Prime Time and Youth Speak Out International Partnered to Bring Social and Emotional Youth Enrichment Program to Juvenile Detention Center

October 15, 2019

Boynton Beach, FL – Prime Time Palm Beach County and Youth Speak Out International partnered to bring a life-changing two-week program, Life’s Purpose™, to the Palm Beach Regional Juvenile Detention Center so youth, ages 14-18 years old, could have the opportunity to empower themselves and their families to live a purposeful life.

“I created my purpose, mission and life goals. I now have to live by these codes. I will be successful in life.” – participant of Life’s Purpose™ , 17 years old, Florida Department of Juvenile Justice Palm Beach Regional Juvenile Detention Center.

Through the Life’s Purpose™ program, the youth explored their purpose and mission in life by participating in group discussions, mentoring, self-exploration, and collaboration with peers and adults to better equip them to enter the workplace. Youth worked with mentors in both small and large groups, discussing and documenting personal three-year goals and reflecting on personal knowledge gained to create a Life’s Purpose™ collage that helped them to visualize their purposefulness in ways to manifest their present thoughts into future realities.

“I’ve worked at DJJ for more than 15 years and Life’s Purpose™ Youth Empowerment Program is one of the most effective life skills programs I have encountered.” - Assistant Detention Center Superintendent Captain Welton Sanders, Florida Department of Juvenile Justice Palm Beach Regional Juvenile Detention Center.

Participants learned to operate production equipment to document their personal experiences along the way.  Their stories were showcased at a culminating forum where they presented their personal mission, purpose and three-year goals to each other, family, friends, mentors and professionals in the community.

“Thank you for helping my son make a change in his life. He now talks about having goals and wanting to finish high school.” - Parent of Life’s Purpose™ participant, Florida Department of Juvenile Justice Palm Beach Regional Juvenile Detention Center.

To learn more about Life’s Purpose™, please visit:


Youth Speak Out International Board Chairman Arlene L. Connelly (left) and Program Specialist & Faciliator William Desravines Jr. (right) showcase participants purpose statements.


About Prime Time Palm Beach County
Prime Time Palm Beach County is a nonprofit organization that provides resources and supports for out-of-school time professionals to develop programs that inspire children to be their best and allow them to thrive socially and academically. Prime Time’s integrated model of services is one of the strongest, most comprehensive and well-respected systems for measuring and improving out-of-school time program quality in the nation. To learn more about Prime Time, visit


About Youth Speak Out International
Youth Speak Out International is a 501(c)3 organization that promotes media literacy as a key means of countering media stereotyping. This approach encourages openness with objectivity, fosters tolerance, understanding and respect in today’s society. Youth Speak Out has effectively educated more than 9,240 youth from different backgrounds in South Florida, Belize, Jamaica and Costa Rica. With an innovative hands-on curriculum, Youth Speak Out delivers creative instruction that fosters interpersonal communication, critical thinking, self-exploration, public speaking, on-screen technology regulation, media production, life skills and job readiness.

About Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County
The Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County provides significant funding for Prime Time’s overall operations. Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County, a special district created by Palm Beach County voters, provides leadership, funding, and research on behalf of the county’s children so they grow up healthy, safe and strong. For more information, visit




Katie Jacob
Communications Manager

Prime Time Palm Beach County