FLITE Center Honors Those Who Make A Difference At Signature Grand Heroes Luncheon

FLITE Center, a nonprofit organization dedicated to guiding vulnerable youth and those aging out of foster care for successful transition to independence through housing, education, employment, and system of care coordination, hosted its fifth annual Signature Grand Heroes Luncheon. The event, held at Signature Grand, was hosted by WPLG Local 10 Anchor Gio Insignares.  The luncheon honored FLITE Center’s partners, funders and frontline staff from collaborating organizations who support and dedicate their lives to impacting youth in South Florida’s Transitional Independent Living (TIL) System of Care. The growing organization recently expanded its professional team and services into West Palm Beach and celebrated the grand opening of its facility at 816 Ninth Street.  “FLITE Center is proud to acknowledge and honor our heroes – those individuals, companies and partner organizations who are committed to helping us create a better life for South Florida youth in need of a new path,” said Christine Frederick, CEO of FLITE Center. “Last year, we assisted close to 2,400 young adults in the Transitional Independent Living (TIL) System of Care with access to unlimited services all under one roof. We are grateful for the ongoing support that allows us to continue positively impact and guide young adults toward a brighter future.”  This year’s honorees and their respective award categories are:

Christina L. Spudeas, Retired Executive Director, Florida’s Children First and Mrs. Sandra Jackson and Mr. Darian Jackson – Albert & Beatriz Miniaci Lifetime Heroes Award
Office of the State Attorney, 17th Judicial Circuit – UKG Ultimate Acts of Kindness
Broward College – Gore Family Memorial Foundation You Matter Award
SunServe and Our Fund Foundation – Memorial Healthcare System Collaborator of the Year
Dr. Heidi Schaeffer, Human Trafficking Intervention & Awareness Expert – TIL System of Care Impact Award
Broward Behavioral Health Coalition and Health Foundation of South Florida – TIL System of Care Hero Award
Uniyah Gollette and Anthony Dyles – TIL Youth Heroes Awards
Frontline Staff from Collaborating Organizations in the TIL System of Care – Unsung Heroes

FLITE (Fort Lauderdale Independence, Training & Education) Center was created in 2009 through a partnership of the Community Foundation of Broward, the United Way of Broward and the Junior League of Greater Fort Lauderdale, with the intent of offering comprehensive access to services for youth aging out of foster care. A not-for-profit organization, FLITE Center has become the hub of all support services for transitioning youth to become successful adults within a safe, nurturing environment that promotes personal growth while developing practical life skills.