The Mission of the Belle Glade City Government is to move into the future by improving the quality of life and promoting growth through economic diversification and development of human and natural resources while providing a safe and healthy environment.
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June is Flood Awareness Month
June is typically the first full month of South Florida's annual rainy season, a five-month period that brings 70 percent of our regional rainfall in an average year. The rainy season can also bring flooding, which may occur when large amounts of rain fall over a short period of time or from a single heavy storm, tropical system or hurricane. For more information, please click here:
Last Updated (Wednesday, 11 June 2014 19:06)
Belle Glade Featured in "The Sun"
Last Updated (Wednesday, 12 March 2014 14:59)
City of Belle Glade, PBSO - Crimestoppers
PBSO united with the Belle Glade City Commission, and local churches to hand out Crimestoppers information cards to local residents. These cards give the residents the information they need to contact the Sheriff's Office if they witness a crime. They can do so anonymously and may get a reward for reporting the crime.
Last Updated (Monday, 24 February 2014 19:35)
Youth Empowerment Center
The City's Youth Empowerment Center (YEC) program provides activities and services to youth ages 13-18, including after school programs and activities, tutoring/mentoring, jobtraining for in school and out of school youth, information on resources, gang prevention outreach, parenting classes, employment services, Safe School Programs and transportation. For the month of November 2013, the YEC provided the following pro-grams: Tutoring, Professional Opportunities Program for Students (POPS), PALS-Tennis Program by PBSO, Florida Fishing Academy, All About the Ladies Presentations, Healthy Choice Presentation, Recreational Field Trips, and many many more.
In November, the Youth Empowerment Center students were presented brand new life vests by the Palm Beach County Fire Rescue Volunteers Battalion and the Palm Beach County Sheriff Office Police Athletic League. The fire rescue volunteers hosted a fundraiser to fund the purchase of the life vests for the students to use during the fishing classes that are facilitated by the Florida Fishing Academy.
YEC Youth Council President, Kevin Anglade presented Volunteer Battalion Chief Kevin Rattey and Catherine Engel of the Palm Beach Sheriff Office Police Athletic League with letters of appreciation for the donations.
YEC 2nd Youth Council Vice President, Amina Amilcar recited a poem she wrote to ex-press the students appreciation.
YEC is pleased to announce that three of the students that attend the City of Belle Glade’s YEC program have been inducted into the Professional Opportunities Program (POPS) for Students. The POPS program promotes integrity, scholarships and provides positive exposure. This program provides the students with different experiences that prepare them for the next phase of their life. They provide opportunities to participate in college tours, leadership training, paid summer internships and scholarship opportunities.
In order to be considered for an interview for this program the students had to complete an applica-tion and write an essay on why they should be chosen as a member of this elite organization. They also described their strength of character and values that would support and benefit the organization. All of the applicant’s teachers had to sign a form recommending them for the program and the applicants were responsible for getting three letter of references. Once the students completed those tasks and were deemed qualified, the students were interviewed.
Over 60 students from the City of Belle Glade applied for the program, of those students only 15 were selected and of those, 3 of the students chosen belonged to the YEC. Those students are Kevin Anglade, Mike Paul and Jeffrey Pierre.
-Vivian Hunter, Director of Human Resources. Contributions by, Diana Hughes, Assistant Director of Finance; Lillian Tomeu, Grants Manager; and Gary Blake, YEC Coordinator.
Last Updated (Monday, 24 February 2014 19:36)
City of Belle Glade Mentoring Program
In October of 1999, former Governor of Florida, the Honorable Jeb Bush launched the Governor’s Mentoring Initiative in an effort to recruit Floridians to become volunteer mentors. The Governor’s Mentoring Initiative was designed to help students excel in school.
Recognizing the importance of mentors and volunteers within our communities and schools, in 2003, the City of Belle Glade adopted a Mentor and Volunteer Program Policy in joining the fight to promote the Governor’s Mentoring Initiative and efforts to save our children.
Unfortunately, as staff reviewed the policy and researched recent activities, we have discovered that over the past 3-years that we have had only two City of Belle Glade employees to take advantage of the City of Belle Glade’s Mentor and Volunteer Program Policy.
Statistics show that young people who are mentored are less likely to use drugs, drink alcohol, skip school or get into fights. The Mentoring policy provides City “employees” with a unique opportunity to change lives and a simple way to make a difference in the community. It is a proven fact that when a child knows that the parents are involved and concerned, the child’s academics are totally different; FCAT Scores excel, our youth graduate with diplomas in the pursuit of higher learning institutions.
Our schools and homes are like a garden. The ground is tilled and fertilized, and then vegetables are planted and watered. The careful nurturing of those vegetables, by hoeing to remove the weeds that continuously grow and providing nourishing water, will produce good food to sustain the body. However, if the garden is left to fend for itself, weeds and harmful insects will take over until the garden is good for nothing. There will no longer be good food for sustenance, only a small wasteland of weeds and chiggers and dried up ground.
This does not have to be our children’s future, consider becoming a mentor, contact the City’s Human Resources Department to inquire what/how you can become a mentor at one our local schools. Or simply review your employee handbook to abreast yourself of the policy, “MENTOR AND VOLUNTEER PROGRAM POLICY.” This City’s Commission wants you involved with our youth. The children need that guidance, it is a known fact that if you train up a child in the way he should go, when he is old enough to make those life changing choices, he will
remember. Invest in our children.
"Your attitude is your compass in life and is the one thing over which you have complete control. Be sure to point it in the right direction."
-Vivian Hunter, Director of Human Resources.
Last Updated (Thursday, 02 January 2014 18:45)