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Secretary's Message

August 4, 2015

Secretary Daly’s Weekly Letter

Time has certainly flown by as we have reached the first week of August! The summer is beginning to wind down and before we know it schools will be back in session!  As always, our DJJ team and providers have been hard at work serving Florida’s at-risk youth and families.   I hope you will take a moment to read the stories about the accomplishments of our agency staff, our colleagues, and the youth in our care.

As always, I am always looking for opportunities to showcase the work you do – on and off the clock – to enrich your communities. I know there is even more going on than what I report here, so I would like to encourage each of you to keep the weekly letter in mind and remember to share your good news. It’s easy – email news@djj.state.fl.us or call (850) 921–5900 by Thursday at noon.

Sincerely,

Christina K. Daly


PACE Center Budget Highlight Ceremony

On Monday, I was honored to join Governor Rick Scott at the PACE Center for Girls in West Palm Beach as he announced the funding of $89.4 million dollars from the “Keep Florida Working,” Budget aimed towards prevention programs under DJJ. 

In addition to $18 million for PACE Center for Girls facilities throughout Florida, Governor Scott also highlighted funding for other DJJ stakeholders including:

  • Boys and Girls Clubs – $5.5 million in total state funding for Boys and Girls Clubs to continue providing opportunities for youth across the state.
  • AMIKids – $2.5 million to provide additional resources for programs that teach youth life skills for a brighter future.
  • Parenting with Love and Limits – $250,000 to programs that focuses on intervention with youth that exhibit emotional and behavioral problems.
  • Kinder Vision/The Greatest Save – $150,000 for additional educational materials for middle and high school students to understand the dangers of sexual predators.

During the press conference, Governor Scott spotlighted a former PACE girl named Whitney. Whitney is a true success story.  Thanks to the PACE center, she is currently a student at Florida Atlantic University studying to become a doctor. 

I want to thank Governor Scott and the Florida Legislature for their leadership in recognizing the necessity for early intervention and prevention services for the youth in our state.

From left to right: Angela Clarke, Executive Director of the PACE Center for Girls Palm Beach; Secretary Daly; Governor Rick Scott; Whitney, former PACE Girl; Lynn Powell, Chief of Juvenile Division, Office of State Attorney, 15th Judicial Circuit; Stephen Brown, DJJ Residential Regional Director, South.  


Teacher of the Year Finalist Ceremony

 

I was in Jacksonville this past Tuesday to recognize DJJ Teacher of the Year Finalist Fallon Collins. Ms. Collins is an English teacher at Duval Academy and she believes that teaching is more than a job, it is her passion.  Ms. Collins places an emphasis on building up the confidence of her students and showing them respect. She demonstrates what our youth need most in a teacher: an educator that will show patience, understanding, and that will inspire them to see and achieve the very best of themselves. On behalf of our entire agency I am pleased to congratulate Ms. Collins and thank her for making a difference in the lives of our children.


Human Trafficking Bill Signing & Budget Highlight Ceremony

On Thursday, I joined Governor Rick Scott, Attorney General Pam Bondi, and other distinguished guests for a bill signing ceremony highlighting efforts we are taking to combat human trafficking and help victims of these horrendous crimes. Governor Scott ceremonially signed four bills that raises awareness of the signs of human trafficking, protects survivors from further exploitation, and establishes harsher punishment against perpetrators.

As you know, Florida is a zero tolerance state for human trafficking and combatting this modern form of slavery presents a unique challenge as it is unlike many other crimes. I am grateful for the leadership Governor Scott and the Legislature have shown on this issue and for their steadfast commitment to end human trafficking, ensuring that Florida is a safer place for our children and families.

Governor Scott ceremonially signed the following bills:

  • HB 369 - Human Trafficking - This bill requires the display of human trafficking public awareness and reporting signs in certain locations.  
  • HB 465 - Human Trafficking - This bill enhances protections for victims of human trafficking and provides enhanced sanctions for a person who solicits another to commit prostitution. 
  • HB 467 - Public Records/Human Trafficking Victims - This bill expands an exemption from public records requirements for criminal intelligence and investigative information that may reveal the identity of human trafficking victims.  
  • HB 469 - Public Records - This bill provides an exemption from public records requirements for the location of facilities serving victims of sexual exploitation and human trafficking.

The Governor also highlighted $2.6 million in the “KEEP FLORIDA WORKING” Budget for five safe homes for victims and other service providers located across the state, as well as $250,000 for Selah Freedom, the Tampa area organization which actively confronts the issue of sex trafficking and is being upheld as the statewide model for how to effectively bring solutions to survivors of sex trafficking & exploitation.


Residential Site Visits

During my trips to West Palm Beach and Tampa, I had the opportunity to stop by the Palm Beach Juvenile Correctional Facility (PBJCF), Hillsborough Girls Academy and Lake Academy for site tours. I always enjoy the chance to meet staff, tour the program and have meaningful conversation with the youth receiving treatment in our programs. It is certainly amazing the resilience and hard work these youth are putting forth to get back on track with both their educations and decision making skills. I had an especially touching moment while at Hillsborough Girls Academy, which reinforced why the work happening at DJJ is so important to lives of these children.

Thank you to the staff and youth who made my trips to each of their respective programs special. As I travel the state, I look forward to future site visits to meet and chat with both staff and youth.   


JJSIP Update

On Friday, Chief of Research and Data Integrity Mark Greenwald, Communications Director Heather DiGiacomo and I along with Shay Bilchik from the Center of Juvenile Justice Reform at Georgetown University met with the editorial board of the Tallahassee Democrat. The purpose of the meeting was to share with the board information on the Juvenile Justice System Improvement Project (JJSIP) and its implementation in Circuit 2, as well as the Department’s reform initiatives. I am thankful for the opportunity to sit down with the Editorial Board and appreciate them taking the time to learn more about our agency and the work we do.


Last week, we completed the roll out of the Juvenile Justice System Improvement Project (JJSIP) in Circuit 1, with a meeting on July 28.  Stakeholders from Okaloosa and Walton counties joined DJJ staff members from probation, residential commitment, and headquarters at Warrior’s Hall and Community Center in Crestview.  Approximately 50 people attended and learned about JJSIP from presentations by Circuit 1 Chief Probation Officer Paul Wallis, Assistant Secretary for the Office of Residential Services Laura Moneyham, Director of the Bureau of Research & Data Integrity Mark Greenwald, and Director of Policy & Programming for Probation & Community Intervention Jeannie Becker-Powell.


On Friday, July 31, I was pleased to attend a JJSIP meeting at the Leon County Courthouse in Tallahassee where Founder & Director of the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform at the Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy Shay Bilchik, J.D. and I had the opportunity to talk with the judges from Circuit 2 in greater detail about the data behind JJSIP and how that applies to judicial dispositions.

Many thanks go to Judge Charles Dodson, Judicial Assistant Lilly M. Crockett, Chief Judge Jonathan Sjostrom, and Trial Court Administrator Grant Slayden for their efforts and hospitality in hosting the meeting.  The event took great coordination of courthouse staff and resources to host this meeting of 30 professionals—most of whom were circuit judges, assistant state’s attorneys, and public defenders.

In addition, I am grateful to Circuit 2 Chief Probation Officer David Cornuet, Office of Residential Services Assistant Secretary Laura Moneyham, Director of the Bureau of Research & Data Integrity Mark Greenwald, and Probation & Community Intervention Interim Assistant Secretary Paul Hatcher for their presentations and for all of the behind-the-scenes work it took for such an interactive meeting. 

JJSIP is a national initiative to reform the juvenile justice system by translating "what works" into everyday practice and policy.  It provides a framework for implementing best practices throughout the entire juvenile justice system.


Detention Update

The youth and staff at the Collier RJDC are continuing their transition into a more trauma informed care environment.

It is estimated that most children in the juvenile justice system have experienced prior trauma, which can induce them to take a self-destructive path. Trauma-Informed Care addresses the impact that traumatic experiences and events have on individuals, can help to avoid further drama, and promotes healing.   

As you can see in these pictures, they are painting several of their mods into a softer, more pleasing look.


For the past month, Justice, our first pet therapy dog from the Miami-Dade RJDC, has worked at the Orange Regional Juvenile Detention Center in order to provide pet therapy to the youth in the facility.  He continues to provide much needed unconditional love to the youth who are angry, sad and just plain frustrated.  He has been loving every minute of it, as have the youth in the detention center, although he filed a grievance because he can’t fit in the chairs.

Justice has latched onto some special youth, especially the female mod, who have taken him under their wing and are treating him like a little child, which of course he loves.  They have given Justice a nice bath, made sure he was dry and spent the afternoon with him, after school, just loving and enjoying him and Justice enjoying the youth.  The finished product, smiling kids and a smiling dog.  Good job ladies!

On one day, a male youth was having a rough day and was quite frustrated.  While Superintendent Wolf was speaking with the youth in the hallway, Justice kept looking at the young man and then decided to lay across his foot.  Ms. Wolf stopped the conversation and asked the young man if he saw what the dog did, and he replied, “Yeah, he’s lying on my foot.”  Ms. Wolf explained to him that Justice didn’t want to see him so upset and that he wasn’t pleased with his behavior. Ms. Wolf asked the youth if he would like to sit down and pet Justice.  Both the youth and Ms. Wolf sat down on the floor and the dog gave the youth some well-deserved kisses and snuggles.  A big smile came across the youth’s face and his anger subsided.  He had no further issues that day or any other day, as long as he is able to spend some time with Justice. 

         



Youth from the Bay RJDC received their SafeServ certifications last week thanks to the ongoing partnership with the Bay District School System and Gulf Coast State College (GCSC). On July 21-22, Bay welcomed Dr. Marjorie Moore from GCSC who taught the nine students enrolled in the class the basics of safe and proper food handling and preparation. Each of the nine kids passed the certification process and each received a certificate plus a wallet-sized card that they can take with them throughout the job application process. The SafeServ class gives these students the tools they need to show a valid level of competency within our food service and restaurant businesses.  The Bay RJDC would like to thank Dr. Moore for her willingness to work with our youth, and to Bay District School Board liaison Anne Martin for maintaining this wonderful partnership.



The Marion RJDC received a donation of 100 books from Girl Scouts Maya and Morgan Thomas from Troop 125 in Ocala. Both Maya and Morgan are working towards their Silver Award, which is the highest award a middle school-aged scout can receive. These sisters collected books throughout the school year and into the summer to reach their goal for this project. On behalf of the Department, I would like to thank them for their generous donation! 

Pictured from left to right: Robin Thomas-Troop Leader, Morgan Thomas, Maya Thomas and Superintendent Irma Terry. 


I am pleased to announce that Collette Antozzi has been named Chief of Policy and Planning for the Office of Detention Services. Collette has served our agency for twelve years as a detention officer and most recently as a Senior Management Analyst for the Central Region. Collette knows the key components of running a detention center as she has filled in as Acting Superintendent with the Pasco, Hillsborough, and Pinellas RJDC’s over the last three months. Collette holds a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice and is a Certified Public Manager.


Juvenile Justice Detention Officer Graduation

Congratulations to the newest DJJ detention officers (JDOs), who graduated Friday, July 31, 2015, in a ceremony at the Department of Juvenile Justice HQ, Alexander Building in Tallahassee.  JDOs supervise youth in state-operated detention centers as they await an appearance before the court or placement in a juvenile residential treatment facility. Thanks to Jeff Wenhold, director of detention services for the north region, for delivering the graduation address. Kudos to learning consultants Duane Pace and Barbara Campbell and Senior Program Specialist Artavia Parrish for training the officers for this position of critical responsibility. Each graduate successfully completed 240 hours of training to become a certified officer. The graduates will work at the Regional Juvenile Detention Center (RJDC) listed next to their names.

(Left to right) front row: Douglas Artiga–Alachua RJDC, Robson Jean -Philippe–Pinellas RJDC, Alexandria Johnson–Bay RJDC, Daniel Divens–Alachua RJDC, Tonzell Porterfield–Pinellas RJDC, Jacleda Ghent–St. Lucie RJDC, Rodneka Clerveau–Southwest Florida RJDC

Back row:  Timothy Shanahan–Pinellas RJDC, Steve Graham–St. Lucie RJDC, Antonio Edwards–Duval RJDC, Iretavious Manning –Marion RJDC, Bruce Nichols–Southwest Florida RJDC, Joshua Hardy, Sr.–Duval RJDC, Malcolm Terry –Duval RJDC


Prevention Update

Students from the Outward Bound FINS Program in Key Largo recently completed a service project at Island Dolphin Care. Island Dolphin Care is a non-profit organization that helps children and families deal with developmental and/or physical disabilities, emotional challenges, and critical, chronic or terminal illness through dolphin-assisted therapy. The Outward Bound FINS students and staff helped by cleaning up, raking, and re-mulching a garden area on the property. It was a successful service project all around. Every student was needed to get the job done and they worked very hard with positive and willing attitudes.

Upon completion of the project, the owner of Island Dolphin Care offered the students and instructors a grilled picnic lunch and the opportunity to swim with the dolphins at the facility. This was a very fun and rewarding project.


Each week, the PACE Center for Girls in Manatee County shop at the Corner Cottage. PACE girls earn daily “points” for positive behaviors and making good decisions. The points are then converted to “money” to be spent in their Corner Cottage Store.  The Corner Cottage is a labor of love in Manatee County.  Florida Power & Light recently spent a Day of Caring giving the store a total make over: new floor, paint and organizing all items.

Local community book clubs, churches and service groups hosted drives to collect shoes, school supplies, toiletries, stuffed animals and other items for the girls to buy.  Once a year, PACE’s Girl’s Night Out event supports the Cottage with money and items.  At Christmas, volunteers donate their time to help the girls shop and wrap gifts for their families.


Delinquency Prevention Specialist Pat McGhee volunteered to give out back packs and assist with face painting during the Battle of the DJ’s  and the Poster and Essay Contest designed to Prevent Crime in the Black Community on July 11 at the Frank Pierce Recreational Center in St. Petersburg.

Pat worked with The Successes Unlimited Women and Youth Business Centers to present the 1st Poster and Essay Contest and 1st Battle of the DJ’s to prevent crime in the black community. The Poster and Essay Contest was created to involve youth to develop solutions to reduce the crime in their community. The theme was “What Should Be Done To Prevent Crime in the Black Community?”

The essays were required to be at least 250 words. The age categories were from grades 6-8 and grades 9-12.  The prizes for each poster and essay per age category were the following for essays: 1st place $100; 2nd place $50 and 3rd place $25. The Battle of the DJ’s was a competition between teenagers to showcase their ability to spin music.  The judges were Maurice Sebastian, local DJ, Doc Guess from 1590, WRXB.  The prizes were 1st Place $200; 2nd Place $100 and 3rd place at $50. The event drew over 200 people for fun and excitement.

The Successes Unlimited Women and Youth Business Center’s sponsored the back packs and school suppliers, and prizes through private sponsors. The St. Petersburg Police Department provided food. The Tampa Bay Rays provided free tickets to all youth who participated.

In the above photo (from left to right): Pat McGhee, Dominique Patterson from Victory Church and St. Petersburg Police Officer Brandon Wells sort through book bags and other school supplies for youth.


Probation Update

Circuit 18 probationary youth from the Paxen Day Treatment Program earned valuable community service hours working with Centerpointe Church of Palm Bay for their annual Back to School event on July 25th.  The youth were some of the 450 volunteers, including Palm Bay's own Mayor Capote, who helped make this event possible. The Back to School event provided the community with 2500 backpacks, 300+ haircuts, school supplies, medical screenings, and more all free of charge. This event helps hundreds of families each year, who's children otherwise may not have the luxuries of a clean haircut and a nice new backpack at the start of the school year. Paxen's youth were given the opportunity to give back and serve the community. This is part of restoring harm and making amends for crimes they have committed in the past. To view more from this event, click here


I am pleased to announce the formation of the Girls Court in Circuit 13. This Girls Court, founded by Juvenile Circuit Judge Ralph Stoddard, will follow the same procedures as the Girls Court in both Pinellas and Duval counties that are already up and running. The Girls Court will occur monthly and will feature providers in the courtroom to link each of the girls with the services they provide before leaving the court. The initial session of the Girls Court was featured recently in the Tampa Bay Times. To view the article, click here


Twin Oaks Juvenile Development, Inc. in collaboration with the Florida Alliance of the Boys & Girls Club piloted the AmeriCorps Targeted Outreach Program during the 2014-2015 AmeriCorps program year. Twin Oaks’ Project Connect staff partnered with The Boys and Girls Clubs of NE Florida, Alachua County and Volusia/Flagler Counties to provide education and mentoring serves to at-risk and post-commitment probation youth in the areas the Boys and Girls Clubs operate in. The program recruited volunteers, formally known as AmeriCorps Members, from local communities to serve youth from all ends of the spectrum. AmeriCorps Members mentored Project Connect youth, identifying their individualized needs and addressing any obstacles he/she was faced with when returning home from a residential commitment facility. 

Pictured: Back row- Gail Goldberg, Jasmine Jones, Melissa Boyles, Carly Roberge, Tony Read. Front Row: Jade Massey, Jemima Francique, Diandra Jones, Clarinda Choice, Juanita Montgomery

In addition, Members served inside the Alachua County Boys & Girls Club and Volusia/Flagler County Boys & Girls Club addressing the individual needs of each youth participating in the Gang Prevention Through Targeted Outreach Program (GPTTO). Over the last ten months, the AmeriCorps Targeted Outreach Program Member’s we able to serve over 5,000 hours, mentoring over 300 youth.

This past weekend, the AmeriCorps Target Outreach Members traveled to Jacksonville, Florida for the End-of-the-Year Training hosted by Program Director Lauren Wright at The University of North Florida. During the training, members learned about life after AmeriCorps, participated in a disability inclusion training, and conducted a final service project. For the service project, the Members worked on stuffing animals, creating encouragement cards and filling bags with fun and educational books and games for the admitted children at the local Ronald McDonald House. 


CPO Adrienne Conwell, JPOS Melissa Fuller, SJPOs Karen Pickernell and Jeff Brouillard met with newly appointed West Pasco Delinquency Judge Phillipe Matthey on July 27th to discuss DJJ’s Roadmap to System Excellence, the Dispositional Matrix, and community intervention and diversion programs in Pasco County. In addition to sharing information, the goals of the meeting were to provide awareness and promote open communication in an effort to decrease the rates of juvenile crime and recidivism through intervention and prevention.


JPOS Jillian Lewandowski and JPOs Teresa Starrs and Heather LaVerne donated blood to the One Blood organization as its Big Red Bus made a stop at the Daytona Beach Regional Service Center on July 23. One Blood is currently accepting donations of all types including platelets which are critical for cancer patients. Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs a blood transfusion. Blood that is donated today will likely be transfused into a patient within two to three days. The turn-around is that fast, the need is constant.  I would like to thank these staff members for donating and making a difference in their community. 


JPO Tonya Emsweller would like to commend of her probationary youth for his outstanding achievement with his successful completion at the Florida Youth Challenge Academy on June 13. Youth JV initially came through our agency for several misdemeanor offenses. His mother took the initiative and placed him in the FYCA to get him back on track. In an effort to prove his doubters wrong, JV went above and beyond the program’s requirements and earned a total of $10,000 in scholarship money to be used for college. He is now enrolled at the Hillsborough Community College to pursue a degree in engineering, while holding down a full time job with a local lawn service. JV’s mother was very impressed with the tutelage he received at FYCA and thankful that her son has turned his life around. On behalf of our entire agency I would like to congratulate JV on a job well done and wish him well in his academic pursuits.


I am pleased to announce that Concheita Gillum has been named the Assistant Chief Probation Officer for Circuit 11. Concheita, who is a 30 year veteran of state government, has served as a unit supervisor with our Department.  She brings with her an excellent knowledge of community resources and services and she is strongly committed to providing quality services to the youth and families we serve. Please join me in congratulation ACPO Gillum on her new position!





















Seventeen of our probationary youth in Circuit 19 participated in the Youth Employment Success Solutions (YESS) program through CareerSource Research Coast. The program was designed to help youth understand the skills needed to keep and obtain a job and consists of a curriculum that covers employability skills and workplace training. The YESS program was funded through a grant from Wells Fargo Bank through a partnership with the Executive Roundtable of St. Lucie County.

These youth were given the opportunity to explore careers that are in demand and what education level, skills, and expectations they require. They also gained an understanding of key employability skills such as work ethics, communication, basic reading and math skills, basic computer knowledge, resume creation, memo writing and interviewing skills.  Our JPOs hand selected youth that would benefit from these type of skills and also provided additional oversight at each of the locations the program was offered.

Upon completion of the 40 hour training program, these youth were given a certificate of completion, a $250 gift card, a Wells Fargo Portfolio, a travel mug as well as a thumb drive from Career Source.


Program Accountability Update

Please join me in congratulating April Denney on her promotion to North Regional Monitoring and Quality Improvement Supervisor.  April will be responsible for overseeing all of our monitoring and quality improvement efforts in our North Region, which spans from Pensacola, east to Jacksonville, and south to Ocala, making it our largest geographical region.  April is a decorated officer in our United States Military, serving as a First Lieutenant in the Army National Guard Reserve, where she was directly responsible for approximately 150 soldiers in the Forward Support Distribution Platoon, and as a result, she is uniquely qualified to take on the challenge of managing our largest region.  In addition, I will be counting on April to work tirelessly to enhance morale, increase our monitoring presence in the North Region, and work with our providers to develop new and innovative approaches to change the perception of monitoring from a negative experience to a positive opportunity to improve service delivery to youth in our care.

Prior to accepting the role of North Regional Monitoring Supervisor, April has held many positions at the Department, including Juvenile Detention Officer, Juvenile Probation Officer, Operations Review Specialist, Inspector Specialist, and Regional Monitor.  She has a distinguished career in the area of social services including working as a Child Protective Investigator at the Department of Children and Families and she has also volunteered with the local Boys and Girls Club in the Pensacola area.

I am also pleased to announce Jennifer Bailey has joined the Bureau of Monitoring and Quality Improvement as the Supervisor of the Prioritization and Planning Team.  Jennifer will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Prioritization and Planning Team including, but not limited to, oversight of the Monitoring and Quality Improvement Standards, Work Papers, Surveys, Checklists and other monitoring instruments.  She will also coordinate the quarterly release of the Monitoring Prioritization Tool.  In addition, the Prioritization and Planning Team will continue to develop the annual compliance report schedule, provide a network of support to our regional monitors statewide, review and approve all annual compliance reports, maintain the Monitoring and Quality Improvement website, and continue to assist with the Standardized Program Evaluation Protocol (SPEP) project.

Prior to joining the Prioritization and Planning Team, Jennifer worked in the Office of Program Accountability and was instrumental in the recent release of the system enhancements to the Program Monitoring and Management System (PMM).  She has also worked on various projects including the Contract Tracking System (CTS), the SharePoint Re-Design Project, and various data requests from legislative staff and the Auditor General’s Office.  We look forward to maximizing the knowledge and expertise she brings to us in the areas of program management, contract management, systems analyses, and quality improvement. 


Office of Health Services Update 

Health Services staff Gayla Sumner, Elaine Atwood, and Joy Bennink held a webinar presentation for DJJ staff on July 20th  at headquarters in Tallahassee.  Participants included over 30 JPO’s and CPO’s primarily from circuits 2, 12, and 14, probation and residential services, contract administration, quality improvement, commitment managers, OHS, and headquarters staff.

The training provided an in-depth overview of upcoming fiscal year changes to the scope of services for Comprehensive Evaluations.  This includes the service limits and protocols required in each of the five domains for standard comprehensive evaluations, specialized evaluation add-ons, the referral process and timeframes.  Specialized evaluation add-ons are specific evaluations which are provided in addition to the standard comprehensive evaluation including psychological, psychiatric and psychosexual Evaluations.   

Future trainings and materials will be offered and available via Skillpro as the new scope of services branches out to other circuits over the next year.  Special thanks to Donna Gulley, Kevin Edwards, Michael Endicott, and Christopher Morris for assisting with GoToMeeting and technology setup. 

If you would like more information, please contact Dr. Gayla Sumner or Joy Bennink by clicking here.


Staff Development and Training Update

Spotlight on SD&T Staff: Kimi Johnson

Kimi Johnson is a purpose-driven woman—literally. She started out in SD&T as an OPS PowerPoint developer. Her original job was to take courses from the CORE online training system (the system used pre-SkillPro) and transfer them into a PowerPoint format. Within months, her supervisor discovered she had a talent for instructional design, and she was promoted to her current position as an online course developer. Now Kimi is in college pursuing a degree in Instructional Design.

Her path to state government work was not typical. Prior to coming to DJJ, Kimi was a professional hair stylist for more than 10 years. Kimi says, “I had never imagined doing anything of this sort. I hadn’t had any experience with Articulate (the software SD&T uses to create online courses)—I had never even heard of it before coming here—but once I started using it, it seemed to come naturally. I love it.”

But that is not the limit of Kimi’s skills, or vision. “My pastor came to me one day and said, ‘I don’t know why, but I am led to show you this,’ and he laid some magazines in front of me. I just cried.” Kimi had already felt a spiritual calling to start a magazine. It took her three years, but in April 2015 she published her first edition of Purpose Driven Woman online.  

Kimi writes on the magazine’s website, “This launch was the pathway to my purpose.” Juvenile justice professional, SD&T team member, instructional designer, college student, wife, mother, publisher—it’s clear that Kimi is in every way a purpose-driven woman.


Walk of Honor Brick Program

The Florida Veterans Foundation is spearheading a “Walk of Honor” Brick Promotion to recognize the 1.5 million veterans that live and work in the state of Florida. These bricks will not only honor those veterans who served our country, but the proceeds will go to assisting veterans and their families who are in need. Governor Scott, legislators, agency heads and veterans and their families who purchased bricks will be invited to a ceremony to present the bricks during the Veterans Day festivities at the State Capitol on November 11.

All the bricks up to the first 1,500 sold will be in the Medal Of Honor Node, which is the centerpiece between the State Capitol and the State Senate. In return for the sale of the bricks, the Florida Veterans Foundation will be able to provide much greater emergency financial relief support to veterans and its tax deductible to you. 

For more information on this great cause, including how you can purchase a brick, click here.
















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