July 13, 2012 – NAPLES, FLORIDA – The Naples Children and Education Foundation (NCEF), founders of the Naples Winter Wine Festival, has awarded Youth Haven a grant in the amount of $50,000 to diversify and enhance the skill set of their youth care staff. This grant will enable Youth Haven to partner with ABLE Academy and Applied Behavioral Learning Enterprises to create and implement a year-long staff development program to assist their youth care team in better meeting the behavioral and emotional needs of the children now being placed in their care.
“There has been a dramatic shift in the population of children placed in our residential emergency shelter from toddler and elementary-aged children to older adolescents with complex histories of severe trauma and greater emotional, behavioral and developmental needs,” said Jinx Liggett, Youth Haven’s Director of Programs. “Thanks to this generous gift from the Naples Children and Education Foundation, we will be able strengthen our team’s proficiencies, confidence, and knowledge on how best to care for these emotionally-challenged youth so as to give them the best possible chance for successful futures.”
In keeping with the changing needs of the community, Youth Haven recently expanded the age range of the children served in their emergency shelter and now accepts children up to age 16. Statistics show that there are 230 children in Collier County that are in the child welfare system each month. The older a child gets the more difficult it is to place them in a suitable home. “The Children’s Network of Southwest Florida is so pleased to see Youth Haven will be meeting the needs of our community by serving the most vulnerable and challenging population within the child welfare system, teens,” said Aimee McLaughlin, spokesperson for The Children’s Network of Southwest Florida. “These children deserve every opportunity to live in a loving and caring environment, such as the one Youth Haven provides each and every day to the children placed in their out-of-home care.”
About NCEF, founders of the Naples Winter Wine Festival
The Naples Winter Wine Festival has raised $107 million since 2001 and is the most successful charity wine event in the world. The festival and its founding organization, the Naples Children & Education Foundation, support charitable programs that improve the lives of underprivileged and at-risk children in Collier County.