secondary education. Our events this month included: Travis Thomas presented an overview of FTI’s programs, students have had an opportunity to take graduation pictures with our professional photographer, students and staff went to Marineland for a behind the scenes tour, Wells Fargo conducted a financial literacy class, DJJ presented the “Know the Law” workshop.  Students also worked their resumes and we had two new paid interns start at the Habitat for Humanity’s thrift shop. In November we look forward to a field trip to Daytona State College with students for a tour. If you have any questions about our Youth Program please contact Taahira Lee, Case manager 437-7526 ext. 1189 or Brian Willard, Program Manager @ 386-437-8279.