Every year Floridians are faced with the possibility of hurricanes. Hurricanes have had devastating effects on many communities in Florida, and every year the possibility exists that communities will be hit by hurricanes during the summer and fall months. During the months of potential hurricanes, it is important to plan for the worst and hope that it never happens. For example, you and your family may be asked to leave your home due to some emergency conditions in your community. Have a plan for a possible evacuation and be prepared to evacuate. This 3-page fact sheet lists fifteen things to keep in mind. Written by Elizabeth Bolton and Muthusami Kumaran and published by the Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences, May 2015.
Getting married and staying married require a complicated calculus of factors that must come together to produce healthy and satisfying relationships. While couple interactional processes tend to be the most predictive of whether or not they will stay together and find happiness, background and contextual factors and individual traits also factor heavily into the equation. Finding two socks that match (and don’t wear out) is much more likely to occur when the relationship is based upon a deep and enduring friendship. Asking the question, “Will this choice enhance or diminish my marital friendship?” and then choosing to make the choices that will enhance the marital friendship more often than not are healthy strategies for success. This 5-page fact sheet was written by Victor W. Harris, Gilon Marts, and Muthusami Kumaran, and published by the UF Department of Family Youth and Community Sciences, March 2013.
Building a program like C.A.M.P. Gator for an institute of higher learning takes a great deal of planning, communication, and leadership. This 3-page fact sheet discusses the steps required to coordinate such a program. Written by Emily Rickerson, Matthew Ohlson, Kate Fogarty, Muthusami Kumaran, and Dale Pracht , and published by the UF Department of Family Youth and Community Sciences, August 2011. (Photo © C.A.M.P. Gator)
Community forums are about participatory democracy at a local level. They involve gathering citizens of a community together to discuss issues, make choices on how to deal with them, and develop common ground to resolve those issues. This 4-page fact sheet provides suggestions for leading and conducting a forum on youth substance abuse, based on the National Issues Forums (NIF) model. Written by Emily Rickerson, Muthusami Kumaran, and Kate Fogarty, and published by the UF Department of Family Youth and Community Sciences, August 2011. (Photo ©Grand Rapids, MI)
Today’s youth are facing a number of troubling issues including substance abuse, family disturbances, bullying, low morale resulting in low academic achievement, dropping out of school, and more. Having someone who cares about youth, to talk to them about the issues they face and mentoring them, can be a positive factor for all involved. This 3-page fact sheet was written by Emily Rickerson, Muthusami Kumaran, and Kate Fogarty about a collegiate mentor service learning program at the University of Florida., and published by the UF Department of Family Youth and Community Sciences, August 2011. (Photo © C.A.M.P. Gator)
Developing a new program can present many challenges at any level. This 2-page fact sheet describes a number of challenges that arise at various stages of developing a mentoring program. Written by Emily Rickerson, Matthew Ohlson, Kate Fogarty, and Muthusami Kumaran, and published by the UF Department of Family Youth and Community Sciences, August 2011. (Photo © C.A.M.P. Gator)