The Roundtable consists of four (4) Initiatives that concentrate on the following key areas: Academic Success (Kids at Hope and Youth Leadership St. Lucie), Safe Neighborhoods (IGNITE Youth Alliance), and Substance Abuse Prevention (Drug Free St. Lucie). The singular focus of each initiative allows it to develop a strategic plan of action around its specific risk factors through education, system and policy change, and comprehensive environmental strategies.
KIDS AT HOPE
Kids at Hope is an evidence-based strategic cultural framework designed to engage the entire community in supporting the success of all children without exception. Community members are trained to be intentional about believing in, supporting, and connecting with youth and teens in meaningful and sustainable ways. Through the ongoing introduction and reinforcement of Kids at Hope principles and practices with caring adults, St Lucie County fosters a community culture in which all children can succeed.
YOUTH LEADERSHIP OF ST. LUCIE
Youth Leadership St. Lucie (YLSL) is comprised of a diverse group of high school students representing a broad spectrum of schools throughout St. Lucie County. YLSL members have a genuine interest in personal growth and a desire to be a catalyst for change in their community. Operating under the premise of “youth-led, adult-guided”, YLSL provides teens a forum in which to discuss and creatively address issues they have identified in the community.
DRUG FREE ST. LUCIE
Drug Free St. Lucie (DFSL) recognizes that local problems need local solutions, as a Drug Free Communities-funded coalition, Drug Free St. Lucie engages multiple sectors of the community and employs a variety of environmental strategies to address local drug problems. Our Drug Free St. Lucie Coalition is comprised of community leaders, parents, youth, the school district, religious organizations, health care and business professionals, and law enforcement. By involving the community, DFSL also helps those youth at risk for substance use recognize that the majority of our nation’s youth choose not to use drugs.”
IGNITE YOUTH ALLIANCE
IGNITE Youth Alliance is a mentoring program administered by the Roundtable of St. Lucie County in partnership with more than 30 other community partner agencies, providing services and opportunities for youth involved in or at high risk for being involved in gangs, high-risk street activities and community violence. Our strategies include intervention, prevention, and suppression activities to address violence in St. Lucie County.