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.
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
October 1, 2015
Thank you to everyone who joined us at our Lunch and Learn on October 29th to hear Dr. Rev. Chaplain Brook Bello speak about the pressing issue of human trafficking. Dr. Bello is a nationally known CEO/Executive Director of More Too Life, Inc. She is a Human Rights Activist and Advocate for Trafficed and Sexually violated children ...More
December 12, 2014
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.”More