Eckerd Connects hosts golf tournament to help Central Florida Teens

The number of juvenile arrests in Florida continues to drop, hitting a historic low. This is due largely in part to programs like Eckerd Connects’ Project Bridge, which provides opportunities young people need to be successful as they work to reintegrate into the community. In an effort to raise money to continue this successful program, Eckerd Connects is hosting its fourth annual “Second Chance Charity Golf Tournament” on Saturday, June 2, 2018.

This golf tournament is a chance for participants to network while raising money for youth success. Project Bridge provides transitional services for boys and girls ages 11-21. These services include everything from one-on-one mentoring, vocational training, transportation services, academic tutoring, and interview prep. Financial support from surrounding neighborhoods makes it possible for Project Bridge to continue to train, guide and inspire youth.

“We do everything we can to give these young people access to whatever it is they need to get set on the right path,” says Laurie Stern, Project Bridge Central Region Director. “That is due largely in part to those around the community who have stepped up and offered connections to necessary resources. To get our kids the second chances they deserve really requires a team effort. The golf tournament is a big part of that.”

According to a Florida Department of Juvenile Justice delinquency report released at the end of last year, juvenile arrests have decreased by nearly 25% over the past five years. This is encouraging news, as Project Bridge has been working to consistently to provide outreach and intervention for at-risk youth.

The event will be held at Falcon’s Fire Golf Club at 3200 Seralago Blvd., Kissimmee, Fl 34746. Tee time is at 8:00 a.m., and registration begins at 7:30 a.m. The cost is $100 for individual golfers and $350 for groups of four. Registration includes a seat at the awards luncheon, a cart, and an exclusive goodie bag.

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