Happy Anniversary Everyone!
This thing we do didn’t happen overnight you know.
Just like the fingerprint of the Magna Carta will forever be on our Constitution, the 1984 Report from the Statewide Task Force on Runaway and Troubled Youth predates the CINS/FINS Statute 984.
If you take the time to read the report, embedded here, you will see our adherence to the original vision is remarkably loyal.
Someone other than me will have to verify the origin story of the yellow school bus and the trip to Washington D.C., but I can say with great confidence that a small, formidable crew of Florida agency leaders and champions realized they were stronger together than they were as independent organizations. They formed an entity that allowed each organization their autonomy, but united them in thought, cause, and action. They called it the Florida Network of Youth and Family Services. They shared training, technical assistance, political advocacy efforts, and spoke for Florida families with one voice, for one purpose- To help youth and families survive crisis and thrive beyond it.
Now, I can tell you, the reach of that vision, is felt throughout Florida, and far beyond. When it comes to the fate of young people often-called “status offenders” Florida is the leader.
Enjoy these photos from the archive and meet us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram to hear more about who these folks are , past and present.
Save the 1984 Report for a time when you are having doubts, or wondering if your contribution makes a difference.
I am certain it does to these authors, and to everyone since who has committed their life to keeping our services available around the clock, and counselors ready to listen.
It matters to the first youth who walked in a shelter door in Florida, and it will matter to the one on their way right now.
To all of our past pioneers and champions, we hope we are making you proud, and that you see yourself in the modern Florida Network.
To everyone who carries the torch today, keep fulfilling the promise. Thank you!
Crosswinds Youth Services, 1970s, making a strong case for staff uniforms.
The modern Crosswinds crew (and a few friends from Sarasota) looking far more professional these days.
This photo from YCC could be an impromptu staffing in progress in any program today. The focus, the collegiality, it really moves me.
Current Board Chair Carl Weinrich, Governor Chiles, Jane Harper- past CEO Family Resources, and past FL Network Executive Director, Richard Nedelkof
A familiar crew of Network leaders and staff
Governor Martinez and First Lady Mary Jane Martinez, an early champion and hall of fame supporter.
The original Arnette House opens.
Past FL Network Executive Director, Chris Card, Governor Lawton Chiles, and First Lady Rhea Chiles.
Christy Daly-Brodeur, Rep. Bill Bankhead, current CEO Stacy Gromatski,and past CEO the legendary Dee Richter.
Past Florida Network Executive Director, William “Bill” Bentley, and past FL Network Board member, Amy Young.
Pictured with Governors Scott, Martinez, AG Bondi, and DJJ Secretary Wansley Walters.
Obvious troublemakers- the good kind.
Executive Advisory Roundtable Retreat Challenge Winners
One Roof Y’all.