Kennedy Space Center Offers Out of This World Opportunity for Youth in Foster Care

For Immediate Release:
March 25, 2013

Contact:
Carrie Hoeppner
Central Region Communication/Media Relations Director
407-317-7056

Kennedy Space Center Offers Out of This World Opportunity for Youth in Foster Care
"Salute to Space" Includes Space Exploration as well as Astronaut Introductions

MELBOURNE, FL – Children and teen students in Brevard County’s foster care system will spend a day eating with an astronaut, walking underneath a giant rocket and learning about America’s space program through exhibits and hands-on exercises when they take part in a “Salute to Space” Tuesday and Wednesday, March 26 and 27 at Kennedy Space Center’s Visitor Complex. Salute to Space is as part of the Florida Department of Children and Families’ “Camps for Champs” series, being held in cooperation with Brevard Family Partnership along with lead sponsor Wells Fargo who contributed $50,000 in support of programs for foster teens across the state, including "Salute to Space."

Providing foster youth with opportunities to participate in activities that provide them with a sense of normalcy is one of the primary goals of DCF and Brevard Family Partnership, Brevard County’s lead agency for child welfare. In partnership with Devereux Florida, Children’s Home Society of FL and The Space Coast Foster and Adoptive Families Alliance, the “Salute to Space” will showcase the marvels of space research and travel and give the youth a view of what their future and their careers could be in the fields of engineering and science.

Students will spend the day touring the KSC Visitor Complex and taking in its attractions, including the Rocket Garden, the new Angry Birds interactive exhibit, and The Shuttle Launch Experience. They’ll also meet astronaut Jerry Ross, a veteran of seven Space Shuttle flights, visit the Saturn V Center and build their own space vehicles to launch and retrieve.

“This is an opportunity for youth who are living in one of our local foster family’s homes to spend the day just being a kid, learning about the wonders of space and maybe dreaming of their futures,” said BFPs’ director of communications Geo Ropert. “Knowing what foster children have been through and wanting to provide them with a sense of normalcy as they go through some very trying times, we thought a day at one of our area’s greatest attractions would be fun and hopefully inspiring.”

Media inquiries may be directed to Geo Ropert, APR, director of communications at Brevard Family Partnership. Phone: (321) 205-3155 or geo.ropert@brevardfp.org

Providing foster youth with opportunities to participate in activities that provide them with a sense of normalcy is one of the primary goals of DCF and Brevard Family Partnership, Brevard County’s lead agency for child welfare. In partnership with Devereux Florida, Children’s Home Society of FL and The Space Coast Foster and Adoptive Families Alliance, the “Salute to Space” will showcase the marvels of space research and travel and give the youth a view of what their future and their careers could be in the fields of engineering and science.

Students will spend the day touring the KSC Visitor Complex and taking in its attractions, including the Rocket Garden, the new Angry Birds interactive exhibit, and The Shuttle Launch Experience. They’ll also meet astronaut Jerry Ross, a veteran of seven Space Shuttle flights, visit the Saturn V Center and build their own space vehicles to launch and retrieve.

“This is an opportunity for youth who are living in one of our local foster family’s homes to spend the day just being a kid, learning about the wonders of space and maybe dreaming of their futures,” said BFPs’ director of communications Geo Ropert. “Knowing what foster children have been through and wanting to provide them with a sense of normalcy as they go through some very trying times, we thought a day at one of our area’s greatest attractions would be fun and hopefully inspiring.”

Media inquiries may be directed to Geo Ropert, APR, director of communications at Brevard Family Partnership. Phone: (321) 205-3155 or geo.ropert@brevardfp.org

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