2nd Annual Hayden Hurst Family Foundation Golf Tournament

Date: Monday, February 22, 2021 

Time: 8:30 a.m. shotgun start

Location: Deercreek Country Club                                                                                      7816 McLaurin Rd. N.                                                                                         Jacksonville, FL 32256

RSVP: Contact Pete Hicks at (904) 446-4966/ phicks@ycc.org                                                                                                                                                                                                              OR 

Join us for the second annual Hayden Hurst Family Foundation Golf Tournament benefiting Youth Crisis Center!


Title Sponsor – $5,000

Company or your name prominently displayed on all tournament print material.

Exclusive hole sponsorship of the hole of your choice. 

Company logo on golf towel given to all participants. 

Full color logo on foundation website tournament page & tee box sign. 

Distribution of information about your company in complimentary player gift bags – may also be a promo item or flyer. 

Four signed NFL footballs

Four foundation logoed golf shirts

Includes entry for two teams (eight players)


Touchdown Sponsor – $3,000

Exclusive hole sponsorship of the hole of your choice. 

Full color logo on foundation website tournament page & tee box sign.

Distribution of information about your company in complimentary player gift bags – may also be a promo item or flyer. 

Four signed NFL footballs

Four foundation logoed golf shirts

Includes entry for one team (four players)


Lunch Sponsor – $2,500 

Company name prominently displayed during lunch at food serving stations and on tables

Full color logo on foundation website tournament page & tee box sign

Distribution of information about your company in complimentary player gift bags – may also be a promo item or flyer. 

Includes entry for one team (four players)


Cart Sponsor – $2,500

Company logo/sign placed on every golf tournament cart used during the tournament

Hole sponsor sign

Includes entry for one team (four players) 

Foundation Sponsor – $1,500

Company logo/sign placed on every golf tournament cart used during the tournament

Hole sponsor sign


First Down Sponsor – $1,000

Signage at the golf course.

Company acknowledged at registration & announcement


Breakfast Sponsor – $1,500

Sign at breakfast table

Company acknowledged at registration & announcement

Opportunity to place literature on breakfast table


Beverage Cart Sponsor – $1,500

Company logo sign on two beverage carts

Company representative can ride with beverage cart attendant during the tournament


Putting Contest – $500

Company signed at putting green 

Company representative to provide prize to contest winner


Hole Sponsor – $150

Company logo sign on hole


Golf Foursome – $1,200

I Want to Know More

The world through our children’s eyes during COVID-19

This will be a six-week online program for children between the ages of 6 and 10. Youth Crisis Center Family Link Therapist Clarissa Benitez, MSW will conduct this free online group through BlueJeans.

Space is limited please call 904-575-1324 by May 11th, 2020 to learn more and reserve a spot for your child.

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House Parent

Title:                House Parent- Touchstone Village Clay

Department:    Touchstone Village

Position:          Sub-Contractor

Touchstone Village Clay is a Transitional Living program that has been developed out of a community need and community collaboration. Per the Clay County School Board, in the 2017-2018 school year 118 unaccompanied homeless youth were enrolled. Unaccompanied homeless youth are young people experiencing homelessness who are not in the physical custody of a parent or guardian. According to School House Connection, 4.2 million youth and young adults experience homelessness each year. The prevalence of youth homelessness is similar in rural, suburban and urban areas. Homelessness is associated with an 87% likelihood of dropping out of school. At the same time, the highest risk factor for youth homelessness is the lack of a high school diploma or GED. Youth without those basic education credentials are 4.5 times more likely to experience homelessness. YCC is excited for the opportunity to provide stable transitional housing to the young adults in Clay County to help with this need.

Touchstone Village Clay operates near the St. Johns River in Clay County. Transitional living services are provided to young adults, ages 18-21, who may be homeless, needing independent living skills sessions, aging out of foster care, leaving a group home, and/or in a variety of other situations which limit self-sufficiency. For those young adults that may already have stable housing, YCC will offer individual and group independent living skills sessions in the schools and community.

This subcontractor position is to work as a Houseparent for the Transitional Housing Program in Clay County.

·       Under general supervision, monitors residents in a residential/home life environment, and oversees the day-to-day care.

·       Maintains a clean, healthy and safe environment in house

·       Responsible for knowing and carrying out Youth Crisis Center policies and procedures in home as dictated by the Operations Manual

·       Provides transportation for residents to appointments and activities as needed

·       Performs community integration functions as needed

·       Demonstrated ability to work effectively with Transitional Living Specialist and Outpatient Therapist

·       Assist with homework as needed or required

·       Be the primary contact for emergencies after-hours.

·       Complete room inspections with Transitional Living Specialist weekly

·       Responsible for completing all required training as dictated by contract and Youth Crisis Center

·       Ability to effectively communicate to Youth Crisis Center on any pertinent issues.


Youth Crisis Center offers House Parent:

·       Business vehicle available (when responsible for live-in youth)

·       Free room and board (equivalent to a savings of more than $1000 per month)

·       $1000 stipend each month

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What do I do with a child dealing with depression?

Depression and what does it look like for me and my child? We as adults think we understand what depression looks like, we sleep a lot, maybe we eat too much ice cream, we wear black, and listen to sad music. We write sad poetry and comment on the unfair nature of life? What does it look like with our children should be the real question? Honestly with all the physical, social, and emotional changes happening with our children each day depression and anxiety for a child are so difficult to differentiate. Before with children, we would chalk it up to growing pains, or a phase of life for which children will grow out of. The real truth is, it is one of the most difficult times in American history to be a child.


If you looked up Depression in the Webster Dictionary you will get a definition of:

1.        Feelings of severe despondency and dejection

When I first looked at this definition, I note with the question “What is severe?” With many kids’ emotions and the many fluid changes happening in a kid’s life, everything seems severe. Some may wonder if it could be so severe that it will end in drug addiction, criminal behavior, or suicide. The fact is what is severe with one child, may not be severe for another. We cannot assume that because we as parents can deal with something our child will be okay. A break up of a relationship or a failing grade may not lead to an extreme action of self-inflicted pain or suicide. This may not be the case for other kids, as an event like this may lead to the decision to harm themselves or others. As a parent, it is important to an error on the side of caution and you should speak to a professional. You may know your child, but if they are dealing with depression or anxiety, they may not want to share that with a family member or a loved one. In some cases, kids may find it easier to open up to someone who is not related to them.  



What is part of growing up and what is a mental health condition?

“In 2017, 13% of U.S. teens ages 12 to 17 (or 3.2 million) said they had experienced at least one major depressive episode in the past year, up from 8% (or 2 million) in 2007, the total number of teenagers who recently experienced depression increased 59% between 2007 and 2017. The rate of growth was faster for teen girls (66%) than for boys (44%). 7-in-10 U.S. teens said anxiety and depression is a major problem among people their age in the community where they live, according to a Pew Research Center survey of teenagers ages 13 to 17 conducted in fall 2018. An additional 26% cited anxiety and depression as a minor problem. An article in Johns Hopkins Health Review explains adolescent depression is a relatively new diagnosis. Until the 1980s, mental health professionals were reluctant to diagnose youth with a mood disorder in part because the adolescent brain is still developing and they thought it would not be appropriate to diagnose someone so young with depression. Also, professionals believed that teen moodiness was perfectly normal during what is often referred to as the “turbulent years.” According to a Pew Research Center analysis of data from the 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (Pew Research Center). 


   Kids today deal with more than any other child in the modern age, from social media overstimulation, increased standards for success earlier in life, limited avenues for success, disjointed family structures, and divisive social interactions.  


Children deal with : 

Uncertain time

Today’s youth are living through world Pandemics, Terrorism, School shootings, increased levels of suicide, drug use to include drug overdoses, and increased teenage gang involvement. We live in a world where our news is on a 24/7 cycle. There is always something breaking in one country. Kids today know and can access more information both positive and negative than any other generation in the past. 


Lack of sleep:  

Electronics increased requirements in school, and limited avenues of success for youth in school (no music, art, or vocational arts). We all have our distractions, but kids these seem to be caught with their video games, social media apps, and streaming services that some may spend less time working or socializing in person.  


Lack of Family and Community: 

A new Pew Research Center study of 130 countries and territories shows that the U.S. has the world’s highest rate of children living in single-parent households. While U.S. children are more likely than children elsewhere to live in single-parent households, they’re much less likely to live in extended families. In the U.S., 8% of children live with relatives such as aunts and grandparents, compared with 38% of children globally. According to the New York Times In 1962 African American Homes single parent, were 30% and in 2017 reported 82%. Caucasian homes in the same statistic went from 5% to 55%. Today 28% of families report having both parents in the home and never married. We have no real definition of family. Community interaction is limited at best to non-existent, and schools due to security threats look more like prisons than places of youth education. With mass shootings at public events, and security needs around the world people have been isolating from 9-11, and now with the world in lockdown over the COVID-19 pandemic, this issue will be intensified. 


     So as a parent what should you look for with a child dealing with depression?

The following symptoms for childhood depression are: 

  • Irritability or anger
  • Continuous feelings of sadness and hopelessness
  • Social withdrawal
  • Increased sensitivity to rejection
  • Changes in appetite — either increased or decreased
  • Changes in sleep — sleeplessness or excessive sleep
  • Vocal outbursts or crying
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Fatigue and low energy
  • Physical complaints (such as stomachaches, headaches) that don’t respond to treatment
  • Reduced ability to function during events and activities at home or with friends, in school, extracurricular activities, and in other hobbies or interests
  • Feelings of worthlessness or guilt
  • Impaired thinking or concentration
  • Thoughts of death or suicide

If my kids have some or most of these symptoms what do I do?

     Get help from a professional. 


With resources in the palm of your hand, there is no excuse to get help. In every city and state, there are resources out there to help you and your family. With tragedies like school shootings Parkland Florida, and Columbine High School, Columbine, CO has come a better understanding of Mental health, depression, bullying, school pressure and the need for professional aid. You don’t need to be ashamed, you’re not alone. If you don’t have money there are services for free to aid children. 



It is proven that exercise creates the brain chemical known as Dopamine which is directly responsible for happiness. Get your child out of the house and running around. Take your child to parks, playgrounds, and other places for safe fun athletic involvement. Enroll your child in organized group activities they are good at and encourages social interaction. 


Eat healthier: 

This means less fast food and more home-cooked meals, more greens, beans, nuts, and rich health proteins. What we put in our bodies directly reacts and relates to our mood. If you eat healthier, then you allow the body and the brain to run more efficiently. With the creation of the T.V. dinner in the 1970s, we stopped family dinners and moved from the dinner table to the drive-thru. With more meals, you will see a better mood, better school performance, and less depression. 


Get more sleep: 

Children require a minimum of 6 hours of sleep and recommended 8 hours of sleep. This allows time for the brain to enter REM mode which allows the brain to reset chemically. It was believed the brain shut down during sleep, but with technological advances, we have come to learn the brain becomes hyperactive as it processes and resets the brain to optimal working standards. When you do not get enough sleep your brain fails to have this opportunity and works less efficient which leads to anxiety and depression.


Be involved with your child: 

Be involved in your children’s lives. It’s not enough to provide their needs, and wants, but to be involved in their lives. Teens begin the “War for Independence” when they enter the “turbulent years,” which makes connections difficult, but it is still very important for them to know that you are there for them. Children develop life skills from school, the social interaction from friends, and self-esteem from both Parents. It is not enough to take care of them, you need to be there for them.


Limit media intake: 


There is nothing wrong with limiting negative information and access to free streams of information. No matter how intelligent your child is, or believed capable or interested in social media it is important for limits to social media, news, video games, and other technology. Youth are still dealing with all the same scholastic, social, romantic, and parental demands we dealt with, but now they are connected and plugged in 24/7. As parents, it’s important to limit online connectedness for real-life family interaction. 


Finally, if you suspect Suicide?

  1. Ask your loved one if they are suicidal or plan to harm themselves. They may answer “no” and you may still need to take them to the hospital for help, but the fact you asked the question may be enough to draw attention to the situation for the youth.
  2. Call the Police. In Florida, we have what’s called the Baker Act named after the originator Maxine Baker. This law was created for those wishing to harm or suicide themselves could be taken, assessed and receive treatment. 
  3. If you know someone that is planning on killing themselves then please call (866) 441-8725 in the state of Florida. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. 1-800-273-8255 or call 911 and speak to the local police. 

Youth Crisis Center’s Family Link Program

YCC’s Family Link program provides professional and compassionate short-term, outpatient counseling services to families with children ages 6-17 who are experiencing concerns that could disrupt the health and stability of the family. These services are available at no cost to residents of Baker, Clay, Duval, St. Johns and Nassau counties through appointments at the child’s school or other community locations. Click to learn more about Family Link and the 5 Ways to Strengthen Your Family. All Family Link counseling sessions are confidential. To learn more about services, please call (904) 725-6662.

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An update from YCC in response to COVID-19

With the recent updates from our government regarding COVID-19, and in order to ensure staff and clients are as safe as possible, Youth Crisis Center is making some changes to our provision of services.

  • As of March 19th, the residential crisis care program has temporarily suspended all operations and is not admitting any youth at this time.
  • The 24-hour crisis hotline continues to be active.
  • As of March 23rd, all therapists, case managers, and SNAP (Stop Now and Plan) employees will be providing telephonic sessions and follow up contacts remotely. YCC continues to accept new clients for therapy and case management.
  • All administrative staff are working remotely to ensure safe measures are in place.
  • All administrative staff are working remotely to ensure safe measures are in place.
  • On May 1st, our Residential Crisis Care program re-opened on a limited basis.
  • Our staff has returned to work and we are following new safety measures.
  • We are working on welcoming our clients back into our office and will update as more information becomes available.
  • For the time being, we are offering virtual services for our current and new clients.

YCC will continue to monitor the situation closely and will provide updates as they become available to us. YCC remains committed to serving our community and we will adjust our provision of services as we are able to safely do so. Please feel free to reach out to our staff with any questions or guidance needed.

You can stay up to date by checking our website: youthcrisiscenter.org.

Our crisis hotline is 904-725-6662.

Social distancing does not mean emotional distancing. Please ensure that you stay connected with family and friends as a means to ensure emotional well-being.

For information on COVID-19 from the CDC, please click here.

Janitorial/Maintenance Technician

Job Title:          Janitorial/Maintenance Technician

Reports to:       Facilities Supervisor

Department:     Facilities

Exempt:           No

Position Overview   Provide custodial services to both internal and external structures. Keep premises of office buildings and grounds in clean and orderly condition. Assist in performing and coordinating repairs and maintenance of physical structures, equipment, machinery, plumbing and electrical systems. Assist with client/tenant transportation as needed.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

The most important knowledge, skills, and abilities are listed for Janitorial/Maintenance Technician:


·         Primary knowledge of janitorial sanitation and supply

·         Proper use, storage, and inventory of chemicals

·         Material Safety Data Sheets

·         Health/safety standards

·         Basic maintenance and repairs to buildings, grounds and vehicles

·         The use and identification of various tools used in janitorial/maintenance and repair

·         Familiar with local area for transportation


·         Excellent communication and interpersonal skills

·         Attention to detail


·         Understand and carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form.

·         Ability to perform tasks with or without supervision in an organized manner

·         Able to work with other departments when necessary.

Position Duties and Responsibilities

·         Ensure cleanliness of entire facility including: clean/polish glass, mirrors; chrome, dust horizontal surfaces; mop or vacuum floors; wax VCT quarterly; empty/clean wastebaskets; sanitize and supply common areas, offices, restrooms and entrances; keep all areas free of debris

·         Help ensure that agency vehicles are kept clean and in good running/physical condition

·         Assist with day‑to‑day maintenance of the facilities, setup for meetings, conferences and events

·         Assist with general upkeep of grounds and property

·         Purchase supplies following procedures for requisition, and obtain receipts

·         Complete all required paperwork

·         Maintain courteous and tactful interactions with managers, co-workers, customers, tenants and/or vendors so productivity and morale do not suffer

·         Work independently and within a team on special, nonrecurring, and ongoing projects.

·         Transport clients/tenants to and from destination

·         Responsible for personal training objectives and attendance of meetings

·         All other duties as assigned

Education and Experience

Education and Experience:

High school diploma or (GED); and two (2) or more years related experience and/or training

Mathematical Skills and Reasoning Ability

Ability to add, subtract, multiply, divide, and use basic measurements

Physical Demands

Incumbent will be required to regularly lift and/or move up to 50 pounds and occasionally lift and/ or move up to 100 pounds.

Work Environment

Moderate exposure to chemicals used in the cleaning process

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to outside weather conditions.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

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CDC: Wash hands, stay home if sick to avoid COVID-19

YCC wants everyone to remain safe and healthy! In the wake of COVID-19, please review this information from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention about this virus.


Symptoms: Symptoms of the virus become noticeable between 2-14 days after exposure and range from mild to severe. These symptoms are fever, cough, and shortness of breath.


Prevention: There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease in 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, the CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask. 
    • CDC does not recommend that people who are well to wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
    • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of face masks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. 
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

Lead Residential Therapist

Job Title: Lead Residential Therapist

Reports to: Director of Programs

Department: Residential

Exempt: No

Position Overview

The Lead Residential Therapist is responsible for assisting the Director of Programs in the administration, planning, provision, consultation, and evaluation of Residential Therapists services, including training of multidisciplinary professionals. Provides short-term counseling with emphasis on prevention. Work with individuals, families, and groups to promote optimum mental and emotional health. May help individuals deal with issues pertaining to the family such as family dynamics, parenting, and communication; suicidal/homicidal ideations; anger management; problems with self-esteem; peer related concerns, behavioral issues, and school related issues.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

The most important knowledge, skills, and abilities are listed for Lead Residential Therapist.


  • Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological or social work research methods; and the assessment and counseling modalities of behavioral and affective disorders.
  • Knowledge of principles, theories, models, methods, and procedures for counseling of physical/mental/emotional/behavioral dysfunctions in the capacity of individual, family, and group therapy.
  • Knowledge of principles and methods for psycho-educational instruction for group counseling and the measurement of training effects.
  • Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
  • Knowledge of counseling/social work ethics.
  • Knowledge of effective management tools needed for positive outcomes from staff supervised.
  • Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.


  • Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide leadership and direct the progress of therapeutic services. The ability to encourage others towards common and individual goals and to motivate others to follow.
  • Demonstrated expertise in crisis management, crisis intervention, and case management. Ability to work collaboratively and provide leadership within agency setting
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and implement innovative and comprehensive therapeutic programs including goal setting and program evaluation and assessment.
  • Being aware of others’ reactions and understanding why they react as they do.


  • The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

Position Duties and Responsibilities

Occupation specific tasks and the most important generalized work activities are listed for Lead Residential Therapist

  • Work with the Director of Programs to ensure that the Residential Program delivers high-quality services and training that are consistent with the agency mission and that services provided are legally and ethically appropriate.


  • Assist the Director of Programs with Leading, managing, coaching, mentoring, training, and developing therapists to become highly effective in their roles to provide high-quality services as well as, meet their specific program and role requirements.
  • In conjunction with the Director of Programs and the Quality Assurance Department, ensure compliance with all standards and regulations established by funders and regulators. Ensure program staff is meeting quality assurance standards (including training requirements), as required by the Florida Network, Department of Juvenile Justice, Department of Children and Families, Jacksonville Children’s Commission, United Way, ACHA, Managed Medical Assistance companies as well as, the accrediting organization of COA.
  • Work directly with the Assistant to Director of Residential Services on a daily basis regarding concerns or schedules for the Residential Program. This information will then be communicated to the appropriate therapists.
  • Daily assignments of Intakes and development of an On-Call Weekend and Holiday Schedule.
  • Complete at a minimum 5 charts audits per month and ensure a minimum of 2 peer audits per therapist are completed with corrections made where applicable.
  • Provide training in designated subjects for new and existing employees; participate in formal and informal training of non-residential staff and residential staff.
  • Assist the Director of Programs when needed by reviewing clinical documentation, including risk assessments.
  • Review with therapists all KidsFirst, DCF, and DV cases weekly regarding progress and plan.
  • Perform clinical assessments through interviews and observation. Submit assessments for signature in a timely manner and in accordance with Florida Network standards and agency policy.
  • Develop measurable goal plans and submit plans for signature within the required timeframe as defined by the Florida Network and agency policy.
  • Close cases within designated timeframe as determined by your supervisor and agency policy.
  • Enter all required data into JJIS and Netmis regarding clients in an accurate, complete and timely manner.
  • Provide individual, family, and/or group counseling to clients and families a minimum of twice per week. Complete all required documentation for such in the client’s file.
  • Perform follow-ups on clients within seven (7) days of discharge. Complete all required documentation for such contact.
  • Provide referrals upon discharge for clients and complete all required documentation in the client’s file.
  • Participate in treatment team.
  • Provide case management and advocacy for clients while participating in the program and complete all required documentation for such.
  • Responsible for completion of training objectives within established timeframes.
  • All other duties assigned.

Education and Experience

Must be seeking license or currently licensed in the State of Florida as a LMHC or LCSW with a Master’s degree from an accredited college or university recognized by the Florida Department of Education; minimum of two (2) years of experience in clinical service delivery and preferred one (1) years of leadership experience required. Experience with Electronic Health Records highly preferred

Mathematical Skills and Reasoning Ability

Basic and/or advanced computational skills may be necessary.

Physical Demands

This is a sedentary position, and the incumbent will be required to sit approximately 70 per cent of the time. Little to moderate lifting of less than 25 lbs. may be required.

Work Environment

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to outside weather conditions.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

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