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Please take a moment to watch a special message from Safe & Sound Hillsborough's Executive Director Freddy Barton.

Freddy Barton honored with the 2022 Julianne M. Holt Service Excellence Award

The Juvenile Justice Board, Circuit Thirteen recognized Safe & Sound Hillsborough's Executive Director Freddy Barton with the 2022 Julianne M. Holt Service Excellence Award, for his outstanding and unwavering commitment to serving vulnerable at-risk youth and their families with a goal of transforming their lives for the better.

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ltor: Chief Operations Officer Rocky Brancato, Hillsborough County Public Defender; Court Administrator Gina Justice; Communications Manager Sammecia Bagley; Executive Director Freddy Barton; Program Administrator Rosalie Smith; Hillsborough County Public Defender Julianne M. Holt

Youth Leadership Program partnership continues with Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Safe & Sound Hillsborough facilitates the 2022-2023 Youth Leadership Program alongside the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with students from Young Middle Magnet School. This year’s theme is CONNECTION and addresses 5 components: Self-Awareness, Responsible Decision-Making, Self-Management, Relationship Skills and Social Awareness 

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Welcome Aboard: We are pleased to welcome Thaddeus Wright to the Safe & Sound Hillsborough team!

Thaddeus is a Tampa native and retired United State Marine with a bachelor's degree in Psychology and is currently completing his master's degree in School Counseling.

Thaddeus will serve as the Reporting Center Manager, a community-based alternative to detention, providing academic and enrichment programming for youth in Hillsborough County.

Meet Our Team

Giving Back: Program Administrator Rosalie Smith had the pleasure of serving as a panelists on the Hillsborough Association for Women Lawyers (HAWL) during their Giving Back Membership Luncheon celebrating 40 years of service. Panelists spoke about their respective organization's purpose, personal passions, how those passions led them to the work they are doing today and more.

HAWL's mission is to be a diverse, inclusive organization dedicated to promoting gender equality in the legal profession & under the law. Learn more via hawl.org.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Linebacker J.J. Russell supports Safe & Sound Hillsborough through NFL’s My Cause, My Cleats Campaign

We sincerely thank the NFL, our social justice partners the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Linebacker J.J. Russell for choosing Safe & Sound Hillsborough as his “My Cause, My Cleats” non-profit organization this year.

The NFL’s annual campaign was created for players to raise awareness for non-profit organizations and causes that has personally impacted their lives off the field and to wear their heart on their cleats during an upcoming game.

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Mental Health First Aid | Safe & Sound Hillsborough and the Children's Board of Hillsborough County are offering a FREE in-person Youth Mental Health First Aid course to county residents on January 25, 2023 at 9am. Register

Pictured: New Youth Mental Health First Aiders representing the Hillsborough County community and the following organizations: Big Brothers & Big Sisters, IST Transformation Coaching, Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services, Children’s Board Family Resource Centers, Seniors in Service - Foster Grandparents, Lutheran Services Florida (LSF) & Bridgeprep Academy of Tampa Bay

Instructors: Sammecia Bagley, Safe & Sound Hillsborough & Trish James, Children's Board of Hillsborough County

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