Uplift with A.S.S.I.S.T.

September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. Suicide is the third leading cause of death in Florida for youth ages 10-19. Awareness of this public health problem is the key to preventing further suffering and loss of life.

The Annual UpLift with A.S.S.I.S.T. Dinner/Silent Auction is scheduled for Thursday, October 19 from 6-9 p.m. at the Character Counts Conference Center on the FCTC campus.  Tickets are available for a $25 donation at INK-Stjohns.org.

This year’s theme is “Breaking Down Barriers…One Student at a Time.” Nearly 900 St. Johns County students qualified for assistance under the federal McKinney-Vento Act last school year.  With the generous support of the community, the A.S.S.I.S.T. program was able to provide backpacks, school supplies, clothing and shoes, personal care items, holiday food baskets, PE uniforms, athletic and club fees, before and after school care, graduation fees, college tours, admission fees, and much more.