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Jaguars Support In Search of Me Café in Brunswick Teen Center

Dec 09, 2013 02:00AM
A grant from the Jacksonville Jaguars Foundation is making it possible for teens to learn life skills in a new way. An innovative program held at the Elizabeth F. Correll Teen Center in Brunswick, Georgia, In Search of Me Café helps teens address problems, communicate thoughts and ideas in a like-minded social network, and seek outside help in finding solutions to issues such as bullying, peer pressure, self esteem, substance abuse, underage drinking and more. The ECTC, a unit of the Boys & Girls Club of Southeast Georgia, is a state-of-the-art, purpose-built teen center that serves approximately 120 teens. The facility offers teens a wide range of enrichment opportunities including tutoring, leadership development, and with the addition of the In Search of Me Café program, life skills learning. “Through our JAGS Teen Talk program, the Jaguars Foundation promotes venues such as In Search of Me Café that support teens in making positive choices that lead to success,” says Peter M. Racine, President of Jacksonville Jaguars Foundation. “It helps them avoid the pitfalls of risky behavior and poor choices that are obstacles to being successful.” “We feel the best way to help teen manage their problems and prepare for focused, productive, and fulfilling lives is to provide them with age-specific, peer-to-peer methods for helping themselves,” says Stan Cottle, Founder and Director of In Search of Me, Inc. Teens who participate in the In Search of Me Café program will learn how to approach difficult issues by asking questions and using the program's content and resource links to discover they have the power to solve their own problems. The program intends to help teens live more productive lives, thereby reducing the substantial social and economic burden for communities in the future. For more information visit: www.insearchofmecafe.org.