Saturday, April 19th, 2014

Teen Mentoring Program Gives Back…

to Homeless Citizens of Downtown Tampa

Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Service’s (gcjfcs.org) Woman to Woman (W2W) Program will be holding their annual “Pay it Forward Workshop” on Saturday, December 10th 2011 from 11:30am-1:00pm at Herman Massey Park, 1010 N. Franklin Street in Downtown Tampa.

This event provides an opportunity for teen participants of the W2W program to give back to their community. Teen participants will hit the streets with their mentors giving out wrapped gifts, blankets and knitted hats to the homeless citizens of Downtown Tampa. A moment of gratitude and self expression will conclude the service event.

Last year the W2W community gave out 35 wrapped gifts, 30 blankets, 20 towels and 25 knitted hats. Each wrapped gift came with a personalized hand written card from the teen participant and her mentor.

Funded by Children’s Board of Hillsborough County, W2W Program has been providing one-on-one mentoring and case management services to pregnant teens and teen mothers in Hillsborough County since 2004. Primary goals of the program are to prevent High School dropout and subsequent pregnancies among the teen participants. Program goals also include engaging teen mothers in a process of life improvement that will demonstrate stable family functioning and achieving healthy birth outcomes.

For more information phone Iris Grimsley at (813) 558-1370 Ext 306

“Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services provides essential human services annually to more than 30,000 clients, in over 32 Florida counties. Individuals and families are served in times of need regardless of age, faith, culture, or lifestyle.”