Local Youth Counselor Receives Statewide Recognition for Years of Service
BROOKSVILLE – An employee of Eckerd Connects’ Challenge Youth Academy received statewide recognition for her outstanding work with troubled youth, during a ceremony in Tallahassee last week.
Doris Inmon was honored by the Florida Juvenile Justice Association and Department of Juvenile Justice on January 23rd as part of Youth Success Day.
Inmon has spent the last 18 years working as a counselor at the Challenge Youth Program, a non-secure residential commitment program which houses up to 60 males between the ages of 13-19. The program provides therapeutic services to address behavioral, mental health and substance abuse issues.
In a statement provided by Eckerd Connects’ Doris Inman said, “Over the last 18 years of giving my all to the youth and staff of Challenge Youth Program, I feel that through all the personal sacrifice and pouring my heart and soul into making a difference into these young men’s lives, that I have found my purpose in life.” Inmon continued, “This is hard work, but it’s worth it. Every day you’re pouring positive things into those kids and you’re doing all you can to make them believe in themselves. It’s all about your heart. Your heart has to be in the right place and you have to believe that you make a difference.”
17-year-old Carlos Leyva of Bradenton, a young man who she counseled at Challenge in 2014, was being honored as a Youth Ambassador for turning his life around after being in the juvenile justice system.
“This lets me know you were listening. And the achievements you’ve made, I am so proud of you,” said Inmon. Leyva thanked Inmon and said, “I’m so proud of you and so happy for you. You were one of the best counselors, so thank you for all you did!”
Follow this link to watch video of the ceremony: Video of Doris Inmon Award Ceremony
For more information on Eckerd Connects’ Youth Challenge Academy, follow this link: Eckerd Connects.
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