Tykes & Teens 2nd annual "Stars Over Stuart" talent competition had a fantastic turn out Friday, April 12th at the 10th Street Community Center. The event featured an impressive array of performing talents by area middle and high school students. The one requirement - everything must have a positive message! Winners are chosen by a panel of local judges including our very own Jennifer Jones, Kristal Wion-Eckhardt, Trisha Green Kukuvka of Martin County Sheriff's Office and Chief Joseph Tumminelli of the Stuart Police Department. The evening was hosted by Charles Jones, and was kicked off with a performance by Florida Arts & Dance Company, who also closed the show.
Congratulations to the high school 1st place winner, Aramis Stone and 2nd place winner, Julian Soriano. Leila Hannans nabbed 1st place for middle school and Samaya Henry took 2nd. The People’s Choice trophy was awarded to Ms. Leila Hannans.
This event is spearheaded by Tykes & Teens, with community partners: The city of Stuart, Stuart Police Department, Stuart Community Center, StarStruck Theatre and Martin County Sheriffs Office. This event was made possible through funding from the Children's Services Council of Martin County.
*Photo courtesy of Tykes & Teens Facebook Page @TykesTeens
Tykes & Teens was established in 1996 with the goal of strengthening local families by ensuring that all children have access to high quality counseling and mental health services, regardless of financial status. The agency provides a comprehensive range of programming in Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River and Okeechobee counties.
Counseling services are provided on a sliding scale at more than 50 locations across the Treasure Coast including 3 outpatient offices in Palm City, Hobe Sound and Jensen Beach, onsite in all Martin County and Okeechobee schools, and at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Martin County. They manage the Healthy Families program in Indian River County, and Infant Mental Health is provided across all 4 counties, including services in 230 homes.
Their Prevention Services division has provided more than 300 free community events designed to prevent substance use, dating violence and suicide among local youth, and administers a youth alcohol prevention curriculum in Martin County middle schools.
Tykes & Teens has provided direct services to more than 30,000 local families, and also seeks to advocate for increased awareness of mental health in order to remove the stigma and shame often associated with seeking mental health treatment. If you are in need of counseling services for your child, please call (772) 220-3439.