Networks

 
Experiencing success in school lifts self-esteem, inspires academic commitment, and instills a positive view of school. This “experience of success” is the mission of the Roundtable’s Academic Success Network. We work with the community to promote higher graduation rates, increase proficiency in reading and math and keep our children in school until they graduate.
 
The Child & Adolescent Network objectives include children and adolescents maintain a healthy weight and families learn safety rules to prevent injury.  The Network believes that every St. Lucie County child deserves a healthy start, access to health care, the knowledge and skills to stay healthy, and a healthy life plan that reduces risky behavior.  The Injury Prevention Sub-Committee has applied to SafeKids International to establish a Coalition in the county. To reduce childhood obesity, the 5-2-1-0 Sub-Committee is developing ways to promote healthier eating habits for our pre-school and school age children.
 
 
Children deserve a chance to succeed. Because children from families with sufficient resources are freed from the stress and problems brought on by lack of finances, the Economic Sufficiency Network seeks to reduce the unemployment level and the number of children living in poverty, as well as improve the socioeconomic status of the community. Bridges Out of Poverty is an approach that helps employers, community organizations, social service agencies, and individuals address poverty in a comprehensive way. Participants learn ideas, structures, and concrete tools a community needs to prevent, alleviate, and reduce poverty. The goal of the program is to help employers and directors to improve job retention rates, build resources, improve outcomes, and support those who are moving out of poverty.
 
The Safe Neighborhoods Network seeks to help children make good choices in life, such as staying in school, not committing crimes, and delaying sexual activity. Our goal is to support the development of well-adjusted children who, in turn, become well-adjusted adults. In 2014 the network took the lead in implementing the Restoring The Village Youth Initiative, an anti-violence strategy for reaching St. Lucie County youth who are involved in, or at risk of becoming involved in, street violence. Safe Neighborhoods and its community mobilization subcommittee, the Lincoln Park Advisory Committee (LPAC), are continuing the community wide assessment of gangs and street violence in Fort Pierce.
 
The Substance Abuse Prevention Network focuses on preventing underage drinking and substance abuse through education, awareness, community-wide initiatives and changing social norms. The Community Coalition Alliance of Southeast Florida recently awarded additional grant funds to the Substance Abuse Network which will be used to promote three promising campaigns: “Friday Night Done Right: No Alcohol, No Dope…Just Hope!”, “Parents Who Host Lose the Most”, and “Know the Law: A Guide for Youth and Parents."
 
The Youth Leadership Council is a chance for area teens to have a voice in St. Lucie County. The program, held at IRSC, is designed to give students an opportunity to earn college credits while learning about various aspects of our community. It includes career options, leadership roles, governmental and law enforcement operations, environmental issues, and how to be heard by elected officials when dealing with important issues.

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