First Lady Casey DeSantis and the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice Announce $1 Million Investment to Expand Mentoring Services for Florida’s Youth
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. ~ Today, First Lady Casey DeSantis and the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) announced an additional $1 million investment to enhance and expand mentoring services for Florida's youth. This investment builds upon the $12.8 million in mentorship funding at the Department of Children and Families as well as the expansion of First Lady Casey DeSantis' Hope Florida initiative to the Statewide Guardian ad Litem Office.

"Investing in mentorship is an investment in Florida's future and one that will empower and strengthen the next generation," said First Lady Casey DeSantis. "Mentoring isn't just about providing guidance to young people; it's about unlocking their unique potential and helping them build skills and resilience that will shape them as our emerging leaders in Florida and our country."

Department of Juvenile Justice Secretary Eric Hall expressed his gratitude for First Lady Casey DeSantis' leadership in expanding mentorship opportunities for Florida's youth. "As we embark on our mission to ensure a stronger, safer Florida, we recognize the transformative impact mentors have on young lives," he said. "Mentors help instill confidence and a sense of purpose in youth, giving them hope and paving the way for a brighter, more promising tomorrow."

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The One Mentor, One Child initiative was launched last year with the goal of building a statewide mentoring network to serve Florida's youth in their local communities. This targeted investment will allow more youth to be matched with dedicated mentors who can serve as positive role models in their lives. The additional funding will enhance and expand mentoring services among seven organizations that DJJ has partnered with through the One Mentor, One Child initiative: Big Brothers Big Sisters Association of Florida, MaliVai Washington Youth Foundation in Duval County, Marion County Children's Alliance, Unity Family Community Center in Levy County, Girls of Transformation Mentoring Program in Miami-Dade County, Character GPS in Hillsborough County, and the Center 4 Change in St. Lucie County.

The importance of providing mentors for young people is clear: they help build confidence and resilience while providing guidance on how to become successful leaders within their communities. With this additional funding from First Lady Casey DeSantis and DJJ, more youth across Florida will have access to these life-changing opportunities.

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