What We Do

We aspire to engage and unite our community to impart an optimal health message that develops youth who are educated, equipped, and empowered to build healthy relationships and families

Aspire exists to share the life changing message of healthy relationships by providing youth with the skills & encouragement needed to avoid risky behaviors and make healthy choices.

WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO

Citrus County youth are more likely to participate in high-risk behaviors than youth overall in Florida. According to the Safe and Drug-Free Schools Evaluation of Citrus County, in 2010 34% of youth ages 10-17, reported having one or more alcoholic drinks nearly everyday, compared to the overall state average of 30%. Citrus County youth also have higher usage rates for cigarettes & illicit drugs than the overall statewide usage rates for this age group. Research has continued to reveal a correlation between these high-risk behaviors and more serious life challenges, including the transmission of sexually transmitted diseases, dating & domestic violence, and teen pregnancy. Currently in the U.S., ¼ sexually active teens will get an STD,[1] and teen birth rates are higher in Citrus than both state & national averages.[2]

[1] Center for Disease Control www.cdc.gov/std 2012
[2] Florida Charts www.floridacharts.com 2012

HOW WE DO WHAT WE DO

How can youth learn to thrive both now and in the future? This program empowers teens to live, love and lead well. We believe that healthy relationships create healthy families, which are the backbone of a healthy community.

Meet Our Staff Who Makes This Happen

High School Programming: Funding for this program provided in part by the Florida Department of Health. 
 

Middle School Programming: Funding for this program provided by a grant from the Citrus County Community Charitable Foundation, Inc.

High School and Middle School Programs are made possible by the tremendous in-kind support from the CCCB, Student Services, administrators, and students at the Citrus County School District.