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posted Jul 1, 2014 - 2:54:48pm
C.A.T.A.L.Y.S.T. Global Youth Initiatives, Inc. and the South Daytona Police Department were honored at the June 24 Volusia County School Board meeting with the Commissioner’s Business Recognition Award. A video-taped message from Florida Commissioner of Education Pam Stewart thanked the organizations for their exemplary work with schools and students. For the past 27 years, CBRA has celebrated innovative partnerships between Florida businesses/organizations and public schools. Volusia’s recipients were selected from 37 nominations submitted by schools to a district committee this past March.
Four years ago the mentoring organization C.A.T.A.L.Y.S.T (Children and Adults Together Achieving Leadership Inspiration Success and Trust) initiated a partnership with many southwest Volusia schools. Since then, C.A.T.A.L.Y.S.T. has recruited approximately 250 mentors who meet specially selected students once each week, on the school campus, in 30-45 minute sessions. The volunteer mentors are professionals, business owners, and government officials. They are diverse group representing all ages, but are unified by one purpose - to encourage children to achieve their greatest potential - their dreams. To date they have mentored 360 children. C.A.T.A.L.Y.S.T. also sponsors an after-school program for boys at Southwestern Middle School called D.R.E.A.M. (Dynamic Responsible Enthusiastic Achieving Men).
The South Daytona Police Department has partnered with South Daytona Elementary School for the past eighteen years. Holding membership on the School’s Advisory Council provides the opportunity for the police department to be aware of the school’s current needs and plan for its future. Citizens Patrol welcomes students the first week of school, directs traffic during special events, and recently donated $1,000. Officers provide classroom presentations during Red Ribbon Week, provide parent workshops on home and internet safety, and participate in Walk to School Day and Open House. The Police Department also annually donates holiday food baskets to the school’s most needy families and bike helmets to students without one.
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