Meeting the Needs of the Young People We Serve

At-risk young people and those aging out of foster care have few possessions and are left on their own to find housing, a job, and transportation. We support the youth with JOYful gifts.
  • Transportation

    JOY gives bicycles and provides bus passes to eligible young people to enable them to get to and from school and work.
  • Housekeeping Starter Kits

    As youths age out of foster care, JOY gives each one a start-up package for independent living.
  • Trendy Threads

    JOY provides a shop where young people can choose free clothing, shoes, and accessories.
  • Tutoring

    JOY provides tutors for qualified students who are studying for their GED or working toward a high school or community college diploma.
  • Keys to Success

    This program provides the means for eligible young people to obtain learner’s permits, driver education and driver licenses.

Latest News

  • Lunch and Learn on Nov. 17 – Pathways Human Services

    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 ...

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  • July 2016 Newsletter

    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.

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  • November Newsletter

    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 ...

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