This is it – the 18th annual Spotlight on Youth teen talent show is this Sunday at 2 pm at the Fine Arts Hall at Santa Fe College, NW Campus. Please arrive at least thirty minutes early to purchase your tickets at the box office. We have a fantastic show lined up so bring your friends and family!
CDS Family & Behavioral Health Services is participating in the Amazing Give Fundraiser. Please make a donation via this link to support CDS. https://theamazinggive.razoo.com/us/story/Corner-Drugstore-Of-Gainesville-Fl
By donating at this time – now through 5:59 pm May 3rd, 2016 – CDS will be eligible to earn extra funds as incentives from razoo. THANK YOU for your support!!
One of the reasons that CDS can successfully “Strengthen Communities by Building Strong Families” is because CDS partners with many others. Alachua County has many resources available to those with children age 0-24. The powerpoint organizes the agencies by age of those served. The excel listing is in alphabetical order. CDS takes no responsibility for errors as information changes every day. If you find an error, or would like to suggest an addition, please email firstname.lastname@example.org so she can make the corrections. The following were updated in January 2016.
CDS Family & Behavioral Health Services received grants from three Darden restaurants in Lake City! These funds are designated to help youth aging out of foster care with tools or supplies they need to attend higher education and/or obtain employment. Thank you RED LOBSTER, OLIVE GARDEN, and LONGHORN STEAKHOUSE, all located on US HWY 90 in Lake City for choosing CDS as the recipient of your donations. To read the full press release, click here.
11-19-13 PFLAG* of Gainesville members collected items to donate to the CDS Interface Youth Shelter during their November meeting. For the whole story and photo, please click here.
If your group is interested in supporting CDS Interface Youth Shelters by organizing a collection of necessary items, please use this wish list. THANKS!!
CDS is working with PFLAG (Parents, Family, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) to address the over representation of youth on the streets who identify themselves as LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, questioning). Some studies show that up to 40% of homeless youth are LGBTQ! CDS participated in the Summer Summit that focused on LGBTQ homelessness held on Saturday, August 17, at UF and is exploring ways in which CDS/Interface Youth Shelters can help this population stay safe – either through staying at the shelter and/or by helping to resolve conflicts/unacceptance issues at home. Click to see the Gainesville Sun article published on Sunday, 8/18/13.
The Red Lobster restaurants in Lake City and Gainesville chose CDS Independent Living to support through their Darden Community Grants this year. Funds will assist youth aging out of the foster care system so they can go onto higher education and find worthwhile employment. Click to read the whole story.
CDS has a monthly column in North Florida School Days. This magazine goes home with all students in Alachua County public schools and is available free of charge in many offices. Here are some of the articles that were published.
June 2015 “Freedom Celebrations” – Most Americans know about Independence Day on the 4th of July but there is another freedom celebration “Juneteenth” that is becoming more popular locally with programs offered at the Resource Centers
May 2015 “Summertime” – Exploring strategies for childcare in the summer with emphasis on needs for low-income or single parents
April 2015 “Spotlight on Youth” – All about the history of CDS signature event/teen talent show Spotlight on Youth
March 2015 “Helping Girls in Africa” – Interview with Keeper of the Dream scholarship award winner, Joni Perkins, talks about the injustice of girls in Africa losing out on educational opportunities due to lack of sanitary supplies and what her Girl Scout troop is doing about it
February 2015 “Freedom of Speech” – Teach your children that the true freedom of speech is to make sure what you say is true, beneficial, and kind
January 2015 “Engaging Cooperation” – Helpful tips for parents to reduce conflict and increase the cooperative spirit in their families
November 2014 “Beyond Acceptance – Embracing What Is” – Parents may fantasize about what their children will be like but must eventually learn to accept – and embrace – what actually is
October 2014 “The Boogie Man is Real” – About modern day “boogie men” who are luring children into sexual activities and making them into human trafficking victims
September 2014 “Youth PROMISE Act and Summer Heatwave” – Locally developed program to help at-risk youth is a good example of the types of programs that could be funded by Youth PROMISE Act if it is passed
June 2014 “Summer Camps – More than Fun” – Some of life’s best learning is done over the summer at camp
May 2014 “Take 25” – The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children urges all parents to “take 25 minutes” to talk to their children and teens about safety
April 2014 “Smart911” – How to receive better help through the 9-1-1 system by registering critical information before you or your family members need help
February 2014 “Show Your Love” – Valentine theme – make a date with your child
January 2014 “Depression or Winter Blues” – Some information about depression in children and youth
November 2013 “Resources for Your Family” – An overview of services offered by CDS
October 2013 “Embracing the Second Choice” – Positive ways to cope with life’s disappointments
September 2013 “Teaching Tolerance, Embracing Diversity” – About the importance of teaching our children to treat everyone with respect, in spite of apparent differences.
May & June 2013 “Not My Child” – An interview with local author Anna Azabi about her struggles with her son and his addictions as described in her book, A Mother’s Challenge for Life – Volume 1. Includes advice for parents.
April 2013 “Child Abuse Prevention” – Information about local resource centers that are helping to reduce the need for children to enter into the foster care system. This is being done by helping the parents.
March 2013 “Spotlight on Youth” – An interview with high school student Sita Selvester who has been watching Spotlight on Youth each year. This year she will be old enough to perform – as both a dancer and master of ceremonies.
February 2013 “Toy Guys & The Miniature Motorcycle” – An article all parents of pre-school age children will appreciate – a true story about readying my son for an outing when he was 3 1/2 years old – with an added perspective 20 years later.
January 2013 “The Three Point Plan” – Based on personal experience with a couple of young foster children who needed a plan to get along with people in the world, this article can help parents teach their children better social skills.