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Staying Connected, Safe & Sound
July 31, 2020
No Small Matter | Virtual Film Screening & Discussion
Safe & Sound Hillsborough and the Children's Board of Hillsborough County have partnered to host a virtual film screening and panel discussion of No Small Matter. This documentary explores the most underestimated and powerful force for change in America today: early childhood education.

The free film screening will be held on August 6-10, 2020 and the virtual panel discussion will be held on Tuesday August 11, 2020 at 6:00 pm on Facebook Live - @SafeandSoundHillsborough. Registration is required. Learn More

Check out a sneak peak of the trailer below.
Diversity Flight Series | Bootleggers Brewing Company
The Bootleggers Brewing Company along with other local breweries in the Craft Beer Community launched their Diversity Flight Series on Thursday, July 30, 2020, selecting Safe & Sound Hillsborough as a partner and one of it's beer proceeds recipients.

The series is an awareness and fundraising campaign in response to the outcry for help following George Floyd's wrongful death and strives to partner with community members and organizations that are working to be a part of the change that needs to
happen against injustices within this country.

Through the help of the Beer Table, a community group established by the Bootleggers Brewing Company, they were inspired to create the Diversity Flight Series as a result of Safe & Sound Hillsborough's goal of "offering a structure to unite the efforts of those involved in criminal justice, economic development, education, community building and health." Recognizing that it takes a diverse group of people and professions to foster positive change that can benefit the community as a whole, they are using their skills and resources to support social justice causes.

The Diversity Flight Series release will last throughout this weekend, July 30 - August 2, as a canned option and proceeds will be donated to Safe & Sound Hillsborough. Support & Learn More
Mental Health First Aid Goes Virtual
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the July and August Mental Health First Aid courses offered by Safe & Sound Hillsborough & the Children's Board of Hillsborough County were cancelled. However, we're excited to announce that the National Council for Behavioral Health has rolled out a virtual training program. Instructors are currently being certified to offer this course. An updated schedule will be posted in the fourth quarter of 2020. Learn More
Detention Advisory Board | Programming & Facility Improvements
Since the inception of the Detention Advisory Board in 2018, monthly meetings with the staff have resulted in numerous projects to benefit the Hillsborough West Juvenile Detention Center and its aging facility. Under the leadership of Freddy Barton, serving as the chair of the board, improvements from this
collaboration include: establishing improved educational programming, identifying mentoring resources and opportunities to prevent recidivism, implementing activities to enhance physical and mental health, painting of the facility, perimeter clean up, external greenery beautification and an important partnership with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers through their social justice initiative. As a result, players and staff visited the center to spend time with the youth, have meaningful dialog, and interact in fun activities.

This partnership has also provided much needed resources for the youth, a remodeled learning lab sponsored by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Foundation , and appreciation dinners for the staff. 
Progress in Partnership | Tampa Bay Buccaneers
2020-2021 Social Justice Initiative
Safe & Sound Hillsborough is pleased to continue our partnership with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and their year-round Social Justice Initiative. Established in 2018, The Social Justice Player Board, is a group of Buccaneers players committed to leading the
team's Social Justice Initiative and spearheads important conversation, programming and team engagement in social justice causes throughout the Tampa Bay community and the National Football League.

In 2020-2021, Safe & Sound Hillsborough will partner to coordinate a new social justice campaign to include a PSA on equity and player supported voter awareness drives. In addition, the initiative will implement a Youth Mentorship partnership with the Hillsborough County Public School District where Safe & Sound Hillsborough will coordinate training for mentors, program design and an outcome matrix for middle school students. Learn More
MBK Summer Institute | 4-Week Virtual Learning
Last week, Safe & Sound Hillsborough concluded the annual MBK Summer Institute Academic Credit Recovery Program in partnership with Howard W. Blake High School and Men of Vision, Inc. The co-ed virtual learning program hosted students in the 9th and 10th grades from Blake, Middleton, and Hillsborough High Schools. Certified teachers led courses in English, Math, Science, and Social Studies.
Upcoming Events
July 30 - August 2
  • Bootleggers Brewing Company Diversity Flight Series| Proceeds benefit Safe & Sound Hillsborough | Learn More
August 6-10
  • No Small Matter Virtual Film Screening | Learn More
August 11
  • Family Health & Well-Being Committee Meeting | 3PM
  • No Small Matter Virtual Panel Discussion | 6PM | Learn More
August 21
  • SafeSummit'21 Planning Meeting | 3PM | Zoom Meeting: 820 3555 1209; Passcode 27499 | Learn More
August 25
  • Leadership Council Meeting | 1PM

All meetings are open to the public unless otherwise noted. For more information on how to get involved, contact our office at
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