In Search of Me Café creates new video series
In Search of Me Café YouTube channel surpasses 300,000 views!
In Search of Me Café partners with entrepreneurial program
Summer of 2016 began the development of an entrepreneurial jobs/career program with the Institute for Enterprise, Inc.
In Search of Me Café creates Flash Mob video sponsored by Coca-Cola
September 24, 2015
This flash mob dance was documented by 7 video cameras strategically placed around the action. Some cameras are hand-held by teens, others are worn on teens’ bodies, another camera is fixed to the catwalk above the gym, and yet another camera is flying above the action on a drone. Footage gathered was edited into a tightly orchestrated montage of dancing and audience reactions. The featured theme, “What Goes Around, Comes Around” is demonstrated by teens and seniors joining in dance, collaborating, and having fun together.
In Search of Me Café featured in South Island Living magazine
January 3, 2014
The In Search of Me Café life skills program was featured in the new, upscale community magazine serving the Amelia Island Plantation in Northeast Florida. Brian Gilbert of n2 Publishing, selected In Search of Me Café to kick off the magazine’s Kids 2 Kids column.
Jaguars Foundation Supports In Search of Me Café in Brunswick Teen Center
November 1, 2013
A grant from the Jacksonville Jaguars Foundation is making it possible for teens to learn life skills in a new way.In November, 2013, the innovative In Search of Me Café life skills program begins helping teens at the Elizabeth F. Correll Teen Center (ECTC) in Brunswick, Georgia.
“Through our JAGS Teen Talk program, the Jaguars Foundation promotes venues, such as In Search of Me Café, that support teens in making positive choices that lead to success, and avoid the pitfalls of risky behavior and poor choices that are obstacles to being successful.” — Peter M. Racine, President, Jacksonville Jaguars Foundation
Boys & Girls Club Recognizes Rotary and In Search of Me Cafe
By Editor on May 24, 2013
Amelia Island, FL – Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise recognized by Bill Gower of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Nassau County Foundation
On April 12th, 2013, the Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise was presented with a plaque from Bill Gower, president of the Nassau County Boys and Girls Clubs Foundation, for their support. The Sunrise Club obtained a matching grant from Rotary District 6970 to implement the In Search of Me Café program into the new teen room at the Roberts Learning & Achievement Center (Fernandina Beach Boys and Girls Club).
The club’s involvement with the Fernandina Beach Boys and Girls Club began five years ago, when the newly formed Sunrise Rotary Club was looking for a local charity to support. In the past five years, the club has provided funds for the construction of an outside shelter, sponsored annual Christmas parties for both Boys and Girls Clubs, conducted quarterly award celebrations rewarding students for good grades and study habits, provided a flat screen television, projector, stove, wireless internet connection, and other projects.
Most recently the club sponsored implementation of the In Search of Me Café curriculum in the Fernandina Beach Boys and Girls Club’s teen room, sponsored by the Jaguars Foundation. In Search of Me Café is a comprehensive, interactive, media-rich life skills learning program that helps today’s teens address problems, communicate thoughts and ideas in a like-minded social network, and seek outside help in finding solutions to issues such as bullying, peer pressure, self esteem, substance abuse, underage drinking and more. Content can be viewed at http://www.insearchofmecafe.com
The Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise meets every Friday at 7:30 a.m. at the Fernandina Beach Golf Club. For more information about the club or to attend a morning breakfast meeting, please go to www.ameliaislandrotary.com.
Ann Moser, Chair of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Nassau County Foundation’s Benefit, graciously promoted the In Search of Me Cafe program as a significant part of what the Boys & Girls Clubs do to help teens. Watch the video here.
By Editor on November 3, 2012
Amelia Island, FL – The Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise matched a grant from the Rotary District 6970 Foundation to fund implementation of the In Search of Me Café life skills learning program for teens. The Rotary Club selected the teen room of the newly opened Fernandina Beach Boys & Girls Club as the program implementation site.
Sharon Stanley, the Rotary Club’s Foundation Chair, delivered a progress report on the project to the Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise on Friday, October 26 during its regular meeting. Accompanied by a PowerPoint presentation featuring grant objectives and images of the teen room in action, Ms. Stanley illustrated how the In Search of Me Café program meets the various Areas of Focus outlined by the Rotary Foundation grant.
In Search of Me Café Founder Stan Cottle joined Ms. Stanley to report progress on the implementation process and announce that the In Search of Me Café program plans to begin operating at the new site later this fall. Based on the 300% increase in teen enrollment at another Boys & Girls Club location, Mr. Cottle described how the curriculum-based In Search of Me Café program will meet a critical need shared by many Boys & Girls Clubs: to attract and retain teen members at their location.
Implementing the In Search of Me Café program into the Fernandina Beach Boys & Girls Club represents a successful example for other Rotary Clubs to follow in order to serve deserving young people in their respective communities nationwide.
The In Search of Me Café program is operated by In Search of Me, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. To learn more about the program, visit www.InSearchOfMeCafe.org.
The Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise meets every Friday at 7:30 am. at the Fernandina Beach Golf Club. For more information about the Rotary Club or to attend a morning breakfast meeting, please go to www.ameliaislandrotary.com.
Recognition as a 501(c)3 Charitable Organization
In Search of Me, Inc. has received the official status of a 501(c)3 charitable organization from the IRS. This means, among many things, that donations to In Search of Me, Inc. are tax deductible.
In Search of Me Cafe in the Media
We have been featured recently in two radio programs!
WJCT-FM (NPR): ISOMi First Coast Connect
First Physical In Search of Me Café Opens
Through a collaboration between In Search of Me, Inc. and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Nassau County, the first brick-and-mortar In Search of Me Café opened Friday night at the Miller Freedom Center in Yulee, Florida. The new In Search of Me Café at the Miller Boys & Girls Club offers Nassau County teens a safe place to learn life skills during after school sessions led by India Edge.
After enjoying pizza and soft drinks, the teens were guided through an orientation of the In Search of Me Café curriculum by Ms. India. Then, the teens clustered around four provided laptops and explored various life skills topics on their own.
As a result of this successful pilot program, In Search of Me, Inc. is now adding a second location within the Boys & Girls Club at Fernandina Beach (FL), with more locations on the way!