2015 Child ProtectionSummit - HANDY LIFEProgram Broward County

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HistoryA nod to our past: 1985 Founded by Guardian ad Litem Ed Pudaloff and a small group ofdedicated child advocates, HANDY began with a donation of 1,000from JC Penney Foundation. Shared space with the Guardian ad LitemProgram at the Broward County Courthouse. 1997 Moved from the County Courthouse to a 3,200 square footleased facility in downtown Fort Lauderdale. 2000 Expanded services/programs to include not only children infoster care, but those placed with relative and non-relative caregivers. 2002 Inaugurated LIFE Program (Life skills, Independent living,Foundation building, and Education/Employment) a first of its kindinitiative serving youth who do not qualify for foster care independentliving programs.

History Continued 2006 “D” in HANDY changed from “Dependent” to “Disadvantaged,” in aeffort to better reflect our mission. 2008 Purchased a 5,100 square foot facility thanks to a 2 million grantfrom the Lillian S. Wells Foundation. 2010 Began serving displaced Haitian youth living with relatives who wereimpacted by the tragic earthquake. 2011 Incorporated the Broward College STARS Academy tutoring initiativeinto the HANDY's LIFE Program. 2012 Named Scholarship America’s affiliate of the year for our educationalcase management and scholars program. 2014 Received Collective Impact for Youth Award at the Non-ProfitAcademy Awards. 2015 HANDY CEO Evan Goldman named Non-Profit Staff Leader of the Yearat the Non-Profit Academy Awards. Our Future is NOW!!!

Mission StatementHANDY’s mission is to EMBRACE,EDUCATE and EMPOWER vulnerableyouth to become engaged, productiveadults.

How We Make It Happen Embrace Youth Development Life Skills Social/RecreationalDevelopmentEducateEmpower Tutoring Post Secondary Education Scholarships Economic Self-Sufficiency Employability Skills Independent Living

EmbraceProgramming for youth ages nine-25include: Dedicated LIFE Coaches foreach and every youth. Emergency assistance for food,clothing, housing,transportation and healthcare. Life skills instruction &mentors. Exposure to music, art, danceand fitness. Back to school shopping andholiday gifts. Referrals to communityresources.

EducateHANDY provides tutoring and educational activities including: Prevention education - drop out, pregnancy, substance abuse,anti-bullying, juvenile crime Tutoring from certified teachers and peers. Liaison with BRACE advisors and Guidance Counselors atindividual schools to ensure that youth are on track forgraduation. Annual college tours. Teaching LIFE Skills at 10 Broward High Schools/ICON

Educate The HANDY Scholars Program provides youth with post-secondaryeducation, financial and personal support and includes: Case management throughout youth’s post-secondary education. HANDY initiated college tuition waivers. Information on attending technical schools/certificate programs. Scholarships for books/supplies/living stipends.

EmpowerActivities that promote self-sufficiency include: Job shadowing and mentoring. Service learning projects/paid internships/job placements. Training and support includes resume writing, interview techniques,dressing for success and more. Extended Transitional Independent Living (TIL) support includesacademic, career and housing assistance. Advocacy at the local, state and national levels.

The LIFE ProgramHANDY programs provide youth with safety and wellbeing, education,social and recreational activities and advocates to give these children avoice and are individualized to meet their needs without restrictivecriteria by which other service providers may be bound.

Who Makes It Happen

Our Dedicated StaffDid you know? Low staff turnover – The average HANDY staff memberhas been with the organization four years. All life coaches are experienced social workers. The average staff member works over 40 hours aweek voluntarily! We employ program alumni and current HANDYparticipants. Our staff – program and administration – serve asMom’s, Dad’s, Aunts and Uncles to our youth. Several staff members have been at HANDY since theinception of the LIFE Program. We are a multi-lingual, diverse staff of professionals. We have two satellite offices located in LauderdaleLakes and Pompano Beach. We celebrate birthdays and anniversaries!

But most importantly we are aFAMILY!

Like most families we supporteach other

But most of all our YOUTH!

Our StaffEvan J. Goldman, Esq., Chief Executive OfficerChristine Bernard, Chief Program OfficerMaxine Brown-Webster, Director of Finance & OperationsBeth Bryant, Director of DevelopmentNoelia Cabrera, Director of Business OperationsDeborah Ginsberg, Director of EducationCara Malave, Director of Program OperationsPhyllis Tinker, Executive CoordinatorNardege Laforest, Supervisor of ProgramsMonique Ismael, Programs Compliance ManagerRichard Charlemon, Sr. Life Coach/Community OutreachSpecialistMarjory St. Elien, Programs Administrative AssistantSite CoordinatorsCynthia GilmoreKarlie RichardsonPeer StaffQuaiytimah AltidorLamont DennisShoshana EdwardsJonisha FelderChristopher VaughnAlexis YoungCase ManagersAndrew JacasCynthia SewellSheri SmithLife CoachesYushika FlorenceTaryn HoweSabine JeanWilliette Sejour-ThelismonTerran VandiverProgram FacilitatorsBrice CallinsKris IshmaelJanine JonesFelicia Ray

We can’t do itwithout YOU!!!

History Continued 2006 “D” in HANDY changed from “Dependent” to “Disadvantaged,” in a effort to better reflect our mission. 2008 Purchased a 5,100 square foot facility thanks to a 2 million grant from the Lillian S. Wells Foundation. 2010 Began serving displaced Haitian youth living w