Eckerd Family Foundation Scholarships Transform Lives
Numerous young people in Crosswinds' programs have received scholarships through the Eckerd Youth Scholarship Program. The Eckerd Family Foundation provides scholarships to help youth achieve their goals in school, work, and life. Youth at Crosswinds have received funds for a wide range of vital purposes, such as computers, college tuition and books, Boy Scout equipment and uniforms, music lessons, educational conferences, and driver's education. This innovative scholarship program has received enthusiastic praise from young awardees for giving the start they need to succeed.
"The Eckerd Scholarship has enabled me to do things that I wouldn't have been able to do financially. The scholarship has helped me get a notch higher on the ladder." -- Tiffany, Eckerd Scholarship recipient and student at Cornell University
Kimberly Lindsey: A Dynamic Role Model for Youth
Kimberly Lindsey has been a dynamic volunteer for Crosswinds for three years, volunteering over 100 hours. Her Project Safe Place volunteer service has been extraordinary. Last summer, she made site visits to over 100 Safe Place Brevard County locations.
"Kimberly is caring, dependable, and enthusiastic," said Jan Lokay, Crosswinds President/CEO. Kimberly attended the Southeastern Network of Youth and Family Services Regional Conference and spoke to Safe Place coordinators on ways to encourage youth to volunteer as she has.
"I'm proud to make Brevard a safer place for teens. This volunteer experience has been one of the highlights of my life." -- Kimberly Lindsey, Safe Place volunteer
Ashley Moxley Turns Life Around: Determined to Help Others
"I was a self-destructive teenage girl who was looking for love in all the wrong places. I got caught up in the wrong crowd and was introduced to drugs. Not long after I entered my rebellious stage, I was arrested on a domestic violence charge. After various charges and spending four months in a juvenile detention facility, I was sentenced to two years' probation.
"As soon as I started at Rainwater Center, I found belonging and acceptance. Rainwater didn't just teach me my required education. They also offered weekly counseling and classes teaching us to deal with real world conflicts such as health issues, how to relieve stress, job hunting skills, ways to deal with people, and many more.
"After ten months, I successfully graduated with a 3.5 GPA. I managed to maintain no lower than a 3.4 until my high school graduation. I now attend Brevard Community College and will further my education in criminal justice. My ultimate goal is to become a director for a program like Rainwater so that I may help young people who are having problems as I had. Still to this day, I keep in touch with the people who touched my life at Crosswinds. Crosswinds has made an everlasting impact on my life that will never be forgotten. If there had been no Crosswinds for me to go to, my life would have been one of overall failure and much misery."
Kyla Carstensen: "Thank You for Caring"
"I used to be the kind of girl who did not care about anything. I first started hanging out with the wrong crowd. Then I started skipping classes and not doing my work; making bad grades was something I never thought I would fix. Finally I just quit going to school. I dropped out in the eighth grade ... I felt like my life was over.
"I got sent to a part of Crosswinds which changed my life completely. It has helped me to feel better about myself and believe in myself that I can do anything I put my mind to. I am also making good grades for the first time ever.
"My parents say I am a whole new person now, and we all get along. I have a goal of going into the Coast Guard. I would then like to go to college and learn how to be a nurse. It is nice to know there are people that care about us and are willing to help us out. It means so much to each and every one of us. Some of us at Crosswinds have nothing and have never felt loved. Thank you again for caring. Knowing that you care makes us feel good about ourselves."
Michael Eady: Now Serving in U.S. Navy with Recent Promotion
"My mother didn't want me. My father didn't want me. When Crosswinds took me in, they gave me vocational skills and helped me secure a job. They provided counseling that helped me cope with family issues and anger. I got my GED. I wanted to go to college. They assisted me with receiving financial aid.
"If it wasn't for Crosswinds, I would be a street junkie. Or I would be in prison. Or I would be dead ... and that is a fact. Before Crosswinds, my attitude was poor. But I had a chance to change before things got really bad. It was a great place to be. These people genuinely cared."
Michael is now successfully serving in the U.S. Navy where he recently was promoted to third class petty officer.