Serving as a Foster Buddy with Family Support Services of North Florida, Vince Smyth has changed the lives of children in foster care. Since 2010, Vince has mentored six children between the ages of six and ten, providing them with opportunities and experiences such as trips to the Museum of Science and History and the Jacksonville Zoo.
Vince also spends time with his foster buddies doing everyday activities like taking a trip to the movies, riding bikes or going for a swim in the neighborhood pool. Through these relationships, the children have learned to trust in others and experience the comfort of just having someone to talk to. For their birthdays, Vince treats the children to a special night out at a restaurant.
During their time together, Vince speaks with the children about the importance of school and education, offering advice and suggestions as necessary. Even when the children have been reunited with their parents, Vince continues to take the time to mentor the children and maintain that special relationship. Children in foster care are, indeed, our community’s children and Vince has made an extraordinary effort to ensure they have knowledge and hope for what their futures can hold. Vince will receive the HandsOn Mentoring Award at Celebrate!GOOD 2014.