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

  • 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 ...

  • Lunch and Learn on Oct. 29th – “Preventing Human Trafficking and Sexual Violence in our Community”

    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 ...

  • 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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