Youth Employment Program Applications Available


Youth Employment Opportunities

St. Petersburg, Fla., July 20, 2016 — Boley Centers is taking applications for its Youth Employment Program which is funded by the Juvenile Welfare Board. This program offers youth, ages 14-17, with an opportunity for school success, part-time employment and family support services.

Families must meet financial guidelines and be located in the following zip codes:

  • Clearwater – 33755, 33756
  • Largo – 33760
  • Lealman – 33709, 33713, 33714 & 33781
  • St. Petersburg – 33705, 33711 & 33712
  • Tarpon Springs – 34689

Applications are available at neighborhood park and recreation centers, Boys and Girls Clubs, Neighborhood Family Centers, Pinellas Opportunity Council in Tarpon Springs, Citizens Alliance for Progress, public libraries, Clearwater for Youth, Shepherd’s House in Tarpon Springs, the GRAYDI Family Resource Office in Largo and at neighborhood barber shops. Applications are also available at Boley Centers’ main office at 445 31st St. N. in St. Petersburg as well as the agency’s web site and Facebook Page.

Deadline for submission is August 5, 2016.

The application may be downloaded by clicking on the link below.


Boley Centers’ Youth Employment Program Expansion

Boley Centers has been awarded new funding from the Juvenile Welfare Board of Pinellas County (JWB) to expand its existing Youth Employment Program. This expansion will allow Boley Centers to provide an additional 150 youth, aged 14-17, residing in Pinellas County’s five high-risk zones with part-time employment, case management, counseling and mentoring services thereby increasing their success in staying in school, earning higher GPAs and decrease behavioral issues, increasing the program’s capacity to 375 youth.

The program will be administered in partnership with Youth Development Initiatives, Inc., the Shepherd Center and Gulfcoast Legal Services. It will focus on serving low income youth from the Mid Town/Childs Park area of St. Petersburg, Lealman, Highpoint, North Greenwood and East Tarpon Springs. These areas have double the unemployment rate of the rest of Pinellas County and 30% of the youth do not graduate from high school. Since these youth face multiple risk factors, this program will allow them to increase their protective factors by helping to build self-esteem, enhance their social skills as well as provide mentoring and support to enhance success in school.

The money received from JWB will be leveraged by local employers who will pay 50% of the youths’ payroll, the City of St. Petersburg which currently provides $600,000 for youth employment programs within the City of St. Petersburg and in-kind office space from the Shepherd Center in Tarpon Springs. Gulf Coast Legal Services will offer legal services and workshops to aid in having criminal backgrounds expunged. Youth Development Initiatives will provide in-kind group space for orientation and training and mentoring services for eligible youth.

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In a Crisis, Simply Wanting to Help Isn’t Enough

troubledEthan Call, a college student, was worried when he noticed that his friend—who normally attended church every Sunday—didn’t show up to teach Sunday School that day. He knew she had been struggling with depression and anxiety. So, he texted her and asked if she was okay. She wasn’t.

Gwen Cubit, a mother from Texas, was worried when her son texted her from Maryland asking her to call him—that it was urgent. She picked up the phone and found him in the throes of an emotional crisis—he wasn’t sure if he wanted to kill himself or someone else.

Think about the last time you worried about a friend, a family member or a neighbor. Many of us can sense when something isn’t quite right, but the fear of being intrusive, overstepping our bounds or saying the wrong thing can prevent us from acting. So, far too often, we do nothing to help.

Luckily, Ethan and Gwen knew exactly what to do. They had both recently been trained in Mental Health First Aid where they learned how to recognize when someone might be experiencing a mental health or substance use problem, and mastered an action plan to help.

Noticing the red flag, Ethan left church and drove to his friend’s house. Immediately, the Mental Health First Aid action plan kicked in. He sat with her and listened to her talk about her feelings—without judgment—over milk and cookies. He gave her information about where and how she could access professional help. He encouraged her to turn to her friends, family and faith community for support. Now, Ethan’s friend is working with a counselor and doing much better. She got help.

Gwen immediately recalled an important strategy from her Mental Health First Aid training: stay calm. She kept her son talking, asked questions about what he was doing, where he was and where his family was. She took his risk of suicide seriously and encouraged him to go to the hospital with his father-in-law, who lived in the area. Her son agreed, and she stayed on the phone with him until she heard him check in with the administrative nurse at the ER. Her son was diagnosed with depression, and is doing much better today. He got help.

Each of these stories begins the same way: a person trained in Mental Health First Aid notices that something isn’t right. And each story ends with a person in distress getting the help they need.

But when people don’t know what they’re supposed to do when confronted with a difficult situation—when they don’t have an action plan for stepping in when someone is experiencing a mental health or substance use problem—the stories can end much differently.

Mental Health First Aid takes the fear and hesitation out of offering support to someone in an emotional crisis. It provides critical tools for helping people that can mean the difference between life and death.

Today, more than 550,000 Americans are trained in Mental Health First Aid. That’s 550,000 people who would know when and how to react to a person in crisis. And Boley Centers is proud to be a partner in that progress. But in a nation of more than 318 million, 550,000 is not enough.

This month, we celebrate Mental Health Month. We recognize the incredible strides we’ve made in promoting understanding, increasing opportunities and improving the lives of people living with mental health and substance use problems. Mental Health Month is an opportunity to reflect on how far we’ve come.

But Mental Health Month is also an opportunity to acknowledge how much more work there is to do.

In January, the National Council for Behavioral Health launched the Be 1 in a Million campaign—a national effort to train one million people in Mental Health First Aid. Since the launch of the campaign, more than 50,000 new first aiders have been trained.

This Mental Health Month, we encourage everyone to become part of the Be 1 in a Million movement. Get trained. Spread the word. Offer support to someone in need. Because—as Ethan, Gwen and so many like them know—recognizing how and when to step in and offer help can change, even save, a life.

Give Day Tampa Bay is May 3, 2016

12573776_931612886934709_1855295633233264795_nThe Community Foundation of Tampa Bay will host its annual 24-hour on line giving challenge on May 3, 2016.  This event will benefit the 595 not-for-profits who have registered for the event and Boley Centers is one of them!  You can visit on May 3 from 12:00 AM and 11:59 PM to participate and join in the power of community giving.  Money raised from this day of giving will help us to continue providing much needed programs and services to adults with mental disabilities, individuals and families who are homeless, Veterans and disadvantaged youth.  Please visit on May 3 and make your donation to Boley Centers!

Hot Jazz & Cool Members Wine Social

Enjoy wine & hors d’oeuvres as you mingle with old friends and new at the Boley Angels’ annual membership event.

Thursday, May 12, 2016
5:30 – 7:00 PM
The Florencia
100 Beach Drive NE, 3rd floor
St. Petersburg, FL

For more information, please call 727-821-4819 x 5724.

Save the Date!

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 Please join us on March 31st, 2016 at 11:00 am
to celebrate the Grand Opening of Duval Park!

Duval Park is a Brand New, 88-unit, Affordable Permanent Supported Housing Community conveniently located near medical care, shopping and schools in a quiet corner of unincorporated Pinellas County. These attractive and spacious apartments are reserved primarily for Veterans with service connected disabilities. Residents have access to case management, job placement, education opportunities, temporary financial assistance, family support, transportation and links to other essential services within the community.

 The community is located at 5025 Duval Circle, St. Petersburg FL 33714.

 Funding for this community has been provided by:

 Florida Housing Finance Corporation
Pinellas County Housing Authority
Home Depot Foundation
Pinellas County Community Development
Raymond James Bank
Raymond James Tax Credit Funds

 This community is sponsored by:

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Honoring Those Who Have Helped us Along the Way

Screen Shot 2015-12-26 at 7.09.51 PMBoley Centers celebrated the grand opening of Broadwater Place on Friday, October 30. This multifamily development provides 44 units of permanent supportive housing for individuals who have mental disabilities or were formerly chronically homeless.

Working with the City of St. Petersburg, Boley Centers acquired the property in 2009. Over the course of the following six years, Broadwater Place was developed in four phases using eight different funding sources including the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development Section 811; Department of Children & Families’ Office on Homelessness; Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta through Synovus Bank; Florida Housing Finance Corporation; City of St. Petersburg HOME funds; Bessie Boley Foundation; Boley Centers, Inc. and Pinellas Affordable Living, Inc.

Today there are a total of three buildings and each one has been named in honor of three former Board Members – Connie Clendening, Warren Bowman and Cindy McCormick. Celebrating with us at the grand opening event were Vito Sheeley, aide to U.S. Representative Kathy Castor; U.S. Representative David Jolly; St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman; St. Petersburg City Councilman Wengay Newton and Florida Department of Children & Families, Regional Substance Abuse & Mental Health Director April May. Pictured above: Congressman David Jolly, Stephani Lavely, Scheduler and Outreach Coordinator for Congressman Jolly and Gary MacMath.

Pictured: Mayor Rick Kriseman.