GUARDIANS FOR NEW FUTURES INC

Port St. Lucie, FL   |  www.gfnf4kids.org

Mission

Supports the unfunded needs of maltreated and under-served youth, while increasing community awareness and education to further protect children.

Ruling year info

1991

President, Board of Directors

Ms. Debbie Butler

Vice President, Board of Directors

Mr. Eric Garza

Main address

8565 Commerce Centre Drive

Port St. Lucie, FL 34986 USA

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EIN

65-0117004

NTEE code info

Human Services - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (P99)

Community Mental Health Center (F32)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Helping maltreated children and under-served youth by raising awareness and supporting their needs in various ways. -educating the community, through annual Child Summits, on issues impacting children and strategies to further protect them from harm, everything from vaping, human trafficking, mental health to autism spectrum and much more... -filling their wish lists during the holidays and other needs through out the year -working to reduce the trauma experienced by developing an advocacy center for children in our community -improving access to youth mental health services

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Treasure Coast GFNF Child Summit

Starting in 2011, this two (2) day child-focused conference is offer annually. Presentations are by professionals from multiple disciplines educating our community on the latest issues impacting children and strategies to further protect them from harm. Topics are the result of collaboration with a multitude of individuals and organizations within the community

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

GFNF Holiday Gift Drive provides holiday gifts to maltreated children throughout the Treasure Coast and Okeechobee. The program has provided more than 6,000 children with holiday gifts thanks to the generosity of community members. The program is managed via e-mail and social media thus eliminating printing or postal costs which generates even more value directly to the children

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

A Child Advocacy Center (CAC) provides a child friendly environment designed to meet the needs of children who are alleged to have been abused. The programs provide support and protection for the children and the non-offending family members. Plus, all the resources needed for youth mental health within our community in one location - multiple agencies and organizations coming together to better serve the needs of the children.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families

Working to create an advocacy center for abused and neglected in the 19th Judicial Circuit. This circuit is the ONLY circuit WITHOUT an advocacy center for children. The function of an advocacy center is to provide all needed resources in one location for the children. Thus, increasing the quality of care and reducing any additional trauma for the children.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
At-risk youth

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Reduce the number of children abused and neglected while improving their care and access to more youth mental health services. And, in January 2020 launched a project to build a Child Advocacy Center for abused and neglected children.

Helping maltreated children and under-served youth by raising awareness and supporting their needs in various ways.
-educating the community, through annual Child Summits, on issues impacting children and strategies to further protect them from harm, everything from vaping, human trafficking, mental health to autism spectrum and much more...
-filling their wish lists during the holiday and meeting other needs throughout the year
-improving access to youth mental health services

And, most importantly, creating an advocacy center for children where all their needs are met when they come into care due to maltreatment an a-working to reduce the trauma experienced by developing an advocacy center for children in our community

Other than creating the advocacy center for children, all other programs have been in existence for more than 8 years. With regard to developing the advocacy center for children: 1)A strong, effective Board from all the stakeholders in our community who 'touch' the lives of maltreated and under-served youth. 2) ability to connect with funding agencies to develop the revenue streams to sustain 3)reputation in the community for bringing about positive change for the benefit of children.

- In January 2020 launched a new project to build a Child Advocacy Center (CAC) for abused and neglected children.
- Santuary4kids, to serve as a soft landing for children coming into care due to maltreat. It was built to serve as a temporary, child friendly location for children to rest or play while case managers work to find a safe, suitable placement for the child.
-Hosted seven (7) Treasure Coast GFNF Child Summits. Presentations are by professionals from multiple disciplines educating our community on the latest issues impacting children and strategies to
-Annual Holiday Gift Drive
elping maltreated children and under-served youth by raising awareness and supporting their needs in various ways.
-educating the community, through annual Child Summits, on issues impacting children and strategies to further protect them from harm, everything from vaping, human trafficking, mental health to autism spectrum and much more...
-filling their wish lists during the holiday and meeting other needs throughout the year
-improving access to youth mental health services

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To inform the development of new programs/projects,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Adding an Autism Summit to our annual summits. Launching a project to build a Child Advocacy Center after learning that our Judicial Circuit is the only Judicial Circuit in Florida without an advocacy center for abused and neglected children.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our board, Our community partners,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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GUARDIANS FOR NEW FUTURES INC

Board of directors
as of 5/20/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Ms. Debbie Butler

Guardians for New Futures, Inc.

Term: 2008 - 2020


Board co-chair

Mr. Eric Garza

Tykes and Teens, Inc.

Term: 2020 -

Lisa Floyd

Former Business owner & Organizing Member of Impact 100 St. Lucie

Ruth Stromak

Owner, Treasure Coast Moving & Storage

Doris Plym

Former Business Owner and a Guardian ad Litem

Amparo Gomez

Former International business executive and Guardian ad Litem

Brandi Rials, PsyD

Principal, Palm Beach Behavioral Health and Wellness

Rowan McGarry

ELS Center of Excellence

Linda Chastain

Founder of Hopes Closet

Kristen Erice

Director & Founder of Exceptional Academy for Differently-abled Leaners

Dorothy Malik

Former Assistant Chief Probation Officer, Department of Juvenile Justice, C19

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 06/11/2020

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

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