DCF, Connecticut School of Broadcasting, Eckerd Community Alternatives Host Day of Champions in Tampa

DCF Contact:  Terri Durdaller (813) 917-7570
Eckerd Contact: April Putzulu (727) 461 -1236 x 3331    

DCF, Connecticut School of Broadcasting, Eckerd Community Alternatives Host Day of Champions in Tampa

TAMPA  – Through an exciting new partnership with Connecticut School of Broadcasting (CSB), 15 of Florida’s foster youth, ages 16 to 23 in care with Eckerd Community Alternatives, are getting real-world experience in the fundamentals of radio and television broadcast. The “Broadcasting into the Future” Day of Champions falls under the umbrella of the Department of Children and Families’ Camps for Champions and provides foster youth with unique experiences to share with positive role models and will take place on Friday October 19.

Media personalities like former Bay News 9 reporter Bob Hunt will be teaching the foster youth about the art of media communications. Shayna King a former foster youth who authored the book Sugar Pop Thoughts and Jennifer Perkins who spent the past decade in various TV  broadcasting roles will also serve as instructors. 

Jaznice Relaford, age 17, is a high school senior at Freedom High School who plans to attend Hillsborough Community College after graduation. Jaznice has been in foster care for 11 years and throughout this difficult time, she has become resilient and focused on achieving her academic and career goals.  Jaznice is a participant of the Hillsborough Youth Empowerment Board, a chapter of Florida Youth Shine, where she advocates for other foster youth across the state and educates them about opportunities that will ensure a successful transition to adulthood. Participating in "A Day of Champions" is just one additional way that Jaznice can share what she has learned with her peers in foster care to help inspire them to achieve their goals and dreams.

Who: DCF, Eckerd, Connecticut School of Broadcasting
What: “Broadcasting into the Future” Day of Champions
When: Friday October 19, 2012 beginning at 2 p.m. 
Where: Connecticut School of Broadcasting,  3901 Coconut Palm Drive, Tampa, FL

Editor’s Note: Foster youth attending will be available for interviews and are able to be photographed/filmed.

About Eckerd Community Alternatives: 
Eckerd Community Alternatives is the community-based care lead agency for child welfare and foster care services in the Tampa Bay area (Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco counties) and serves over 6,000 children and their families each day.  It is a program of Eckerd, a national nonprofit youth and family services organization headquartered in Clearwater, Florida, that has given much-needed second chances to over 120,000 children and families since its 1968.  To learn more visit EckerdCBC.org.