Lunch and Learn on Nov. 17 – Pathways Human Services

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 […]

July 2016 Newsletter

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 Read more inside the July 2016 JOY Newsletter.

November Newsletter

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 […]

Jason Hodge

Congratulations New USF Graduate

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.”

Youth describes the impact JOY has

Tea at Two

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.

Super Hero 5k

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.