Cocoa, FL 32926
Phone Number: (321) 735-4931
Port Richey, FL 34667
Phone Number: (727) 222-9304
Lakeland, FL 33813
Phone Number: (407) 296-1696
Paxen’s Community Connections Program provides day treatment services to youth who reside in targeted circuits in the Central region. The program serves youth age 14 through 19 referred by the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice and place on probation, or classified as minimum risk commitment by the courts. Youth referred the Community Connections Program receive a combination of Department-identified evidence -based services, strength-based gender specific groups, delinquency interventions, case management, guidance on completion of court sanctions, community supervision, community service work projects and Paxen’s Life Skill training.
Marquesha is a young woman that has been struggling with substance abuse. Earlier thisyear she was arrested and in July 2015 was referred to Paxen’s Community Connection program. Through the support of the program Ms. Marquesha has been able to improve her social and problem solving skills and in a two months’ time span has double her initial TABE test score I educational scores so she can move into the advanced GED class in preparation for her GED test.
In addition Ms. Marquesha has completed all her court-ordered community service and substance abuse treatment. Through our workforce skill module, she strengthens her employment opportunities by creating her resume and interview skills training that landed her employment at Waffle House.
Ms. Marquesha is a great example that hard work, much determination and with the support of staff and supporters, that our youth can have their second chance to succeed in life. At Paxen, we are extremely proud of Ms. Marquesha’s accomplishments and know she will exceed our expectations.
To provide fundamental life, education and workforce skills that together form the building blocks for better lives.