Youth Haven President of the Board Honored at Governor’s Mansion

Collier County Sheriff’s Office Chief Stephanie Spell, President of Youth Haven’s Board of Directors, was recently one of 20 honorees at a dinner hosted by Florida’s First Lady Ann Scott. The dinner honored community leaders in child advocacy and was held at the Governor’s Mansion in Tallahassee. Chief Spell shared the Youth Haven mission and successes with child advocacy colleagues from across the state and had opportunity to publicly thank, on behalf of the board and staff of Youth Haven, Governor and First Lady Scott for their dedication and support of Florida’s children and families.

Youth Haven’s Executive Director, Jinx Liggett, states “Support from the Collier County Sheriff’s Office, and from the State of Florida, is imperative in the work we do. The partnerships help create a safety net of support for the children and teens who reach out to Youth Haven as a lifeline of hope. As we continue to grow to meet the needs of abused and abandoned children and teens in Collier County, we are proud to have the support of our community partners, agencies and donors.”

On Friday, April 6th, 2018 Youth Haven opened its newest residential cottage, “Rob’s Cottage”, which will house and provide services for homeless youth in the Homeless Teen and Transitional Living Program (HTTLP). HTTLP provides intensive case management with a strengths-based approach that meets the individual needs of the youth and encourages them to set and pursue their own goals. With a positive youth development perspective, young people are encouraged to have a voice and participate in community living. The focus is on empowering youth so that they can develop to their full potential.

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