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Life-skills, Empowerment, and Development Services (LEADS) has received a two-year grant from The Office of Population Affairs at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  LEADS and its community partners will host 32 Health Education And Relationship Training Services (HEARTS) Camps in South St. Petersburg annually. Each HEARTS Camp will meet on two consecutive Saturdays from 9:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m.  The first camp will be held on September 21, 2019.

At each of the FREE camps, youth will receive breakfast, lunch and snacks, while trained facilitators (one male, one female) deliver the 13 healthy relationship lessons from Love Notes, a curriculum developed by the Dibble Institute. The non-profit Dibble Institute promotes relationship training for youth—especially in the context of dating and romantic connections. The goal of the HEARTS Camps is to help young people 15-18 years of age to build a foundation for healthy romantic relationships now, and for lasting, positive family environments in the future.  Lessons include art, video, music, and discussion.

Love Notes builds skills and knowledge for healthy and successful relationships with partners, family, friends, and co-workers. It is designed to help young people make wise relationship and sexual choices. Wise choices will assist them in achieving their education, employment, relationship, and family goals, while poor relationship and sexual choices may create barriers to these goals. The communication skills and self-awareness components of Love Notes are key to all kinds of relationships in life. For example, these soft skills increase successful and cooperative interactions in the workplace. Employers report that soft skills are vital for the success of young people entering the workforce.

Youth who complete the program will receive a $50-$75 Amazon gift certificate.

Families who would like their youth to attend should call 808-218-5396 or 727-307-8379.  The program will begin on Saturday, September 21 and end in late May 2021.

This project was made possible by Grant Number TP1AH000197 from the HHS Office of Population Affairs.


Fri, February 22, 2019

7:00 PM – 11:00 PM EST

City of Gulfport: Gulfport Casino Ballroom

5500 Shore Boulevard South

Gulfport, FL 33707

Come swing with us!

Featuring: Elder Ricardo Welch as Duke Ellington!
Directed by: Dr. Cody Clark

Enjoy finger food, entertainment, dancing, and a silent auction

Get your “glad rags” on and join us at the Gulfport Casino for a fundraiser for LEADS (Life-skills, Empowerment and Development Services) a Florida non-profit working to help strengthen families!