Florida First Lady Casey DeSantis Announces Youth-at-Risk Mentorship InitiativeFlorida First Lady Casey DeSantis Announces Youth-At-Risk Mentorship Initiative

Monday, First Lady Casey DeSantis joined the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) and Volunteer Florida to announce the launch of DJJ’s new mentorship initiative – A mentor, a child. This initiative will create a statewide mentorship network that matches mentors with at-risk youth in their local communities.

DJJ will work with Volunteer Florida using Volunteer Connect to recruit mentors who will receive DJJ training and be matched with a youth from their community. The goal of this mentoring initiative is to build relationships and identify mentors who want to become positive role models in the lives of young people in their local community.

“Mentoring can change the trajectory of a child’s entire life by establishing a strong bond with a caring adult who can help guide them away from dangerous activities and into a prosperous future,” said the First. Lady Casey DeSantis. “I am grateful that DJJ and Volunteer Florida are working together to launch the One Mentor, One Child initiative, which will help shape and support children in Florida.”

“DJJ recognizes the important role our partners and community members play in supporting the work of our agency, and we are excited to work with even more Floridians who seek to make a difference in children’s lives,” said said Eric Hall, secretary of DJJ. “The One Mentor, One Child initiative will allow us to connect a child with a dedicated mentor who can have a positive influence and leave a lasting impression in their life. »

DJJ will also work with organizations such as the Pace Center for Girls, Boys & Girls Clubs and AMIkids and plans to expand its partnership opportunities to other community organizations to expand its network statewide.

Organizations and individuals interested in getting involved with the One Mentor, One Child initiative can visit the DJJ website HERE.

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