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Focus on Flagler Sets Golf Fund-Raiser at Pine Lakes, for New Youth-Resilience Program

| October 11, 2013

Tee time for Focus on Flagler. (© FlaglerLive)

Tee time for Focus on Flagler. (© FlaglerLive)

Creating Lasting Family Connections is 25-year-old program first developed by the Louisville, Ky.-based Council on Prevention and Education: Substances, Inc. and since adopted by state and local agencies across the country—including Florida’s Department of Juvenile Justice.

It’s a 12 to 20-week program, meeting once a week for two and a half hours, that essentially gives youths 14 to 17 the means to develop resiliency and communication skills to handle innumerable risky situations—from the temptation of drugs and alcohol to conflicts with family and friends to bullying or intimidation.

Focus on Flagler, the non-profit organization, has just landed a $25,000 grant to bring Creating Lasting Family Connections to the county, and offer it to 15 candidates at its headquarters–the People Helping People building at 206 South Chapel Street in Bunnell, which is the annex to the old Memorial hospital.

“We thought it’d be nice to bring it to Flagler,” says Marian Irvin, who chairs the Focus on Flagler board.

The Flagler County Youth Center's Cheryl Massaro, who is organizing the golf tournament, hugs Marian Irvin, who chairs the Fosuc on Flagler board of directors. They were at an August meeting of the County Commission, where Massaro handed over the Pass It On Award to Irvin. The award recognizes individuals  for their community service. Click on the image for larger view. (© FlaglerLive)

The Flagler County Youth Center’s Cheryl Massaro, who is organizing the golf tournament, hugs Marian Irvin, who chairs the Fosuc on Flagler board of directors. They were at an August meeting of the County Commission, where Massaro handed over the Pass It On Award to Irvin. The award recognizes individuals for their community service. Click on the image for larger view. (© FlaglerLive)

The grant was provided through the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice. But it’s a cost-reimbursement grant. That means Focus on Flagler must first hire its grant staff, put the program in practice, then file for reimbursement. For a small organization, that can create cash-flow issues. That’s why Focus on Flagler is organizing a fund-raiser to help that flow.

It’s the Focus On Flagler Families Golf Tournament, scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 2, at the Pine Lakes Golf Club. The four-person scramble will have its shotgun start at 8:30 that morning. The entry fee is $65 per golfer or $250 per foursome. A golf cart, awards and lunch will all be provided as part of the package. The entry deadline is Oct. 25. (See and download the entry form below.)
Focus on Flagler intends to make this an annual event.

“Today, with young people having so many different issues, particularly peer pressure, bullying, not being able to speak with their families,” Irvin said, “it always helps to give them opportunity to have someone else intercede for them or have someone else they can talk to. I’m not saying the schools aren’t doing what they can, but the schools can’t be expected to do everything.”


Focus on Flagler has already hired a case worker, a youth facilitator, a parent facilitator and a program director for the Creating Lasting Family Connections program, but it’s been having a harder time getting the word out to find students to enroll. Students will be referred to the program through the school district, but can also join on their own by calling Focus on Flagler at 386/313-1958. Leave a message if no one answers the phone directly.

“Once people really hear about it, more people will be likely to request the services,” Irvin said.

Students and their parents must make a commitment to be part of the program. For students, it’s 12 weeks. For their parents, it’s five weeks. The program includes family dinners provided by Focus on Flagler.

The original Creating Lasting Family Connections program was created for children 9 to 17 and their parents, guardians, and other family members “to improve their ability to provide a nurturing environment for each other in a very effective and meaningful way,” according to the Council on Prevention and Education. “Participating youth and adults are encouraged to improve their personal growth through increasing self-awareness, expression of feelings, interpersonal communication, and self-disclosure. Participants are taught social skills, refusal skills, and appropriate knowledge and healthy beliefs about alcohol and drugs, which provide a strong defense against environmental risk factors that can lead to negative outcomes for youth.”

Focus on Flagler Golf Fund-Raiser: Download the Application

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3 Responses for “Focus on Flagler Sets Golf Fund-Raiser at Pine Lakes, for New Youth-Resilience Program”

  1. rhweir says:

    Speaking of golf, the Grand Club is in the process of selling the Matanzas Course so it can be chopped up into residential lots. Just what we need, more houses in the housing glut capital of America.
    http://www.gotoby.com/news/matanzas_woods_golf_course_has_buyer.htm

  2. The Grand Club - Pine Lakes says:

    We, at The Grand Club, could not be more proud to be the host golf course for this worthwhile event. We are always happy to support charitable organizations in the coordination of Golf Tournaments and this being local is a bonus for us. If anyone has any questions about this event or would like information on holding a Tournament at either of the Grand Clubs two Courses; Pine Lakes or Cypress Knoll, please contact Michael Tsouklaris at (386) 437-5807.

  3. Tired says:

    Ms Marian is THE BOMB! She has been helping the youth in our community in so many ways for such a long time. She’s tough, but she’s always looking at what is best for the kids and how she can help them become responsible, upstanding young adults. Thank you Ms. Marian for ALL that you do for the youth of Flagler County!

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