Palm Seaside County earns nationwide greatest in class achievement award for Stage Up Mentoring Program

Palm Seaside County Stage Up Mentoring Program has been acknowledged with a Greatest in Class for Youngsters and Youth Achievement Award from the Nationwide Affiliation of Counties (NACo).

The awards honor progressive, efficient county authorities applications that strengthen providers for residents.

Palm Seaside County Youth Providers Division, in partnership with the United Manner of Palm Seaside County’s Mentor Heart and the Youngsters’s Providers Council of Palm Seaside County, launched the Stage Up Enhanced Mentoring Program in 2021. This was performed to supply mentoring alternatives for youth ages 11 to 19 who’re concerned with or susceptible to coming into the juvenile justice or dependency techniques.

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The aim is to match youth with a long-term, constructive function mannequin, make referrals to community-based providers, and supply alternatives to proceed schooling or profession exploration. When an adolescent has a constant supportive grownup of their life, they will overcome adversity and construct resiliency.  Usually younger individuals concerned within the dependency or delinquency system lack that supportive grownup.

“Collaboration is vital in offering alternatives for younger individuals in Palm Seaside County, and we’re very appreciative that the NACo acknowledges this distinctive collaboration with United Manner and the Youngsters’s Providers Council,” mentioned Tammy Ok. Fields, Director of Palm Seaside County Youth Providers.

Annually, NACo’s Achievement Awards are given in 18 classes that replicate the huge, complete providers counties present. The classes embody youngsters and youth, felony justice and public security, county administration, info expertise, well being, civic engagement and extra. One program is chosen as Greatest in Class in every of the classes from all of the submissions from throughout the nation.

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Launched in 1970, this system is designed to acknowledge innovation in county authorities.

“The Achievement Awards display excellence in county authorities and the dedication to serve our residents day by day,” mentioned NACo President Denise Winfrey. “This 12 months’s winners signify among the most progressive and collaborative efforts we’ve got seen in over 50 years of presenting these awards.”

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