Youth at Brooksville Academy celebrated Valentine’s Day using art on canvases as a medium for healing; promoting self exploration, understanding, self-esteem, and awareness. Through the art of painting, youth were able tap into and reveal their deepest thoughts and feelings. After the canvases were created, youth were given the option to send the canvases home to their parents/guardians or keep them in their dorms.

Brooksville Youth Academy serves 60 males between the ages of 13 and 18, in a non-secure residential commitment program that provides therapeutic services to address all behavioral issues, as well as mental health and substance abuse issues. Services are provided 24 hours per day, seven days per week. Contact Brooksville Youth Academy at 352-799-5654 or visit