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Senate budget eliminates direct funding for youth mentoring

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State Sen. Joe Negron, a former budget panel chief, told his colleagues last month in an acceptance speech for his upcoming Senate presidency that the state must do more for its troubled children and teens. “We should not and we will not tolerate serious wrongdoing by young people but, at the same time, let’s not criminalize adolescence,” he said, according to the Senate Journal’s version. Most experts agree that after-school mentoring programs, such as those offered by Big Brothers Big Sisters, are effective at…

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Jillian Hasner to head up nonprofit group Take Stock in Children

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Nonprofit group Take Stock in Children announced Wednesday they have selected its next leader: business and public relations consultant Jillian Hasner. The program mentors at-risk children throughout Florida to guide them toward graduation from high school and help break the inter-generational cycle of poverty many low-income students struggle to transcend. Hasner — wife of former congressional candidate and state Rep. Adam Hasner, who like his spouse remains active in Florida politics — comes to the new job after some five years at the helm…

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