A moving exploration of the crisis of homeless youth—told
through the inspiring stories of a woman on the frontlines
and the kids themselves.
They hide in plain sight. They survive on free school breakfasts and lunches, join school sports teams in order to shower, sleep on friends’ couches, in parks, or on the streets. Their official designation is “unaccompanied homeless youth”—they are not "runaways" breaking free from strict parenting; these are kids seeking safety. They have escaped abusive parents, have been abandoned, or have never had a home to begin with.
When Vicki Sokolik’s son brought home a classmate who was living on her own and was dropping out of school to support herself, Vicki stepped in to help. Now years later, If You See Them wakes us up to the issue of youth homelessness in America, through Sokolik’s own story of advocacy and through the voices of the kids themselves.
Join Sokolik and host of Tampa Bay Morning Blend, Allison Godlove as they discuss Vicki's continued advocacy for unhoused youth.
This event will take place at The Studio @620 located at 620 1st Ave S, St. Petersburg, FL 33701. Space is limited, so please purchase one of the following ticket options to attend.
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Vicki Sokolik is the Founder and CEO of Starting Right, Now (SRN), a pioneering, comprehensive program in two counties of Florida that provides social and health services to unhoused students who are not living with a parent or guardian and are not safeguarded by foster care. Sokolik has co-authored and amended legislation to pass ten bills protecting unaccompanied youth statewide. In acknowledgment of her work, she was recognized as a CNN Hero (2019), was an AARP Purpose Prize Fellow, was a recipient of the Foundation for Improvement of Justice’s Paul H. Chapman Gold Medal, and was honored by the Junior League of Tampa Bay with its 1926 Legacy Award. She has also been recognized by Lightning Community Heroes and Bank of America’s Neighborhood Builders Program, and is the recipient of the Humana Communities Benefit Award. She has served on Florida’s Independent Living Services Advisory Council. SRN is the first and only nonprofit to win the WEDU Be More Award twice for
Nonprofit of the Year, in 2012 and 2018. Florida Blue gave SRN the 2021 Sapphire Award, and in 2022, the American Psychiatric Association Foundation honored SRN with an award for Advancing Minority Mental Health.
For more on Vicki Sokolik, go to https://www.vickisokolik.com/
Allison Godlove is the host of Tampa Bay’s Morning Blend. She’s been in the broadcastindustry for almost two decades. She was born and raised in Western New York and graduated from St. Bonaventure University. She started her career in Beckley, West Virginia as a Weekend Weather Anchor and Reporter, then spent time in Charleston, West Virginia as an Anchor/Reporter and in Knoxville, Tennessee as an Anchor before moving here to Tampa Bay. Allison was an Anchor for the CBS affiliate for 10 years. During that time she covered the RNC in Tampa, elections, hurricanes, and countless other stories of people who touched her heart that she’ll never forget. Allison is a 2-time Emmy winner for Anchoring and Reporting. In October of 2021, Allison decided to go out on her own as a freelance host. She spent a year and a half traveling to different cities and countries. She also hosted “Florida Road Trip” on WUCF. She started with Tampa Bay’s Morning Blend in July 2023. You can catch her weekdays at 10:00am.
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