Looghermine Success Story

Looghermine Success Story

"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."

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.

"When I look back on my life twenty years from now, there will be a few key events that I will remember from my high school career. One of them definitely will be my experience in the Youth in Government (YIG) program. However cliché it might sound, being in the State Assembly changed my life. Roaming the confusing halls of the Capitol as a senator changed me inside. I came to believe in myself and my abilities in ways that I never had before. I never thought that I could stand in front of over fifty kids and passionately explain why I believed that women should have equal pay as men. I never thought that people would be so much in favor of my bill that they would smile at me as they rose in favor of it. I never thought I could face the daunting task of entering the cabinet room and presenting my bill to the cream of the crop in YIG without fainting.

If you told me at the beginning of my sophomore year that four days would alter the course of my thinking—about the world and myself—I would have politely laughed and shaken my head. But now I know. I know that YIG was an event that was meant to happen to me. I know that I had to be first on the docket, first to get their bill passed in the senate, and first Bowen delegate to present their bill in the cabinet. I know that when asked 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."

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

Arnelle | Carlos (Parents) | Joel | William | 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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