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Youth Empowerment Center
Last Updated (Monday, 24 February 2014 14:36)
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 13:45)
Commissioners Honor Glades Area Students
Over the past couple of months, the City of Belle Glade City Commission have recognized local Glades area students who have scored a Level 5 or higher on the 2013 FCAT. CERTIFICATES OF ACHIEVEMENTS were presented to students on behalf of the City Commission and Tri-Cities Education Committee, by Public and Community Relations Coordinator Mary O. Evans and Committee Member Eddie Lee Rhodes. The City Commission recognized and welcomed Dr. Matthew Shoemaker, Area Superintendent; Ms. Donna Ross-Moore, Area Director; Mr. Darren Edgecomb, various School Principals, teachers, and parents.
Mayor Wilson and Commissioners congratulated and commended students for their exceptional achievements to score a Level 5and higher on the 2013 FCAT, and encouraged students to proudly exhibit their certificates to inspire other students to reach higher goals in their educational pursuits.
-Vivian Hunter, Director of Human Resources
Last Updated (Tuesday, 16 December 2014 09:48)
“My City: I’m Part of It, I’m Proud of It”
Florida City Government Week Essay Contest Winners, “My City: I’m Part of It, I’m Proud of It”
Mary Evans, Public Relations Coordinator
Last Updated (Monday, 24 February 2014 14:36)
City of Belle Glade Re-establishes Home Ownership Program
The City of Belle Glade has reorganized and renamed the City’s Housing Development Program and Policy for first time homebuyers. Formerly known as the Community Revitalizing Initiative Program (CRIP) and Pocket of Poverty Housing Program (POP), the City’s housing program is now known as the “City of Belle Glade Revolving Loan Fund Program (RLF).” Revising the program has afforded the City the opportunity to expand the program to include consideration of any eligible credit worthy first time home buyer applicant.
Limited funds are available for construction or purchase of an existing home for eligible credit worthy area applicants. As such, applicants are processed on a first come, first served basis of completed applications, along with the applicant’s ability to qualify.
Tired of renting and think you are ready for homeownership? Ask yourself -
? Do I have a steady source of income (usually a job)?
? Have I been employed on a regular basis for the last 2-3 years?
? Is my current income reliable?
? Do I have a good record of paying my bills?
? Do I have few or no outstanding long-term debts, like car payments?
? Do I have money saved up for a down payment?
? Do I have the ability to pay a mortgage plus additional costs for maintenance and upkeep every month?
If you answered yes to all of the above, you need to know that the City of Belle Glade is accepting applications for the Revolving Loan Program at:
Belle Glade City Hall
Human Resources Department
110 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. West
Belle Glade, FL 33430-3900
Phone: (561) 996-0100 – Fax: (561) 993-1813
Business Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Monday – Thursday
Call for an appointment.
Subsidy assistance may be available to eligible program applicants in accordance with established program guidelines.
Click here to download Residential Application:
Last Updated (Thursday, 27 August 2015 15:34)