IT TAKES A VILLAGE!
SOCIAL ACTIVITIES AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
WE'RE LOOKING FOR
YEP is currently seeking partnerships with other organizations that serve Florida with similar missions to positively impact underserved and marginalized youth.
The success of YEP depends on its partnerships with other organizations. Because it takes a village, YEP is seeking partnerships with entities that further YEP's mission. If you're part of an organization that could contribute towards the success of YEP, please email YEPGainesville@gmail.com. Currently, YEP is looking for partnerships across the State. The girls at Alachua Academy are sentenced from all over Florida. Part of YEP's mission is to provide a supportive network for the girls to transition into in their placement county open release from the program. Community partnerships with other organizations, both nonprofit and for profit can make a huge difference in the youths' lives. Below is a list of organizations YEP has or is working with and how they help YEP further the mission to empower youth and create healthy lifestyles to reduce recidivism and prevent adult incarceration.
YEP is made possible by the generous support of Burke Law.
SPONSORS & FUNDING
Companies can further YEP's mission by sponsoring events or contributing 501(c)(3)
donations. YEP is seeking partnerships for employment opportunities, training, and skills development for the youth. For profit companies really looking to making an impact can explore Benefit Corporation structuring to maximize contributions and tax benefits. Those interested in learning more about Benefit Corporations should contact Burke Law.
Toastmasters International is a a non-profit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of clubs. Since 1924, Toastmasters International has helped people from diverse backgrounds become more confident speakers, communicators, and leaders. Toastmasters visit Alachua Academy regularly to help the girls with public speaking, communication, and interview skills. Toastmasters further the mission of YEP by instilling confidence and composure in the girls. The girls’ work in Toastmasters helps them settle themselves, quiet giggles, and teaches the girls self-possession and control. https://www.toastmasters.org
Yogaloka’s teachers are trauma trained in yoga therapy. Yogaloka currently teaches underserved and marginalized demographics, including the Alachua County Jail, homeless at Grace Marketplace, veterans, survivors of domestic violence, and those living with disabilities. Instructors also teach the juvenile incarcerated male population. Yogaloka is a perfect fit for YEP and furthers the mission of YEP by providing thoughtful yoga practices that slow the mind and teaches balance to youth. The skills gained by yoga can be practiced anywhere and Yogaloka is expanding its presence across Florida and internationally. https://www.yogaloka.org
8th Judicial Circuit
The 8th Judicial Circuit has partnered with YEP to facilitate in-person discussions and “zoom/phone a Judge” sessions. This provides youth in Alachua Academy the opportunity to speak with a Judge to obtain advice and guidance. This furthers YEP’s mission by educating the youth to understand the skill development necessary to obtain a job and how their criminal records can impact their future. It provides a less threatening environment for the youth to learn and more time for the judges to explain the repercussions of the youths’ actions outside of court. https://circuit8.org/circuit-judges/
River Phoenix Center for Peacebuilding
The RPCP mission is to enrich the lives of individuals, families, and communities by providing and promoting the best practices and principles of peacebuilding and global sustainability. RPCP is a mission driven organization working toward prevention, intervention and healing from violence. Dedicated to creating essential societal change by restorative justice. The organization trains facility staff how to be trauma responsive in their interaction with youth. This furthers the mission of YEP by providing a nurturing environment for the youth while at Alachua Academy so they can best benefit from other resources. YEP is currently fundraising to provide this important trauma responsive training to staff. https://www.centerforpeacebuilding.org
Fiore Tax Services
Fiore Tax Services partnered with YEP in 2020 to provide webinars via Zoom on financial planning and management. The girls are very interested in learning more about financial success and thanks to Fiore Tax Services, the girls have been able to engage in exercises that help to prepare them for life outside the facility.
YEP also partners with local art teachers in the community to expand and tap into the girls’ creativity. Community volunteers attend the facility to create plays, dances, murals, and more.
YEP accepts volunteers! Contact us if you have a skillset or inspirational story that will positively impact or benefit our youth.
University of Florida
Dr. Kristin Joys, PhD from the University of Florida has 20 years experience in teaching and career advisement. Dr. Joys is incredibly knowledgeable and stays abreast of economic changes to provide current career and educational advisement to youth. Dr. Joys provides guidance to the youth with regards to career opportunities, educational requirements, and skills necessary to obtain and maintain employment.
Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center
The policy center engages communities, organizations and individuals through quality research, community organizing, advocacy, training and model programming to advance the rights of girls, young women, and youth who identify as female, especially those impacted by the justice system. YEP is currently fundraising to partner with the Policy Center to introduce the Savvy Sister group materials into Alachua Academy. The Savvy Sister is a gender focused approach which provides support to girls in the areas girls need most – self-esteem, self-worth, confidence, female empowerment, etc. This furthers YEP mission by taking a gender responsive approach to ensure the youth are benefiting from services as much as possible during their time in the facility and that they leave the program with a sense of value and confidence that enables them to live a better, healthier life, with the ability to make more informed decisions and control their reactions and responses to stimuli. https://www.seethegirl.org
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