Meeting the Needs of the Young People We Serve
TransportationJOY gives bicycles and provides bus passes to eligible young people to enable them to get to and from school and work.
Housekeeping Starter KitsAs youths age out of foster care, JOY gives each one a start-up package for independent living.
Trendy ThreadsJOY provides a shop where young people can choose free clothing, shoes, and accessories.
TutoringJOY provides tutors for qualified students who are studying for their GED or working toward a high school or community college diploma.
Keys to SuccessThis program provides the means for eligible young people to obtain learner’s permits, driver education and driver licenses.
October 13, 2016
Join us on November 17th as we hear from Robert Staker and Kent Baker from Pathways Human Services. They will be sharing their experiences with JOY followed by an opportunity for questions and discussion. Pathways Human Services is one of three case management organizations working with the Sarasota YMCA, Safe Children Coalition. The catered box lunch ...More
July 26, 2016
Thank you! JOY is grateful for your donations, which meet the matching funds goal set by the Ten Talents Foundation. Your generosity allows the continuation of programs featured on our website at joysarasota.org. Read more inside the July 2016 JOY Newsletter.More
November 15, 2015
Statistics tell a story and emphasize why JOY is needed. Less than 50% of Florida foster kids graduate from high school. 30% of former foster kids are more likely to be substance abusers. Up to 85% of youth in foster care have mental health issues. 40% of former foster care youth become parents within 2 years of leaving foster ...More