Sources of Strength is a research based, best practice youth suicide prevention program designed to harness the power of peer social networks to change unhealthy norms and culture, ultimately preventing suicide, bullying and substance abuse.  The mission of Sources of Strength is to prevent suicide by increasing help seeking behaviors and promoting connections between peers and caring adults. This upstream model utilizes multiple sources of support with a focus on 8 protective factors that teens can rely on when going through a difficult time.


By 2018, this three year project will reach all five North Brevard secondary public schools: Andrew Jackson Middle School, James Madison Middle School, Astronaut High School, Titusville High School and Space Coast Junior/Senior High School.  For more information, call 321-264-0855 or email Kathy.simonsen@parrishmed.com








Mission:  A community connection for families with children of varying abilities in North Brevard…encouraging acceptance through advocacy, education, support and leadership.

Background:  A focus group of parents, teens with varying abilities and representatives from The Children’s Center have been meeting with the common goal of meeting the needs of teenagers in north Brevard. There has also been input and support from the YMCA, Parks and Recreation, and Special Olympics for program implementation.

The purpose of this group is to promote integration of teens into current social and health/wellness events and activities throughout the community.

The primary focus is:

Advocacy, Education, Support and Leadership 

Goal:  To provide disability awareness, knowledge and acceptance from individuals, businesses and groups in the community.

Goal:  To offer volunteer services at public and/or private community events.

Goal:  To offer symposiums/workshops to families as requested/needed on issues specific to individuals with special developmental or health care needs.

For more information or to volunteer, contact childrenscenter@parrishmed.com

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The especially 4 teens group expanded and transitioned into e4U.

eSpecially4You (e4U) was born of personal experiences that parents were facing as their children with unique abilities grew into adolescents and soon enough, young adults! Tricia Parrish, Teresa Snodgrass, and Lori Duester of The Children’s Center established the grassroots effort in 2012.  Today e4u advocates through community education, social media, and personal outreach to bring age-appropriate opportunities to teens, as well as those transitioning from school into the adult world. e4U’s successes have led to numerous collaborations:  an active Facebook presence for events; formation of the Best Buddies Club at Titusville High School, Sensory Sensitive plays at Titusville Playhouse; North Brevard Connections support group for parents; expanded art and Special Olympic programs; and coming soon, a young adult day program.  e4U’s next initiative is to establish a communitywide workforce inclusion and sensitivity training program for North Brevard businesses.

For more information about e4U: especially_4_you@aol.com




North Brevard Connections (NBC) NBC is a casual support group for parents and caregivers of children (all ages through adult children) with special needs. Join us the 2nd & 4th Friday mornings, 9:30am-11:30am, as we make connections, develop relationships and grow our circle of resources. Kids are welcome. The group is hosted by, The Children’s Center and facilitated by Caladium Learning Center and Early Steps.  Must pre-register if child care is needed.  For more information, please call us at 321-264-0855, or email us at ChildrensCenter@ParrishMed.com.

Brevard Public Schools – for advocacy support, contact the Family Liaison Project.  321-242-6430 ext. 5004