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

  • Congratulations New USF Graduate

    December 12, 2014

    Jason Hodge

    Jason Hodge, a JOY youth, graduated from University of South Florida on December 12, 2014, with dual bachelor’s degrees in the disciplines of history and psychology. Jason spoke to the youth gathered for the annual JOY Holiday Party, giving them encouragement to keep following their dreams. He said, “Don’t ever give up, you can succeed.”

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  • Tea at Two

    November 11, 2014

    Youth describes the impact JOY has

    JOY welcomed community members to a Tea at Two at the Sarasota Garden Club. Members and guests enjoyed meeting several youth, who modeled clothing from Trendy Threads, as well as a leaf manipulation demonstration from the JOY VP.

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  • Super Hero 5k

    May 3, 2014

    Super Hero 5k

    JOY displayed an exhibit of information at the Super Hero 5k fundraising event organized by Bridge A Life to increase the awareness of foster care.  The event was held May 3, 2014, at G. T. Bray Park, Bradenton, to benefit foster care in Manatee and Sarasota counties.

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