Media Advisory

State of Florida
Department of Children and Families
Rick Scott

David E. Wilkins

Palmer Munroe Teen Center Logo
October 10, 2011
MEDIA CONTACT: Erin Gillespie
DCF Press Secretary
(850) 459-2063

~ Palmer Munroe Teen Center Proof that Community Partnerships Create Successful Prevention Programs ~

TALLAHASSEE, FLA. – Florida Department of Children and Families Secretary David Wilkins will be touring Palmer Munroe Teen Center, speaking to teens and presenting the agency’s strategic plan to partners on Thursday.

The center, a collaboration between the City of Tallahassee, Leon County, Leon County Schools and the Department of Juvenile Justice, is a haven for teens in the Tallahassee area to hang out and have fun, but also to expand their opportunities, gain hope for the future and learn about social responsibility.

"This teen center is a shining example of what can be accomplished through community partnerships and agency collaboration," said Secretary Wilkins. "These types of prevention programs keep kids busy and engaged while also teaching them skills and giving them the tools they will need to be successful in the future."

After opening in August 2010, the center’s mission has been to create a positive environment for teens and to help alleviate conflict among youth throughout the community. This is accomplished through a teen-driven process that focuses on workshops, mentoring, education, restorative justice, and the use of cutting-edge initiatives developed to engage teens through training, fun and safe entertainment outlets, and community service.

Before touring the center and talking with the teens, Wilkins will be presenting DCF’s strategic plan to community stakeholders, including the school system, higher education and local agencies that work with DCF to help families in need.

The tour, which will begin at 4 p.m., will be hosted by the center’s board of trustees, which includes Tallahassee City Commissioner Andrew Gillum and Leon County Commissioner Nick Maddox. The media is invited to attend.

Tour Details: Palmer Munroe Teen Center, 1900 Jackson Bluff Road, Thursday, Oct. 13, 4 p.m.