Community Chronicles
January 2019 Issue 1
Message from our Executive Director
Welcome 2019!
As we welcome in a new year, we realize it is a time of resolutions. Starting off with the best intentions, oftentimes we make the same ones: exercise more, spend less, eat better, work smarter. The first month, maybe even the second goes well because we are focused. Imagine a fitness center filled to capacity with a line outside on January 2nd but by March 1st there are no more than 10 people getting a good sweat in. Why? It’s not about a lack of motivation or change in attitude. Most times, it is because we stopped focusing on what we want most and begin to focus on what we want now.

This year, we at Safe & Sound Hillsborough commit to focus on what we want most. We want a community brought together to focus on solutions to the issues we face. Instead of the “right now” mode of just talking about issues, we commit to working together with residents, public officials, agencies, churches, mosques, free thinkers, students, parents, teachers, and anyone else with an ear to listen and hands to help.

2018 showed us that it is imperative for mental health solutions to be a priority in our community. We will work to increase awareness, identify gaps, and determine services available as well as the issues surrounding access to them.

2018 showed us that our youth are in desperate need for mentors. We will work smarter with our current and potential partners to make sure our youth know that there are people here in this community that care about THEIR success…whether anyone gets credit or not.

2018 showed us that we have to work on identifying gaps in policies that shape our environment. We will continue to work with all of the agencies surrounding Safe & Sound Hillsborough to review these policies and see where we can bridge the gaps for the betterment of our residents.

We will continue our community events, youth programming, summer slide prevention projects, annual conference, mental health first aid training and other initiatives. We want to sustain those NOW and EVERYDAY. But what we want MOST and will work harder than ever before to achieve, is getting the experts involved. Those are the residents, the youth, those that are most at risk, to help us in our efforts.

We look forward to many new relationships and partnerships in 2019. We want most in this new year to know that we are ALL carrying out the vision of Safe & Sound Hillsborough: Working together to build strong families, safe schools and healthy communities.

Happy New Year!
Freddy Barton
Executive Director
Safe & Sound Hillsborough
Boys Night Out at Kings Forest
It takes a village to ensure that our youth are safe and out of trouble. In December, we held our first Boys Night Out at Kings Forest Recreation Center in partnership with Brothers United Building Brothers Alliance, a non-profit organization founded by our 2018 Community Builder JaLem Robinson . Fostering new friendships, over 40 youth (grades 6 through 12) and 10 mentors participated in a great night of interactive games and activities. Our night out events bring youth and community mentors together in a safe space to hang out with an array of activities that encourage bonding, increase social skills and are plenty of fun. We plan to make the Boys Night Out a monthly event to keep male youth positively engaged in the community.

The first Girls Night Out will be held in February and is open to girls in grades 6 through 12. If you are interested in being a mentor or hosting one of our night out events, please contact Sammecia Bagley at 813-461-0816 or email
Ready Steady Yeti Go!

Come join us at the premiere of Stageworks production of Ready Steady Yeti Go! on Thursday, January 7, 2019 . Proceeds will benefit Hillsborough County students. To learn more about the play and to purchase tickets, click the link below:

Safe & Sound Hillsborough
is Growing!
Sammecia Bagley is our new Manager of Communications and Outreach. Ms. Bagley brings over 20 years of experience in project management, outreach and marketing to the collaborative and will be responsible for strategic communications, community engagement and program sustainability. Welcome to the family!
3rd Annual Violence Prevention Conference

Volunteers Needed!

We are gearing up for the 3rd Annual Violence Prevention Conference - SafeSummit'19 and looking forward to working with our faithful volunteers and youth leaders. Its going to be an exciting day of workshops, speakers and activities for the community!

Want to get involved or know someone who would be a great fit? There are a variety of committees to choose from.

Just send us an email at .
Calendar of Events

January 4th
SafeSummit'19 VPC Planning Meeting
3:00 PM
January 8th
Faith & Wellness Planning Meeting
2:00 PM
Family Health & Well-being Committee
3:00 PM
January 12th
MLK Day of Service Teen Summit
8:30 AM
Greater Bethel M.B. Church
Vision Zero Mural Project
9:00 AM
Cleveland Elementary
January 17th
Finance Committee Meeting
9:30 AM
Executive Committee Meeting
10:00 AM
January 22nd
Leadership Council Meeting
1:00 PM

All meetings are open to the public and are held at the Children's Board of Hillsborough County unless otherwise noted. For more information on how to get involved, contact our office at
2018-2019 Leadership Council
Julianne Holt, Chair
Hillsborough County
Public Defender
13th Judicial Circuit
Kenneth Albano, Vice Chair
Chief of Police, Temple Terrace
City of Temple Terrace
Kelley Parris
Executive Director
Children's Board of Hillsborough County
Bill McDaniel
City Manager
City of Plant City
Calvin Johnson
Major, Tampa Police
City of Tampa
Lesley "Les" Miller
Hillsborough County
Cindy Stuart
School Board Member
Hillsborough County Schools
Captain Thomas St. John
Hillsborough County
Sheriff's Office
Andrew H. Warren
State Attorney for the
13th Judicial Circuit
Gina Justice
Court Administrator
Thirteenth Judicial Circuit Court of
Hillsborough County
Managing Fiscal Agent for
Safe & Sound Hillsborough
Safe & Sound Hillsborough
1002 East Palm Avenue
Suite 200
Tampa, FL 33605
Office: (813) 327-8317