Organizational Vision & Objectives

Youth leaving foster care in the Tampa Bay area will have access to a broad network of organizations, supportive adults, and peers who will increase opportunities to connect and thrive and that promote well-being.

 

  • Partner with community stakeholders to raise awareness and increase access to resources and opportunities for transition age youth from foster care.
  • Serve as a liaison between transition age youth from foster care and community service providers in the areas of education, housing, transportation, and supportive relationships.
  • Coordinate basic needs by providing access to resources for transition age youth from foster care, in areas such as personal care products, school supplies for post-secondary education opportunities, and essential household goods.

Our History

Cetera was founded in St. Petersburg, Florida in 2018 by Dee Menzer and Jamie Bennett. The organization was founded with the following outcomes in mind:

  • Members of the Tampa Bay area will be aware of the barriers faced by youth leaving foster care, particularly in areas of education, social connections, and housing.
  • Youth leaving foster care in the Tampa Bay area will be connected to supportive organizations, adults, and peers who increase access to resources that promote well-being.

Cetera is run by volunteers and funded by private donations and grassroots fundraising. Our volunteers help to:

 

  • Collect and distribute of emergency funds and care packages.
  • Convene stakeholders and community partners on a monthly basis to strengthen safety nets within communities.
  • Plan and host events for community awareness and fundraising.
  • Support the work of community partners by offering training, thought partnership, and consulting.

What Does “Cetera” Mean?

Cetera (pronounced set-er-uh) translates to “the rest”.

The founders of Cetera feel that it is important to support youth aging out of foster care in a holistic manner that promotes well-being in all areas of their lives.

From this perspective, Cetera aims to support the needs and wants that all young people have, such as postsecondary education, reliable transportation, connections to the community, and adequate personal, household, and academic supplies.

For young people, we aim to help fulfill the “rest” of the needs they may face while transitioning from foster care with limited social connections.

Our Team

Leadership and Administrative

Dr. Jamie Bennett

Dr. Jamie Bennett

Executive Director & Co-Founder

Mallory Sellers

Mallory Sellers

Director of Operations

Asenath Younger

Asenath Younger

Digital Marketing Intern

Havalynn Hartford

Havalynn Hartford

Grants and Research Intern

Youth Engagement Team

Antoinette Rucker

Antoinette Rucker

Associate Youth Engagement Consultant

Kathleen Holt-Whyte

Kathleen Holt-Whyte

Senior Youth Engagement Consultant & AOK Scholar Coach

Meghan Arrigo

Meghan Arrigo

Senior Youth Engagement Consultant & AOK Scholar Coach

Sam Garman

Sam Garman

Senior Youth Engagement Consultant

Board of Directors

Melodie "Dee" Menzer

Melodie "Dee" Menzer

Chairwoman of the Board

Dr. Kasandrea Sereno

Dr. Kasandrea Sereno

Vice President & Board Member

Dr. Luz Randolph

Dr. Luz Randolph

Secretary & Board Member

Jeremy Dobes

Jeremy Dobes

Treasurer & Board Member

Victor Sims

Victor Sims

Board Member

Youth Advisory Committee

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