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Broward Youth Get School Supplies and Community Encouragement

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Tallahassee, Fla. -- Local members of the faith community, civic organizations, businesses, law enforcement and the courts shared information and offered encouragement today to local juvenile probationers to prepare them for a successful school year.

The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) partnered with numerous community-based groups to present the second annual Back to School Extravaganza today at Harris Chapel Life Enrichment Center. Broward Work Shop, OIC of Broward County and United Way of Broward County chipped in to pay for free school supplies and joined other groups in providing useful information to approximately 150 youth at the invitation-only event.

"I hope this event demonstrates to our probation youth that all the people in our community, including the officials they encounter in the juvenile justice system, want to help them get on the right track," said DJJ Chief Probation Officer Vanessa Hargray. "Everybody makes mistakes, and each of these kids has the potential to learn from them and become the next generation of leadership here in Broward County."

Circuit Judges Merrilee Ehrlich and Elijah Williams, County Judge Arlene Backman, Fort Lauderdale Police Major Gregory Salters and state Rep. Perry E. Thurston, Jr. addressed the participants. Four 20-minute informational sessions were offered on the following topics: personal safety and human trafficking, led by Broward Human Trafficking Coalition; sealing and expunging of juvenile records by Legal Aid; safe health by the Florida Department of Health Teen Center; and choices and decision making by the School Board of Broward County Family Counseling Center. The event’s keynote speaker was Dr. Rosalind Osgood of New Mount Olive Baptist Church.

Broward students return to school on Monday, August 22.

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