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PCSO News Release

Media Contact:
Eleazer, Carrie

News Date: 4/5/2007 

 Girls Villa Invites Public to First Open House 

On Saturday, April 14, 2007, the Florida Sheriffs Ranches Youth Villa for Girls, in Bartow, will open its doors for their First Annual Open House. This year marks a significant milestone in the history of children’s charities, as the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches celebrates its 50 year anniversary. 

The Youth Ranches was founded in 1957 by two sheriffs who wanted to provide a brighter and more promising future to Florida’s at-risk children. Since then, the Youth Ranches has reached thousands of children and their families through a broad range of services, including residential, camp, and community-based programs. 

The Youth Villa in Bartow is one of 4 residential sites operated by the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches. The Villa provides a home for girls that provides structure, education, and traditional family values.  Girls from ages 8-18 come to the Youth Villa from a variety of backgrounds. Some have been abandoned or abused, others might be struggling academically and socially. Each child entering the program is encouraged to set goals and strive for personal achievement. Community involvement, including the Bartow Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Youth Villa Classic Golf Tournament, has been the key to success at the Villa. 

If you would like to visit the Youth Villa located just east of Bartow on Highway 60, come out on Saturday, April 14 from 11 am to 1:30 pm. The girls will be providing tours of the campus and a barbecue lunch will be served from 11:30 am until 12:30 pm. For more information, call Joyce at 863-533-0371.

Media representatives are encouraged to attend this event! Photo and video opportunities will be made available!