Shaking Up Citrus County
Aspire Relationship Center is a local non-profit founded in 2010 focused on promoting healthy choices and awareness for Citrus County youth. Aspire exists to share the life changing message of healthy relationships by providing youth with the skills & encouragement needed to avoid risky behaviors & make healthy choices.
“Citrus County youth are more likely to participate in high-risk behaviors than youth overall in Florida. According to the Safe and Drug-Free Schools Evaluation of Citrus County, in 2010 34% of youth ages 10-17, reported having one or more alcoholic drinks nearly everyday, compared to the overall state average of 30% (Aspire).”
Through local community events and in-classroom programs like the RIVER Project, Aspire hopes to educate, equip, encourage, and empower at risk age groups with a strong and positive health message.
What is the RIVER Project?
The RIVER (Reaching Intentional Victory, Expecting Reality) Project is a school based, risk-avoidance program that encourages teens to be intentional about avoiding risk and choosing health – despite the confusing reality of being a teen today. The RIVER Project empowers teens to make informed decisions regarding relationships, goals, media influence, communication, dating and sexual health. The RIVER Project equips students to stay clearheaded & intentional on the way to their future, staying away from the drama of drug use, unhealthy relationships & sex too soon. The RIVER Project utilizes research-based curriculum REAL Essentials from the Center for Relationship Education.
Get Involved. Get Inspired.
If you’re interested in continuing to help Aspire and the RIVER Project reach their goal of educating all Citrus County children the best way to do so is through donations. Donations to Aspire are used to help fund local events and in-classroom programs. To donate click here or contact Aspire at (352) 423-1271 .
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