Since 1983, we have emphasized character development, academic achievement and social responsibility to reduce the risk of dropping out of school, substance abuse and future delinquency in the state of Florida.
The FINS program is funded by the State of Florida and is currently for families living in the following counties:
In Central Florida: Brevard, Duval, Flagler, Lake, Polk, Osceola, Orange, Palm Beach, Seminole, St. Johns, and Volusia Counties.
In South Florida: Broward, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Palm Beach
These specialized courses are designed to help troubled teens ages 12-17 to transition their lives in more meaningful and positive directions. It is designed to help with:
FINS-community students are referred by parents, schools, social services agencies and community organizations such as teen court, drug court, civil citation, and local crisis runaway shelters.
FINS-community programs are broken into two components: Wilderness Expedition and Follow-Up Component. Together, through the use of the evidence-based model, youth and family focus on:
Youth participate in an intense 20-day wilderness expedition focused on and promoting success-oriented skill-building and mastery in a wilderness setting. This is followed by an intensive 10-day transition to focus on home and school issues. Families will be served for an additional 8 weeks with the possibility of continuing for up to six months based on need. Youth and/or families participate in the following program components:
Parental support and interaction play a crucial role in the success of the program.
Parents are required to:
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