Florida’s Children First to Honor Broward’s Top Advocates for Children on March 19

Florida’s Children First (FCF), the award-winning non-profit that advocates to make positive changes in the lives of children, will recognize truly remarkable child advocates and former foster youth at FCF’s 22nd annual Broward County Advocates for Children Awards, held at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts on March 19 at 5:30 p.m.

This is one of the largest events FCF hosts each year, recognizing the accomplishments of community leaders in Broward who support its mission of making positive changes in the lives of children. Josh Rydell, Mayor of Coconut Creek, will serve as the event’s emcee with an expected attendance of 300 supporters including community and business leaders, former honorees, care providers, and individuals who are committed to helping Florida’s children.

This year, FCF is delighted to spotlight the following honorees:

2024 Outstanding Corporate Champion For Children: Keiser University

Over the years, Keiser University and its leadership team have championed numerous FCF initiatives to protect and expand the rights and protections of Florida’s children and to ensure they have the tools and opportunities needed to thrive, particularly those who are most disadvantaged.

2024 Outstanding Non-Profit Champion for Children: SOS Children’s Villages Florida

For three decades, SOS Children’s Villages has been renowned in Broward County and a leader around the world for providing a nurturing, family-oriented community that offers healing, hope, a stable home environment, and an unparalleled standard of support for children and young adults in the foster care system.

2024 Outstanding Youth Advocate: Takara Young

Despite upheaval in her family life and being placed into relative care with an aunt, Takara has shown a remarkable level of resilience and positivity. A rising leader, she has been instrumental in developing and helping to organize impactful and fun events that benefit her peers in care and bring joy and a sense of community to others going through experiences similar to her own.

This event and the work of FCF would not be possible without the support of the organization’s incredible sponsors, including Kelley Kronenberg (Statewide Presenting Sponsor), Funding Florida Legal Aid, Guardian Trust, The Laszlo Fischer Foundation, The Paul Palank Memorial Foundation, The Shane McGee Foundation, and Stuart Building Products.

For more information about FCF or to register for the Broward Advocates for Children Awards, visit www.floridaschildrenfirst.org, call 954-796-0860 or email events@floridaschildrenfirst.org.

About Florida’s Children First

Florida’s Children First is an award-winning nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the rights of at-risk, abused, and disabled children, especially those in or aging out of Florida’s foster care system and those experiencing homelessness. Uniquely positioned as Florida’s premiere independent advocacy organization, our mission is to seek full representation of children and youth and obtain meaningful, sustainable improvement in Florida’s child serving systems. The Florida Youth SHINE program was developed to educate, empower, and provide youth the support and mentorship they need to reach their full potential.