TRF Launches Partnership with Dept. of Juvenile Justice in Ocala

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Youth and TRF Retired Thoroughbred, Hurricane Sergio | courtesy of Florida Dept. of Juvenile Justice

Building on more than 35 years of experience “Saving Horses and Saving Lives” in partnership with Correctional Facilities across the United States, the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF) has established its first-ever partnership with a Department of Juvenile Justice program.

Presented as a live-streaming launch event, the TRF and the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice will introduce the new equine program, TRF Second Chances Juvenile Program at CSI-Ocala, to a national audience Feb. 23. The event will feature remarks from the Secretary of the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice and include a tour of the new equine program facility constructed at the Center for Success and Independence (CSI), a juvenile residential commitment program operated by Youth Opportunity Investments in Ocala, Florida. The audience and media in attendance will meet the TRF retired racehorses and the equine program instructor, learn about the skills-based and therapeutic curriculum and hear examples of the positive outcomes for the youths in the program.

“The launch of the Juvenile Program in Ocala represents a meaningful milestone in the long history of the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation”, said Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation Executive Director, Pat Stickney. “The TRF Second Chances Juvenile Program at CSI-Ocala is the first of its kind in the United States and it represents the beginning of a new chapter for our flagship program. The partnership with the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice has been the critical catalyst in our long-held dream of placing the retired Thoroughbred racehorses of the TRF in an environment where they can positively influence the lives of young people. This new program will set a new standard for the impact of the TRF horses by changing the trajectory of the lives of young people who are deemed at risk.”

Event Details:
Location: TRF Second Chances Juvenile Program at CSI-Ocala
Date: Tuesday, Feb. 23
Time: 10 a.m. ET (30 min duration)
Access: Streaming live on TRF YouTube and on Facebook and Twitter
No Tickets or RSVP Required.

Details at: https://www.trfinc.org/juvenile-at-csi-ocala/

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