By: Charlene Cristobal
July 31, 2014
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- "Serving Youth and Saving Families," that's the motto of Capital City Youth Services (CCYS) in Tallahassee. Thursday afternoon, they opened their new Drop-In Center and introduced their new program, 'Going Places Street Outreach,' where they help homeless youth get off the streets and achieve their goals.
Maurice Esses is the perfect example of someone who has taken advantage of the program. "They're always there to help," he said. "I had a job interview I needed to get to, they drove me."
The Drop-In Center has various rooms. Including a room filled with clothes that the kids can take and wear to job interviews. Computers so they can apply for jobs, or request an I.D. With each different goal, the staff is more than willing to help.
"We recently got a kid and I.D. He was able to get to New York, where he was trying to go," said Mike Mincy, a Street Outreach Advocate. "[Also,] a kid who's been trying to get a job for weeks, we were able to hook him up with community resources and boom -- he was able to get a job."
The message of CCYS is clear, "If anything can go well, it will."
"I mean, it's that feeling, when you see that kid smile, and his eyes, like brighten up and he's just like, 'I did it. I succeeded,'" said Mincy. "And you know he's on his way to getting out of either where he's living right now, to a better place. That's what makes me happy, and that's what keeps us going."
CCYS is a private, non-profit agency. The Drop-In Center is located at 125 East Fourth Street.
If you'd like more information, visit their website here.