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Grant Awarded to Duval Halfway House for Building Construction Technology Program

August 23, 2012

Duval County Public Schools has been awarded grant funds in the amount of $34,935 from the Florida Department of Education to design and implement a Building Construction Technology (BCT) Program of Study for youth committed to the juvenile justice system at Duval Halfway House, a Department of Juvenile Justice facility.

Educational and vocational services are provided by Duval County Public Schools in this low-to-moderate residential treatment program which houses boys who are 14 to 18 years old. The BCT program will more fully develop the academic, career and technical skills of secondary students that may lead to an industry certification.

In addition, the program will include career planning, social and employability skills, life skills, "hands-on" instruction and technical training. The goals of this program will be to reduce recidivism, increase public safety, and prepare the youth to continue their education and/or employment and successfully transition to their community as contributing citizens.  

SOURCE: Duval County Public Schools

Falkenburg Academy Works with Faith-based Partners and Local Stakeholders to Ensure "Youth Success Day" is Tangible and Long Term

April 5, 2011

Falkenburg Pavillion

On Saturday, April 2, the Falkenburg Academy, located in Tampa, and its partners dedicated the facility's new Pavilion in recognition of Youth Success Day. Attending the celebration were Major Davis of the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Department, numerous DJJ personnel and various community stakeholders.

Give 'Em Heaven Ministries, Zimmer Construction, the Local Iron Workers, and staff and residents of the Falkenburg Academy worked together to build a new state-of-the-art outdoor Pavilion on the facility's grounds. More than $100,000 in materials, labor and equipment were donated to excavate and erect the structure. The Pavilion will provide a covered recreation area for the youth residing at Falkenburg Academy and will facilitate faith-based services under one roof.  Falkenburg Academy’s Superintendent Vernon Pryer, Jr., and Special Projects Supervisor Gloria Kellon spearheaded the effort to include the local st

akeholders who play an integral and vital role in the lives of the youth we collectively serve.  

It took all of the partners about a month from start to finish to take an empty, shadeless basketball court and turn it into a Roofed Chapel Pavilion.  The roof, with its 10 foundations, can withstand a Category 3 hurricane (125 mph winds) and accommodate more than 300 seated people.  Community partners will host worship services under the Pavillion every Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m., with the residents and staff of Falkenburg Academy invited to attend.

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