How did CCYS get started?
Capital City Youth Services was born in 1993 due to the “Someplace Else” emergency shelter, which had been managed by the YMCA for the previous 16 years, breaking off and becoming its own legal non-profit entity. Since then, CCYS has added numerous programs.
How has CCYS evolved over the years?
CCYS offered the emergency shelter and added the individual and family-based counseling services. In 2010, upon my hire, we started to change the entire agency to provide more to the community in order to address needs that had been previously identified. We received our first national accreditation from the Council on Accreditation in February 2011 and were re-accredited in the early spring 2015. In the expansion of our services, we first added the Street Outreach “Going Places” Program in January 2013, which started as a mobile team who would identify homeless youth on the streets. During the spring of 2014, the drop-in center for the street outreach team opened next to Decent Pizza and moved to its current location in Railroad Square back in February 2015. We expanded our counseling services in 2013 out to our surrounding counties by opening offices in Gadsden, Madison, Jefferson, Taylor, Franklin, and Wakulla counties. Also in 2013, we initiated and completed our building project, constructing a new facility that would house our newly formed Transitional Living Program for youth ages 16-20. The program was initiated in December 2013. Finally, we have just initiated our latest program – SNAP (Stop Now and Plan), which works with boys ages 6-10 and their parents in group settings.
What do you want visitors and locals to know about CCYS that they may not already know?
We deal with youth from the ages of 6-20 years of age and finance our programs through a multitude of diversified funding sources which include federal, state, and local government funding, as well as from the United Way, FEMA, Department of Agriculture, and strong support from our local individual donors.
Where did the idea for the Tally Awards come from?
The Tally Awards was started by a group of volunteers about 10 years ago, who were looking to award Tallahassee’s favorite businesses. The volunteers would then choose what organization would benefit from the ticket sales. In November 2010, CCYS was approached by Ed Mills, the founder of the Tally Awards, who was looking to have the Tally Awards become a signature event for a non-profit that could manage it. CCYS agreed to take on the project and will now be hosting the event for its 5th year on March 5, 2016.
What is it like when you announce the winners of the Tally Awards at the reception?
It’s a celebration and even those that do not take home a Tally Award have a great time networking, socializing, and dancing throughout the night.
What’s next for CCYS and the Tally Awards?
Just to continue expanding awareness of our event throughout the community. Last year, we had nearly 625 people attend the show at the Moon. We look to improve the entertainment of the evening as well moving forward, focusing on recognized bands that people will want to see.
What social media does CCYS and the Tally Awards use?
Facebook and Twitter
Describe CCYS and the Tally Awards in 5 words or less
– “Celebration of Tallahassee’s favorite businesses”, “networking opportunities, supporting local businesses and youth”, “fun and exciting”, “attended by business and community leaders”