Manatee CARES Act funding creates new COVID-19 partnership


Manatee County CARES Act funding has helped facilitate a new collaboration focused on protecting the county’s most at-risk residents from COVID-19.  A $342,000 grant to Tidewell Hospice will help found the Multicultural Action Team: A countywide initiative focused on prevention, education, advocacy, research, linkage to care and sustainable solutions.

Other community partners in the MAT include UnidosNow, Gulf Coast Latin Chamber of Commerce, Healthy Teens Coalition of Manatee County, Inc., New College of Florida, The Links Inc. Bradenton/Sarasota Chapter and Resilient American Communities an initiative of Health Initiatives Foundation Inc.

Healthy Teens of Bradenton, FL Coalition Celebrates With 10th Birthday E-Vent


Extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures. Healthy Teens Coalition of Manatee County was planning to hold a party to celebrate its tenth anniversary. The pandemic required to group to go back to the drawing board. They decided to hold a virtual birthday party instead.The party will culminate with a livestream to take place on September 10, from 6 – 6:45 p.m. The entertaining evening will include all of the elements of an in-person party. The event includes making a signature Birthday Berry Mojito signature cocktail and features live entertainment from students of the Del Couch Music Education Foundation. A basket of premium wine will be awarded on-air as a door prize. The winner’s name drawn from the list of donors.

Importance of masks is key message for Manatee County officials

FOX 13 TAMPA BAY, BRADENTON, Fla. - A new coalition named Mask Up Manatee will focus to spread public health and COVID-19-related information to residents throughout Manatee County.

Local non-profit agencies part of today's announcement included the Healthy Teens Coalition, Unidos Now, United Way Suncoast, Manatee Education Association and the Manatee Community Foundation.

Healthy Teens Coalition of Manatee County to Honor High School Graduates


While graduation ceremonies around the country continue to be canceled due to Covid19, the Healthy Teens Coalition of Manatee County, Inc. – a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of at risk youth through peer to peer education – is planning a drive by celebration to honor graduating seniors and the newest members of the Coalition’s Teen Health Educator class.

With social distancing guidelines in mind, on Tuesday, May 26th and Wednesday, May 27th, family members, friends, teachers, and supporters of the Healthy Teens organization will caravan to the homes of 26 students: 12 graduating seniors (who have been active in the Teen Health Educator program), and 14 members of the Coalition’s newest Teen Health Educator class.

“Our Teen Health Educators are the driving force behind our award-winning program,” says Evelyn Almodovar, Program Director for Healthy Teens Coalition of Manatee County. “Especially during these difficult times we think it’s important to recognize the accomplishments and positive impact these youth leaders have made on our community.”

Since its inception in 2014, the Healthy Teens Coalition and their award-winning Teen Health Educator Program has served more than 7,000 higher risk Manatee County and Sarasota County youth. Participants in the Teen Health Educator program remain committed to serving as peer mentors and peer educators, as well as youth health advocates with elected officials. The program is a local, state, and national model.

Evelyn Almodovar Has Been Selected New Program Director at Healthy Teens Coalition of Manatee County Inc.


After a nationwide search, the good people at Healthy Teens Coalition of Manatee County Inc have chosen Evelyn Almodovar as their new Program Director. She started work here on December 2, 2019.  Ms. Almodovar has experience in leadership and has shown she has a passion for youth. She is the founder of a nonprofit in the Dominican Republic which helps children with basic needs and furthers educational opportunities. She will use her expertise in her new position as Program Director for Healthy Teens.

Advocates Impacting Change in Manatee County


When Mary Ann Legler courageously spear-headed the Healthy Teens Coalition, a decade ago, Manatee County had one of the highest teen pregnancy rates in the country.  By 2014, under Mary Ann's insightful guidance, the Coalition began empowering teen advocates to raise awareness about sexual and reproductive health through informative presentations to their peers. Mary Ann based her teen advocacy approach on empirical evidence, which supports the success of teen advocates throughout the world. Under her leadership, Manatee County has seen a 55% decrease in teen birth rates among 15-18-year-olds in the past eight years.

Emma Bittar won the Youth Volunteer award for her volunteer work with Healthy Teens Coalition.


The Manatee Chamber named its 2019 Champions of Healthcare at a fabulous awards breakfast on June 20. With a crowd of more than 300 people in attendance, our event honored 70 nominees, 21 finalists, and 9 award winners.

Swordfish Grill & Tiki In Cortez, FL To Host 'Giving Back' Event, 

05 MAY 2019 Tickets are now on sale for one of the biggest charity events of the year, “Giving Back.” Held annually, every September, the event is always a sell-out! The event takes place on Thursday, 9/12/2019 starting at 6pm.

This year, the benefactor for the event is “Healthy Teens Coalition of Manatee County, Inc.” Their goal is empowering teens for success through education, providing teens with the tools they need to make healthy decisions. They have school based programming, providing Manatee County school districts with curriculum to prevent teen pregnancy for both girls and boys. 

Emma's national blog regarding our advocacy trip to Washington, D.C. is live! 


For STD Awareness Month, NCSD hosted a Day of Action to educate Congress about rising STDs around the nation. Below you can read a young person's experience advocating on Capitol Hill for young people living in Florida and the shared power of stories.

Palm Aire Women's Club awards seven charities with grants.


Palm Aire Women’s Club member Patti Sue Peotter-Bettes may not originally have been slated to speak at the May 10 Palm Aire Women’s Club luncheon, but she did — and she said she had the best job of the day.

Manatee Community Foundation Grants $188,000 to 26 Local Nonprofits

Manatee Community Foundation has announced $188,000 in results-based grant awards to local nonprofits.

Migrants find support in Manatee’s school district


The life of a migrant is ever-changing, but one thing remains constant: the support each student receives in the School District of Manatee County.

Meet the 9 people recognized as champions of health care in Manatee County


Kiarra Louis, 18, was this year's Youth Volunteer Award winner.

As a high school freshman, Louis became a teen health educator through the Healthy Teens Coalition of Manatee County. The program informs area youth about high-risk behaviors, such as substance abuse and teen pregnancy.

These Golden Herald winners are looking forward to a bright future in Manatee

Apr 12, 2018

Bradenton Herald


The future of Manatee County is in good hands thanks to nearly 150 high schoolers who are already making great strides toward improving their community.

The Bradenton Kiwanis Club March Meeting featuring Mary Ann Legler and Teen Health Educators, Flor and Eva

Mar 21, 2018



5th Annual Healthy Teens Coalition Teen Pregnancy Prevention Awards

May 16, 2017



Healthy Teen Coalition quizzes school board hopefuls

October 18, 2016 

Bradenton Herald

Strategies to increase health — and sexual — education for Manatee County teens were among the topics discussed by the four candidates running for the two remaining school board races Tuesday.

2016 Healthy Teens Teen Pregnancy Prevention Awards & Teen Health Educator Graduation

June 6, 2016 



Manatee High School teen steals the show with her verve

MAY 26, 2016 Bradenton Herald


LAKEWOOD RANCH--Long-time Bradenton dermatologist Peter J. Mattina was the star of Thursday’s 4th Annual Champions of Healthcare Awards Breakfast, but Healthy Teen volunteer Flor Zamora stole the show.

Manatee Healthy Teens name ‘Youth of the Year

MAY 17, 2016 Bradenton Herald


Cara Peters, 18, of Manatee High, earns ‘Youth’ award Manatee social workers Tomeo, Costigan, share ‘Adult of the Year’ Carlton Bennett honored as first grad of Teen Parent GED & Family Resources, Inc receives Non-profit of the Year ...

Manatee Schools educating teens about pregnancy

MAY 10, 2016 Bay News 9



With May being National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month, the Manatee County School District is acknowledging it, hoping to raise awareness.

Teen births: Most are in the South and Southwest

Sharon Jayson, USA TODAY August 20, 2014


Births per 1,000 teenagers (ages 15–19)range from a low of 13.8 in New Hampshire to a high of 47.5 in New Mexico, according to the report from the National Center for Health Statistics based on 2012 data, the most recent available for the states.

Healthy Teens Presents Awards

By Online Staff Report , Herald-Tribune/ Tuesday, May 27, 2014


For the second year, the Healthy Teens Coalition of Manatee County Inc. recognized individuals and organizations making contributions to reducing teenage pregnancy rates and increasing the health and welfare of youth.


The Teen Pregnancy Prevention Recognition Awards were given May 20 at Renaissance on 9th, Bradenton, as a part of National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month.

Healthy Teens Coalition Gives Prevention Awards

Bradenton Herald May 30, 2014


BRADENTON -- Four honors were given by the Healthy Teens Coalition of Manatee to individuals and groups making significant contributions in reducing teen pregnancy and increasing youth health and welfare during the second annual Teen Pregnancy Prevention Recognition Awards last week.



2nd Annual Teen Pregnancy Prevention Recognition Awards

Published Saturday, May 24, 2014 


Last Tuesday, the Healthy Teens Coalition of Manatee County, Inc. (HTC)  recognized local individuals and organizations who have made significant contributions to reducing teen pregnancy rates and to increasing the health and welfare of youth in the county during its Second Annual Teen Pregnancy Prevention Recognition Awards.


May is National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month, and as part of on-going efforts and activities throughout the month, the HTC presented the following awards at the event:

The Healthy Teens Coalition (HTC) is dedicated to reducing risky behaviors by providing Manatee County youth with the knowledge and skills to make informed choices about their physical, mental, and emotional health and well-being.  It is comprised of a grassroots group of over 180 individuals representing more than 60 nonprofit social service agencies, community-based health providers, the Manatee County School District, Manatee County Government, and faith-based entities.  The HTC engages young people, parents, community leaders, and policymakers. The Coalition aims to ensure that Manatee County's youth have access to the tools, education, and information that will equip them to make healthy, informed decisions, leading to a positive future.  Healthy Teens Coalition is a 501 (c) 3 charitable organization. A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL-FREE, WITHIN THE STATE, 1-800-HELPFLA, OR VIA THE INTERNET AT WWW. 800HELPFLA.COM REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE.   ID#45-0990646

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