MIP, Me In Progress

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Funded by Flagler Cares and developed by Easterseals Northeast Central Florida, #MIP: Me, In Progress is a free teen wellness program that is offered exclusively in Flagler County. The purpose of the #MIP program is to enhance the well-being of high school students through exploration and connection. Through #MIP, students will have access to mentors and other community leaders to help them navigate the infinite paths to self-discovery. Enroll today or Join the MIP Community with this link: CLICK HERE

Our Services

The #MIP program was developed to combat the mental health crisis impacting our youth. In the last 10 years the number for students diagnosed with anxiety has increased by 20% to 1 in 3 high school students. In the same time period the number of hospitalizations for suicidal thoughts and attempts has doubled. By offering a variety of wellness programs and events #MIP will equip students will the skills and confidence needed to overcome adversity and build resilience. Students enrolled in #MIP will have access to our mental health counselor and behavioral health specialists.

Our #MIP program is student centered and designed, meaning our programs are based on the needs of our students. As a result, our programs will always be evolving and changing. Programs may include: college readiness, transitioning to the workforce, yoga, intro to weight lifting, outdoor recreation, driver’s education and much more. #MIP values the empowering benefits of giving back to our community and will also provide students with ample opportunities to gain community service hours.

#MIP Center

The #MIP Center is a 3,000 SQ ft space equipped with a snack café, reading nook, gaming lounge and space to hold various wellness events. The #MIP Center is located at 3389 N. State St in Bunnell.Take an inside look at the #MIP Center.  Watch the video below or click HERE.

Meet the #MIP Team

Deana with her dog

Deanna Dempsey (Dee), Director #MIP

For the past 13 years, Dee's career has been focused on student development and empowerment through wellness at the collegiate level. Dee has worked at the University of Florida, University of Connecticut, MIT and most recently Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. She is thrilled to work with #MIP students to develop innovative wellness programs that meet their needs and help them realize their full potential.

Carlton with his two children

Carlton Gould, Mental Health Counselor

For the past 17 years, Carlton has worked/studied the psychological aspects of youth and family development at the collegiate level. Carlton has a Master’s degree in Psychology with a specialty in applied behavior analysis. He advanced his knowledge base by working with youth in various settings; Cook County Juvenile Detention Center, New Season Substance Abuse Clinic and Positive Behavior Solutions (ABA). He is overjoyed to work with #MIP students to help grow innovative wellness programs. This will lead to introspection, thus, helping to actualize their full potential within the formative years.


How much does #MIP Cost?
Enrolling in #MIP is free. Once enrolled #MIP students will have access to the #MIP Center and our wellness programs and events. One on one appointments with the #MIP counselor is not included in the enrollment of #MIP. Insurance is accepted for one on one appointments with the #MIP counselor.
What are the hours for #MIP?
Typical hours of operation are Monday - Friday 3:00 - 7:00 PM. Our hours are subject to change to meet the needs of our students.
Who is the target audience for #MIP?
#MIP is for high school aged students willing to participate in our wellness services and professional development opportunities.  Students do not need a diagnosis or a referral to be part of #MIP, just a interest in enhancing their well-being and the well-being of others.
How do students get to #MIP?
#MIP has a van for after school pick ups and will pick up students from Matanzas and Flagler Palm Coast high schools. Parents will need to request afterschool transportation when enrolling their student into #MIP.
How can I enroll in #MIP?
To enroll, simply click this link and complete the online registration form. Once done, a DocuSign will be sent your way to seamlessly finalize your enrollment. Start the journey today!
Can I refer a student to #MIP?
Absolutely! You can fill out our referral form and our #MIP will connect with the student and/or family you referred.
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