Rotary Club Awards Grant to In Search of Me Café Program

The Rotary Club selected the teen room of the Fernandina Beach Boys & Girls Club for In Search of Me Cafe.

Stan CottleAmelia Island, FL – The Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise matched a grant from the Rotary District 6970 Foundation to fund implementation of the In Search of Me Café life skills learning program for teens. The Rotary Club selected the teen room of the newly opened Fernandina Beach Boys & Girls Club as the program implementation site.

Sharon Stanley, the Rotary Club’s Foundation Chair, delivered a progress report on the project to the Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise on Friday, October 26 during its regular meeting. Accompanied by a PowerPoint presentation featuring grant objectives and images of the teen room in action, Ms. Stanley illustrated how the In Search of Me Café program meets the various Areas of Focus outlined by the Rotary Foundation grant.

In Search of Me Café Founder Stan Cottle joined Ms. Stanley to report progress on the implementation process and announce that the In Search of Me Café program plans to begin operating at the new site later this fall. Based on the 300% increase in teen enrollment at another Boys & Girls Club location, Mr. Cottle described how the curriculum-based In Search of Me Café program will meet a critical need shared by many Boys & Girls Clubs: to attract and retain teen members at their location.

Implementing the In Search of Me Café program into the Fernandina Beach Boys & Girls Club represents a successful example for other Rotary Clubs to follow in order to serve deserving young people in their respective communities nationwide.

The In Search of Me Café program is operated by In Search of Me, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. To learn more about the program, visit www.InSearchOfMeCafe.org.

The Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise meets every Friday at 7:30 am. at the Fernandina Beach Golf Club. For more information about the Rotary Club or to attend a morning breakfast meeting, please go to www.ameliaislandrotary.com.

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