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Eckerd Youth Alternatives helping youth and families for over 40 years. This 40th anniversary 20 page Annual Report reviews our timeline from the start of our first program opening in 1968 to the most recent acquisition in 2008 and the continuation to expand our continuum of care.


  • Celebrating 40 years of helping children succeed.

    2008 Annual Report

  • ContentsLetter

    p. 2

    1960s p. 3

    1970s p. 4

    1980s p. 5

    1990s p. 6

    2000s p. 7

    2008 Fiscal Year p. 8

    Highlights p. 9

    Program Location Map p. 10

    Program & Youth Data p. 11

    Acknowledgements p. 12

    Financial Statement p. 13

    Community Advisory Council p. 14

    Jack and Ruth Eckerd Childrens Success Fund p. 16

    Success Stories p. 17

    Eckerd Youth Alternatives Leadership

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    Kenneth Massey, J.D., Chief Development Ofcer

  • The beginning of many


    I n many ways, 2008 was a year of beginnings. We launched ve new community-based iVi}>]i>`i`/i>]ii`i`>i>V>`ii}>>`

    became the lead agency for community-based care in Pinellas and Pasco Counties.


    of those rst kids whose lives were turned around have now successfully reached middle age.

    And the organization devoted to helping them get there has reached a new level of maturity, too.

  • 2An anniversary year is an especially good time for an organization to look back on where it >Lii>`v>`>ivi>i/>,ii>Lito celebrate not only our tremendous accomplishments over the past 40 years, but also the amazing legacy of our founders, Jack and Ruth Eckerd.

    >i>>>i]i`Vi`iVii>`i/i>i>}>vEckerd Youth Alternatives (EYA) to invest in organizational growth and achieve even greater excellencea plan that saw consistent progress in scal year 2008. As we reect on the past years accomplishments, we see a new Eckerd Youth Alternatives emerging.

    Make no mistakeour mission remains the same as it was in 1968. Our commitment to i}i>VV`>iVVii`>}/i>`vviiVithat we are serving more youth and families through more community-based programming, and were serving them more effectively. While residential programs will always be an important part of EYAs continuum of care, we are proactively adapting to the national shift in youth services towards specialized residential programs and community-based alternatives.

    We have also signicantly tightened our administrative costs in 2008, while increasing direct care staff and innovative programming. All of this was accomplished to be the nest stewards of resources that we can possibly be in these tough economic times and to serve even more youth and families to our highest potential.

    Eckerd Youth Alternatives in 2008 also reached out to communities as never before, both to share the news of the nearly 90,000 youth we have helped during the past 40 years, and to seek support in our continuing efforts. We celebrated our 40th anniversary with a year-long series of activities and launched our rst ever Alumni Association.

    We are proud to stand among EYAs dedicated staff of about 1,400 who have made EYA one of the nest youth services organizations in the nation. In 2008, we reached beyond our grasp and achieved more than we ever thought possible. Jack and Ruth Eckerd would have expected no less from us. Every year, every day, we seek to help more kids in more and better ways. We invite you to learn more about EYA and our accomplishments. We also invite you to join us in improving the futureone child at a time.


    Dear Friends,

    David Dennis, President & CEO

    Kennedy C. OHerron,


  • 3Eckerd Youth Alternatives Through the Yea rs

    1960s A Humble Beginning

    Jack and Ruth Eckerd touring the very rst campsite at E-How-Kee (now known as Eckerd Academy at i`}}>`i}Vii1968. E-How-Kee was the rst outdoor therapeutic program in Florida.From 1968

    until 1985, Eckerd Youth Alternatives was known as the Jack and Ruth Eckerd Foundation.

    When E-Nini-Hassee opened in Floral City, Florida, in 1969, it was the nations rst outdoor therapeutic program for girls.

    Ringing in the New Year (1969) with the promise of

    new beginnings and new hope at E-How-Kee.

    Although most people are aware that Jack Eckerd revolutionized the drug store industry, few know that he and his wife Ruth were national pioneers in `iii/i`i>vv`}Vi`Youth Alternatives happened in 1967, when Jack

    Eckerd read a magazine article about a remarkable outdoor i>iV}>v/i>V>i`i>>->i>Club. At the time, the prevailing treatment for youth who could not be helped through school or community counseling was hospitalization.

    >V>`,Liii`in crisis deserved a better treatment >i>i>Vi`i/i>

    program, and became convinced that Floridas youth deserved such a similar positive, nurturing approach to turning their lives around. In n]iV>i`nn>Vii]Florida, and opened a small outdoor therapeutic program for boys, named E-How-Kee. It was the rst outdoor therapeutic program in Florida. /ii>VVivii>Vi`V>`i>ii`iestablishment of an outdoor therapeutic program for girls, E-Nini-Hassee, in Floral City, Florida.

    In the 1960s, the Eckerds did not have a strategic plan for Eckerd Youth Alternatives to become one of the nations leading youth services organizations. In fact, the organization was not even called Eckerd Youth Alternatives back in those days. (It was called the Jack and Ruth Eckerd Foundation.) /iVi`>>ii`iV>community, and stepped up to help.

  • 41970s The Reputation Grows

    /i}>i>v>V>`,Vi``therapeutic programs soon became widespread throughout Florida. In 1972, Floridas Governor Rubin Askew approached Jack to expand the outdoor therapeutic programs, and by 1976, the organization had four outdoor programs under contract with the Florida Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services. /iiwv}>]iV>i`iVi`7`iiEducational System, exemplied Jack Eckerds belief that the private sector could successfully partner with government in providing effective services for youth.

    /ii>viVi`>>Vi}spread to other states. In 1977, North Carolinas Governor Jim Hunt approached Jack Eckerd to open an outdoor therapeutic }>i/>ii->iiii>`]Vi`established four outdoor therapeutic programs under contract with the North Carolina Department of Human Resources, and opened wV>i i>i]6iii`vthe decade, the Jack and Ruth Eckerd Foundation had nine outdoor therapeutic programs nationwide.

    Four of the seven outdoor therapeutic programs opened during the 1970s were in North Carolina. Here, Jack Eckerd helps iLL`>wi>/Kalu in Hendersonville.

    /iwV>i>E-Kel-Etu in Silver Springs, Florida, consisted of tee-pees.



    therapeutic programs

    were called iVi`Wilderness Education -i

    Eckerd Youth Alternatives rst outdoor therapeutic program outside of the Southeastern United States (E-Wen-Akee) ii`i]6i] in 1978.

    Eckerd Youth Alternatives Through the Yea rs

  • 51980s Reaching Out to More Youth n]`>iL>>]impressed with the success of Eckerd "`/i>iV*}>]>i`Jack Eckerd to take over operations of a struggling, state-run residential i>iV}>v`ii>i`>-Vv"iiVLii]`>/>}>]known as Eckerd Youth Development Center, became Eckerds rst residential

    therapeutic program in the state of Florida and paved the way for a second such program in 1989.

    Expansion of Eckerd outdoor therapeutic programs continued throughout the 1980s with four more program openings in the Northeast and /iiiiii`vi`iV>`i]iiii12 Eckerd outdoor therapeutic programs and two residential therapeutic programs spread across six states.

    In 1985, the Jack and Ruth Eckerd Foundation changed its name to Eckerd Family Youth Alternatives, V/iilogo was drawn from an actual photograph of Jack Eckerd.

    Although public-private partnerships in juvenile services are common today, the Jack and Ruth Eckerd Foundation pioneered the privatization v`>iiVi}>>iiiviiL>>

    1Vi`9i>i}L}]>V>`,Vi`i}>hosted special events for youth at their home in Clearwater, Florida.


    Eckerd Youth Alternatives Through the Yea rs

    An aerial view of E-Sun-Alee (now known as Eckerd V>`i>ii`}i/iiii/ii]>former catsh farm, boasts more than 20 ponds and lakes.

  • 6Can we help prevent kids from getting into trouble? />>ii>VVi``>vinearly two decades of serving struggling youth through residential programming. Seeing a need to boost academic and social skills in younger children to keep them on the right path, Eckerd Family Youth Alternatives launched Eckerd Early Intervention and Prevention Services in Florida elementary schools.

    Also recognizing that young people need continued support when they return home from residential treatment, Eckerd began offering ReEntry services throughout Florida in 1993 to help youth successfully transition to their home communities through aftercare services.

    ii`vi`iV>`i]viresidential therapeutic programs for youth operating in Florida, only six received superior rankings from the Florida Department of Juvenile Justiceve of those six programs were Eckerd Youth Alternatives programs.

    1990sExpanding the Continuum of Care

    A name and logo change occurred in 1998, featuring the current brand identity in use today.

    Eckerd outdoor therapeutic programs were referred to as a `ii>i>>>magazine article on wilderness/outdoor programs.

    /}i]Vi`9i>i>Vi`Early Intervention and Prevention Services to help bo