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BRAZEN Summer Youth Rally and Adult/Parent Workshop and Dinner to be held on June 26

By Florida Department of Health in Marion County

June 19, 2018


OCALA, Fla.—The Florida Department of Health in Marion County’s BRAZEN program is set to host its signature event next week along with an event just for adults.

On June 26, BRAZEN will host its annual Summer Youth Rally from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Marion Oaks Community Center (294 Marion Oaks Lane, Ocala). The event is for youths ages 11 to 18 and will feature motivational speaker EJ Carrion. Carrion will present, “How to find your passion and take massive action and get an A-plus in school and life: Practical tools to break through limitations.” Attendees will also enjoy a DJ, free pizza, games and prizes. One lucky attendee will go home with a free tablet computer.

Later that evening, Carrion’s audience will switch to adults. Carrion will speak at the BRAZEN Parent/Adult Workshop and Dinner from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Medical Health Center (1714 SW 17th St., Ocala). While enjoying a free dinner, attendees can learn how to solve the “overbooked adult, overlooked student problem.” The department encourages caregivers, parents and adults who work with pre-teens and teens to attend the evening event. In addition to the complimentary meal, attendees will have a chance to win a $100 gift card along with other great prizes.

It’s free to attend both events, and no RSVP is needed. Please ensure only adults attend the Parent/Adult Workshop and Dinner; children cannot be accommodated at that location.

BRAZEN began more than 20 years ago in Marion County as an abstinence-only program. Today the program continues as a grant-funded sexual risk avoidance program that works with youths and adults. The program seeks to empower pre-teens and teens with important factual information to help them make healthy decisions. The program aims to help them avoid the dangers of alcohol, avoid pregnancy and STDs, develop healthy relationships and teach them the skills to overcome social and peer pressure.

The program works with local middle and high schools and community partners. Program staff are also available to speak to community groups and can tailor presentations and workshops to a specific topic if there is a need.

For more information about the BRAZEN Summer Youth Rally or Parent/Adult Workshop and Dinner on June 26 or about the BRAZEN program, please contact Kim Pike at 352-644-2714.