Gulf Coast Kid’s House and Junior Achievement of NW Florida
GULF COAST KID’S HOUSE
Helping Families in Pensacola and Escambia County
Gulf Coast Kid’s House is a children’s advocacy center serving Escambia County. As a children’s advocacy center, we combine all of the professionals and resources needed for the intervention, investigation and prosecution of child abuse cases under one child-friendly facility. Child victims and their families also receive mental health counseling at our center. The goal of Gulf Coast Kid’s House is to form a more collaborative response to child abuse cases so that we can improve case outcomes and minimize trauma to the children and families we serve.
The vision of Gulf Coast Kid’s House is to provide a place where child protective services, law enforcement, prosecution, medical and mental health professionals’ work together under one roof to provide comprehensive services.
Facilitate the investigation, prosecution, and treatment of child abuse and neglect and promote child abuse prevention awareness through community education.
- Provide a child-friendly facility to serve abused children and their families in a neutral environment.
- Minimize trauma to child abuse victims by streamlining the intervention process.
- Develop formal, comprehensive, multi-disciplinary responses to child abuse, which will meet the needs of both child victims and their families.
- Educate the community of child abuse issues and enlisting support to help prevent child abuse.
of Northwest Florida
Junior Achievement of Northwest Florida partners with business people who volunteer their time in our local schools. Using a nationally-developed curriculum and hands-on experience, they help young people understand the economics of life. Junior Achievement programs help prepare young people for the real world by showing them how to generate wealth and effectively manage it, how to create jobs which make their communities more robust, and how to apply entrepreneurial thinking to the workplace. Students put these lessons into action and learn the value of contributing to their communities.
Independent studies show that Junior Achievement works. Students who participate in JA programs for five consecutive years demonstrate significantly more critical thinking and job interviewing skills. Even one exposure to a JA program gives a student a greater comprehension of economics and business. JA students score higher on objective-referenced tests, are more likely to attend college and have a more positive self-concept and higher self-esteem.
For more information, visit: www.ja.org.
Junior Achievement reached more than 5,000 students in Escambia, Santa Rosa, Bay Counties in the 2015-2016 school year. More than 250 volunteers taught students in classes in elementary, middle and high school grade levels. These results are consistent with past years, as the community realizes the need for financial literacy and inspiring programs for our youth to understand the economics of life.