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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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  • She was my counselor for 7 months when I was at eckerd. Ms. Inmon is a very nice and wonderful person and I enjoyed her presents ❤️ she loves to help children ….. If you see this Ms. Inmon. I’m very thankful that I got to meet you because without you I don’t know where my life would be heading!

    Friday, 9 March 2018, 6:30 pm
  • Congratulations Doris, the power of love is immeasurable. What a blessing that God entrusted this wonderful gift to you. Your dedication shows that your work has helped many along the way. I am so proud of you and wish you continued success. Your work is a true testament to the statement of “If I can help someone along the way.” Again, my heartfelt Congratulations!

    Merilyn

    Wednesday, 7 February 2018, 11:42 am
  • Doris is a very special lady so kind and caring She was a client of mine for years
    Well deserved !!!! Congrats 🎉

    Saturday, 3 February 2018, 8:17 am
  • I agree 38 special. Congatulations Doris and you worked so hard and accomplished so much!- Thank you. Keep saving the youth😃

    Thursday, 1 February 2018, 10:47 pm
  • WOW, only 8 comments? Come on everybody, here’s some good news, wait, make that great news for a change. Let’s hear it for Doris Inmon! WELL DONE! And Thanks Tom for all you do!

    Thursday, 1 February 2018, 4:11 pm
  • So proud of you Doris. You deserve this. We love you.

    Wednesday, 31 January 2018, 8:40 pm
  • Congrats! It’s dedicated people like you that make a difference.

    Wednesday, 31 January 2018, 6:38 pm
  • Thanks for your hard work! Congrats on the award.

    Wednesday, 31 January 2018, 4:21 pm
  • That’s awesome Doris.. Congratulations to you on a well deserved honor.. . way to represent the 352 (Brooksville, that is)… Proud of you..🤗👏👏

    Wednesday, 31 January 2018, 11:31 am
  • Finally a feel good story. Congrats Miss Doris. We need more ppl like you

    Wednesday, 31 January 2018, 8:48 am
  • Wonderful Doris, You have been an inspiration to many. Thanks Tom for writing this article.

    Wednesday, 31 January 2018, 7:33 am
  • very nice,Its good to here good things are happening instead of all bad.

    Tuesday, 30 January 2018, 10:20 pm
  • Congratulations to you Doris….well deserved accolades!!!

    Tuesday, 30 January 2018, 9:58 pm

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