GCSO Teen Success Academy students travel to Kennedy Space Center


GADSDEN COUNTY, Fla. — On Monday, June 6, students from Teen Success Academy will travel to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center located on Merritt Island.

This trip was sponsored by the Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office and the Department of Juvenile Justice.

The vision of Sheriff Morris A. Young and Col. Robert E. Barkley is focused on ensuring the youth of Gadsden County are exposed to positive and fun educational experiences outside of the county.

The Teen Success Academy grant program is overseen by Col. Robert E. Barkley who has traveled with youth to NASA Space Center and continues to enthusiastically support all new and educational experiences for our youth.

Paula Lay is the new director of the Teen Success Academy program. His motto is “You only reach the level to which you are exposed”.

Ms. Lay said she looks forward to seeing the students’ facial expressions as they arrive at the Space Center where students will experience historic spacecraft, shows, memorabilia, two IMAX theaters, a spaceport bus tour and exhibitions.

Ms. Lay indicated that the life coaches in the program have a huge impact on the lives of our young people in a positive way, which is the goal of the program.

The Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office’s Teen Success Academy works diligently to ensure that our teens have the opportunity to live a more positive, productive, and safer reality as they grow into young adults.

Teen Success Academy is part of the Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office’s “School Safety Initiative” which specifically targets gun violence, anger management and cyberbullying in Gadsden County schools.

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