Working Together For Our Children's Future

We envision a community where county leaders, businesses and residents are united to provide all children of St. Lucie County the resources they need to thrive, be successful and achieve their full potential. 
To sustain a team of county and business leaders who mobilize resources to improve the education, health, safety, nutrition and care of all children in St. Lucie County.
The Roundtable of St. Lucie County, a 501(c)(3) organization, is a group of St. Lucie County leaders who work together to accomplish system change that results in improved outcomes for youth throughout St. Lucie County. The Roundtable does not focus on “quick fixes.”  Instead, it identifies and implements research-based, comprehensive solutions to achieve and sustain long-term success for St. Lucie County youth.   
The board was created in 1995 by five Chief Executive Officers from the Fort Pierce Police Department, Department of Juvenile Justice, Department of Children & Families, the Children’s Services Council, and the City of Port St. Lucie. Their goal was to develop a comprehensive plan to better the lives of children in St. Lucie County. Since 1995, the board has grown to include chief or executive level officers from more than 25 community organizations. 
In 1999, the Roundtable of St. Lucie County was one of six sites in the State of Florida  to secure a grant from the national Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP).  Under the grant, the Roundtable conducted a county wide assessment of data relating to St. Lucie County’s children, and developed a comprehensive plan called St. Lucie Hand in Hand to reduce risk factors and problem behaviors facing St. Lucie County youth.  The comprehensive St. Lucie Hand in Hand plan is centered on a “risk-focused” prevention model, supported by 30 years of adolescent problem behavior research by Dr. David Hawkins and Dr. Richard Catalano. For the past fifteen years, St. Lucie Hand in Hand has served as the foundation for all of the Roundtable’s activities and, working together, Roundtable partners have achieved significant success: 
  • Teen pregnancies decreased 11.6%;
  • Delinquency decreased 41%;
  • Underage drinking in middle and high school decreased 24%;
  • School expulsions decreased 88%;
  • Out of school suspensions decreased 53%;
  • Unexcused absences decreased 11% in elementary, 22% in middle school and 4% in high school; and
  • Misdemeanor assault and battery decreased 18%.
Today’s Roundtable consists of five (5) Networks (or Subcommittees) that concentrate on the following key areas: Academic Success, Delinquency Prevention, Economic Sufficiency, Substance Abuse Prevention, and Teen Health.  The singular focus of each network allows it to develop a strategic plan of action around its specific risk factors through education, system and policy change, and comprehensive environmental strategies.