The Children’s Trust of Alachua County is holding funds from the youth club after failing to provide student personal information


GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) – The Children Trust of Alachua County is withholding Aces in Motion (AIM) funds for failing to provide personal information about students and guardians.

Aces in Motion, based in East Gainesville, said they were uncomfortable sharing the information in a Google Drive document for no reason.

“In my 15+ years in the nonprofit sector, I’ve never had to release such data without a letter of intent or a data-sharing agreement,” Executive Director Addison Staples said in a statement to TV20. “I feel uncomfortable jeopardizing the trust I have built with our families and the black community. And while I do not prefer the IPO strategy on internal matters, I feel I have exhausted all diplomatic efforts and, with that funding being taxpayers’ money, I feel responsible for ensuring transparency and accountability through my expression. “

The executive director of Alachua County’s Children’s Trust also sent a statement stating, “We never shared the data outside of the organization and never used data except for program evaluation and quality improvement,” wrote Colin Murphy. “Our policies instruct employees to use individual data with complete confidentiality. The employee manual expressly sets out this policy, and employees sign this agreement on their first day at work.”

Murphy said her staff will review current practices and make recommendations.

Aces in Motion members plan to attend the Children’s Trust’s next meeting on Monday at 4 p.m.

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