Pasco County Initiative on Target with 1st Annual Summit for Youth & Families

Today, the Pasco Youth Initiative (PYI) announced that its youth and family community-based program received a grant from Target Corporation . The grant will help support PYI's upcoming summit and expanding growth in Tampa Bay.
Members of PYI meet monthly at Rasmussen College.
Members of PYI meet monthly at Rasmussen College.
PORT RICHEY, Fla. - Oct. 28, 2014 - PRLog -- Pasco Youth Initiative (PYI) in association with the Pasco Mental Health Foundation is pleased to announce the first annual Summit for Youth and Families.  Everyone is invited to attend this free community event, sponsored by Target, on Wednesday, November 5 from 9:00am to 2:30pm at the Salvation Army Community Center, 7745 Ridge Road, Port Richey, FL 34668 (1.8 miles east of US Highway 19).  RSVP today to to reserve your seat.  Attendance is limited to the first 200 people to register.

The goal for the day is to host a forum for community education, discussion and action planning to remove barriers that Pasco youth and families face on their path to self-sufficiency.  Plan to come early for networking to meet new contacts from business, government, schools, nonprofits, civic and social organizations, parents, youth and other community members.  This will be an interactive, fun day and a way for you to make a difference in the community.

The program includes breakfast refreshments, guest speakers, games, a round robin networking session, presentations from each PYI subcommittee, lunch catered by Pit Boss BBQ, brainstorming, breakout sessions and door prizes.   Featured guest speakers include Tracy Echols, founder of the Hernando Youth Initiative and Jack Levine, founder of 4Generations Institute and a Tallahassee advocate for programs and policies that benefit the young, their parents and grandparents.  Several other local experts will present interesting topics and CEU’s for professionals.

This event would not be possible without the tireless volunteer hours of PYI subcommittee members and the generous contributions from Target, Staywell Kids, Pit Boss BBQ, Medical Center of Trinity, Regional Medical Center of Bayonet Point, Pasco Kids First, Crystal Springs Water, Starbucks, CareerSource Pasco Hernando, PACE Center for Girls, Legal Shield, Rasmussen College, Home Builders Institute and LifeSpan Services Inc.

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The grant is part of Target’s ongoing efforts to build strong, safe and healthy communities across the country. These efforts include Target’s long history of giving 5 percent of its profit to communities, which today equals more than $4 million every week. As part of this commitment, Target is on track to give $1 billion for education by the end of 2015 to help kids learn, schools teach and parents and caring adults engage.

“At Target, we are committed to serving local communities where we do business,” said Laysha Ward, President, Community Relations, Target. “That’s why we are proud to partner with Pasco Youth Initiative as we work to strengthen communities and enrich the lives of our guests and team members.”

In addition to the grant received by PYI, Target also gives through signature programs such as:

·         Take Charge of Education, a school fundraising initiative that provides undesignated funds to local schools for whatever they need most, from books and school supplies to classroom technology.

·         Arts Accessibility,free or reduced-price admission to arts and cultural events nationwide.

·         Target School Library Makeovers, a program that leverages Target’s world-class design expertise to transform school libraries across the country with new construction, furniture, and technology, as well as 2,000 new books.

·         Education Grants and Awards, including Books for Schools Awards, Target Field Trip Grants and Early Childhood Reading Grants, that provide schools, libraries, teachers and nonprofit organizations the resources they need to bring learning to life and put more kids on the path to graduation.

About PYI

The purpose of the Pasco Youth Initiative (PYI) is to identify barriers that young people face on their road to self-sufficiency and put solutions in place to ensure the success of our future workforce. PYI was created in November 2013 as a result of discussions between Hernando Youth Initiative (HYI), Pasco Economic Development Center and Pasco/Hernando Workforce Board’s Youth Committee.  We are a team of youth advocates working together for the benefit of Pasco County youth and families with a vision for a better future.  We work to understand local issues and challenges, take action to make a difference, engage community members in initiatives and meet monthly to manage activities (1st Wednesday, 10-11:30am, Rasmussen College Land O’ Lakes campus).  For more information, please contact Dawn Easter at or 727-463-8730

About Target

         Minneapolis-based Target Corporation  serves guests at 1,856 stores across the United States and Canada, and at The company plans to open its first stores in Canada in 2013. In addition, the company operates a credit card segment that offers branded proprietary credit card products. Since 1946, Target has given 5 percent of its profit through community grants and programs; today, that giving equals more than $4 million a week. For more information about Target’s commitment to corporate responsibility, please visit Target dot com.

Dawn Easter
Tags:Community, Youth Initiative
Industry:Education, Family
Location:Port Richey - Florida - United States
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