About Us

Mission

To empower the youth and families to thrive as productive and peaceful members of our community.

Vision

All Communities will thrive in Harmony.

Harmony Development Center has established itself as a strong presence in Broward County providing programs that serve youth and their families in Broward County. We promote positive behaviors among youth within their families, school, and communities.

As a non- profit, Harmony Development Center provides behavioral, mental health, tutoring, pregnancy prevent, delinquency prevention and intervention, and substance abuse services to the youth servicing the needs of the Juvenile Justice and School systems in Broward County, Florida. Harmony Development Center is a culturally and linguistically diverse organization that actively promotes equality and respect. Our staff is diverse and reflective of the community we serve.


History

HDC was established in 2001 to promote positive behavior among youth within their families, schools and communities. With the encouragement of organizations like the Dan Marino Foundation, the State of Florida Department of Juvenile Justice and the Children’s Services Council of Broward, Harmony Development Center was able to grow into a relevant provider of services to at-risk youth in Broward County, Florida.

Harmony Development Center has established itself as a strong presence in Broward County providing programs that serve youth showing one or more of the following risk factors: School behavior and performance, mental health or substance abuse, and delinquent behaviors.

HDC has found its niche in providing highly specialized diversion services, mental and behavioral services, substance abuse education, prevention and treatment services, delinquency prevention and intervention services, parent education, teen pregnancy prevention and education, outpatient treatment, afterschool and summer programs, and victim-wrongdoer restorative justice practices. Harmony Development Center funded continually from City and local government entities for the past fourteen years.

HDC has earned the respect of several government and community service agencies in Broward County due to its work with the difficult juvenile offender and the continues outstanding outcomes with this population:
95% do not have a new law violation after a year of the program completion. 96% of this clients successfully complete the program and 98% improve school attendance and grades. The organization has been recognized by the Children’s Services Council as one of the “Successful Emerging Organizations” at the Child Welfare League of America, Juvenile Justice National Symposium 2005 (Better Outcomes for At-Promise Youth: Innovative Funding Solutions through Collaborative Partnership).

The organization has been recognized as well by the State Attorney’s Office and the Seventeenth Judicial Circuit Public Defender’s Office for referrals of cases to juvenile programs as an alternative to judicial sanctions (diversion program). HDC received a three year funding award from the Children’s Services Council, Children Services Board, and Department of Juvenile Justice.

The City of Lauderhill, included Harmony’s Civil Citation Program in its successful application for the National All-American Cities Award and presented to Harmony a Proclamation in recognition to its success.

Harmony Development Center has expanded its programs through Broward County at the following locations: Coral Springs, Lauderhill, Cooper City, Pembroke Pines, and Miramar.