OIC Of South Florida In Partnership With Broward County Public Schools “Flipped The Script” In South Florida
SOUTH FLORIDA – On September 25th & September 26th, Opportunities Industrialization Center of South Florida (OIC-SFL) in partnership with Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) “FLIPPED THE SCRIPT” at the Broward County Convention Center during their free, two-day youth Teen Pregnancy prevention and intervention summit titled, “Flipping the Script.”
Over 500 attendees were taught how to “Use Your Mind, Not Your Body.” The inspiring conference addressed issues of family life, human sexuality, the pitfalls of social media and teen pregnancy prevention just to name a few.
Hosted by 99 Jamz’ Felicia Monet and Arlene Connelly of OIC, Broward County Public School Educators/Administrators, Community Leaders, organizations, Partners in Prevention and South Florida youth/students participated in over thirty conversation stirring, curriculum breakout sessions led by experts and co-facilitated by youth, BCPS members and OIC-SFL youth leaders.
Topic Included: Raising Youth Aspirations for Education, Career and Future Focus; Enhance Educator Awareness and Capacity to Support and implement Family Life and Human Sexuality Policy and Curriculum; A look at diversity, disparities and equity; Heighten Awareness of Prevention & Intervention Strategies, Developing Positive Self Image; Media and the Adolescent Mind; Strategies for Healthy Relationships and Family Strengthening.
From 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. (both days), the Teen Pregnancy Prevention summit empowered attendees with their special guest speakers Tish Hall, Felecia Hatcher and Devin T. Robinson X “Egypt”, youth forums, emerging career maze, resource fair, raffle giveaways, spoken word artists, original youth art displays, line dancing, entertainment and goodie bags.
Newton Sanon, President & CEO of OIC-SFL is proud of the summit’s success and the impact it made on the youth whether they attended or participated. “Creating conditions for success for young people requires that you involve them in the process and OIC of South Florida’s ‘Flipping the Script’ summit did just that,” said Sanon. “With guidance from adults, the youth worked hands-on in contributing to the summit’s design, facilitating sessions and leading their peers. They all had a chance to express themselves to their parents and much more. Let us all remain focused and committed to engaging youth in the process of assuring that their education and well-being is protected. They are indeed interested; it is up to us to create the condition and provide the tools. OIC remains committed and invite all community stakeholders to join us.”
Over the past five years, OIC’s Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program “Project Pause” has made significant strides in reducing the incidences of teen pregnancy and STI contraction among Broward County’s youth.
This past June, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) awarded OIC $6.5M in funding as one of only two grantees awarded in the state of Florida for the second round of five-year, fiscal year (FY) 2015 – FY 2019, Teen Pregnancy Prevention (TPP) grant awards.