APRIL
2018
KEYS TO BE THE CHANGE, INC.
NEWSLETTER
                      

HELPING KIDS HELP THEMSELVES

OUR PROGRAMS
 
Drug/Alcohol Prevention 
Anti-Bullying
Reading Literacy
Mentoring
Leadership
Wellness Promotion


BOARD O F DIRECTORS

President

Ebenson Michelin

 Treasurer 

Andrea Spottswood

 Directors

Elena Spottswood

Tara Whitehead

Jorge Lopez

 

 

CONTACT US
Executive Director
Heidi Golightly
541-974-4398
heidirgolightly@gmail.com
1208 Watson Street
Key West, FL  33040

 


OUR MOTTO

"It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men."

 

-Fredrick Douglass

 

OUR MISSION

 

To provide programs, education, awareness and opportunities that 

empower children, youth and adults to improve health, wellness, and skills for success in school and in life.

 

OUR VISION

 A community where youth feel loved, respected and appreciated so they refrain from drugs, alcohol and violence and ultimately lead a healthy lifestyle.

 


 
 
A VERY SPECIAL
THANK YOU
TO OUR 
PARTNERS IN PARADISE:
 
Monroe County 
School Board
 
Key West High School
 
Marathon High School
 
Marathon Middle School
 
Coral Shores High School
 
Poinciana Elementary School
 
Poinciana  Elementary Parent Teacher Organization
 
Gerald Adams Elementary School
 
  HOB Middle/Elementary School
 
May Sands Montessori School
 
Montessori Childrens School of Key West

Sigsbee School
 
Sugarloaf Elementary School
 
City of Key West
 
  Key West Police Department
 
  Monroe County Human Services Advisory Board
 
Monroe County Coalition
 
Monroe County Sheriff's Office
 
Office of the
State Attorney
 
State Representative Holly Raschein
 
United States
Coast Guard
 
United States Navy

Florida National Guard
 
Clerk's Drug Abuse Trust Fund
 
Keys Open Doors Foundation
 
  City of Marathon
 
Marriott Key West Beachside Hotel
 
Strunk Ace Hardware
 
Pat & Diane Croce
 
Southernmost Coconut   Castaways   
 
Historic Tours 
of 
America
 
Fausto's Food Palace
 
Danger Charters
 
Key West Butterly and Nature Conservatory
 
Blue Heaven Restaurant
 
Outback Steakhouse
 
Prime Restaurant
 
Banana Café
 
Fury Water Adventures
 
Tropic Cinema
 
Better than Sex Desserts
 
Blue Planet Eco Tours

 
Key Lime Inn
 
Last Key Realty
 
Preferred Properties
 
First State Bank
 
Mike Forster Islamorada City Council
 
Sunshine Scooters
 
La Grinote French Bakery
 
Key West Golf Club
 
Key West Wellness Center
 
Amri Day Spa
 
Blue Macaw Restaurant
 
Deuce's Off the Hook Restaurant

Wells Fargo

TJX Foundation

Key West Chevron

Paradise Tennis

Comedy Key West

Bottle Cap

Key West Yoga Sanctuary

Anahara Spa


Keys to Be the Change, Inc. is a 501(c)3
non-profit charitable organization.




Dear Friends:

Someone recently asked me for an elevator speech to describe Keys to Be the Change. I responded with an abbreviated mission statement. "We provide programs that empower children, youth and adults to succeed in school and in life by building self-esteem and self-confidence." This is WHAT we do. HOW we do it is the key. By utilizing peer to peer messages as much as possible and creating positive role models in the lives of our youth, Keys to Be the Change is able to reach across many different groups of kids to convey the message that a life without drugs, alcohol and/or violence is the right choice.

HELPING KIDS 
HELP THEMSELVES

That's it! And guess what?

IT'S 
WORKING! 

This month, Keys to Be the Change took the annual trek to Florida State University to attend the 10th Annual Southeast PeaceJam Leadership Conference. The Nobel Peace Laureate that we met was Kailash Satyarthi from India. His mission was to raise awareness about child labor and human trafficking. He rescued children from the factories and provided them with education and basic skills. The students from both Key West and Marathon along with 450 other youth from North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida were in awe at how this one man was able to protect the rights of 85,000 children from 144 countries. For this he won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014. 
We asked our participants to reflect on their experience. Here are a few remarks:
  • "Going to PeaceJam makes me realize what we do as a small club in a small community actually is making a difference to someone."
  • "PeaceJam shows me that there are people out in the world who are less fortunate than I am. It also shows me that we live in such a small world and that everyone is connected in some way, shape or form."
  • "PeaceJam has boosted my confidence and ability to make a difference."
  • "I always thought I was too small to do anything but I'm not and I've learned nothing is impossible. Anyone can make a change."
  • "I was scared of change and how people would react but now I've learned that it is ok and it is for the better..."
  • "If I could change one thing in this world I would change how people treat each other."
THANK YOU TO THE CITY OF KEY WEST AND THE MONROE COUNTY SHERIFF FOR SUPPORTING US. 
WE COULD NOT GET THERE WITHOUT YOU!

We are looking forward to the 
11th Annual Southeast PeaceJam next year!
____________________________________

On another note...

A GREAT 
BIG
SHOUT OUT TO
Historic Tours 
of 
America 

for their generous support of Keys to Be the Change year after year after year! 

WE THANK YOU!
________________
ENJOY THE 
APRIL 
PICTURES...
_________________
PEACEJAM 2018
FLORIDA STATE CAPITAL 

KEY WEST HIGH SCHOOL 
WITH 
NOBEL PEACE 
LAUREATE

MARATHON MIDDLE HIGH SCHOOL WITH NOBEL PEACE LAUREATE

PEACEJAM MOMENTS

VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR
MENTORS OPTIMIZING READING
EXCELLENCE AWARDS


FINAL READING MENTORING SESSIONS



KIDS WIN: PATHWAYS TO SUCCESS MENTORING CREATES SMILES




FARM TO SCHOOL PROGRAM ENJOYS THE BOUNTY


YOUTH LEADERS CREATING PEER TO PEER MONTHLY MESSAGES


HELPING FELLOW CLASSMATES SUCCEED

FINAL COMMUNITY CLEAN UP DAY
PARTICIPANTS IN THE 
YOGA WELLNESS FESTIVAL
PRESENTING #ITSNOTWORTHIT
It's obvious that Key to Be the Change is working when you see the many engaged faces that participate in our programs. From Farm to School to our youth leaders to our participants in the Kids Win: Pathways to Success Mentoring Program to our MORE Literacy Program, we are providing unduplicated services to the youth in Monroe County! 

THESE KIDS NEED ALL OF US AND ALL OF US NEED THESE KIDS...

IT TAKES A VILLAGE

THANKS FOR SUPPORTING KEYS TO BE THE CHANGE

Gratefully yours,
Heidi