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.
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
November 11, 2014
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.More
May 3, 2014
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.More