Each year, Florida Network of Youth and Family Services’ executives from its member agencies and shelters across the state converge at the Capitol to meet one-on-one with legislators regarding key issues involving at-risk youth and their families.
Starting yesterday, February 19, through February 21, “Hill Day” will take place allowing executives to be the voice of their communities’ children, while thanking their senators and representatives for supporting “Children and Families in Need of Services” and statewide prevention services.
This year, the Florida Network and its advocates are urging lawmakers to secure reoccurring funding for the SNAP (Stop Now and Plan) program – a behavioral model that provides a framework for teaching youth struggling with disruptive behavior issues and their parents effective self-control and problem-solving skills – as well as provide additional funding for new SNAP sites. Currently, SNAP is in six counties throughout Florida.
Throughout Hill Day, leaders also will discuss prevention services for critical issues surrounding Florida youth and families, such as human trafficking, domestic violence and juvenile delinquency prevention.