Information for Youth and Young Adults
Helpful National and State Links
The mission of the Advocacy Center for Persons with Disabilities Inc is to advance the quality of life, dignity, equality, self-determination, and freedom of choice of persons with disabilities through collaboration, education, advocacy, as well as legal and legislative strategies. It is Florida’s official protection and advocacy system for Floridians with disabilities.
American Bar Association’s Center on Children and the Law and Youth at Risk Commission, in partnership with Casey Family Programs and the Eckerd Family Foundation, started the Bar-Youth Empowerment Project. The Bar-Youth Empowerment Project aims to improve outcomes for youth currently in foster care as well as young people who have aged out of care by promoting youth participation in court cases that affect them and offering access to legal counseling and representation to youth in need of specialized legal assistance.
Connected by 25, or C25, is a community initiative that engages youth, public/private partners and policy makers to improve outcomes for foster youth through investments in services and programs. Its mission is to ensure that foster care youth are educated, housed, banked, employed and connected to a support system by age 25.
The Eckerd Family Foundation seeks to transform the lives of vulnerable youth by supporting the most promising and innovative ideas that provide these youth with not merely transitional services, but rather transformational opportunities that help them reconnect with their futures.
Employ Florida Marketplace, Florida's official online portal to virtual job-matching services and many other workforce resources. This tool was created through partnership between government and the private sector, to respond to workforce needs in our state. If you are seeking a job, you may create and post your resume, search thousands of openings in any or all of our 67 counties and access other career-development tools.
Family and Youth Services Bureau, within the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), is responsible for federal programs that promote the economic and social well-being of families, children, individuals, and communities. ACF programs aims, among other things, to empower individuals to increase their own economic independence and productivity.
Florida Children First works to ensure that each child in care or in an at-risk situation will have a voice that is heard when decisions are made. FCF uses legislative and policy advocacy, executive branch education and advocacy, training and technical assistance to lawyers and Guardians Ad Litem representing children, public awareness, and filing of amicus briefs as strategies to improve child serving systems.
Foster Club is the national network for young people in foster care. The organization’s mission is to lead the efforts of young people in and from foster care to become connected, educated, inspired and represented so they can realize their personal potential and contribute to a better life for their peers. It includes three mini-sites, serving children, teens and adults. Fosterclub.com includes articles, contests, message boards for youth. Visit the Foster Club of Florida.
Every year, hundreds of young adults set out to establish themselves and their future in Florida's communities without parental guidance. Through the Independent Living Program, the Florida Department of Children and Families works to provide these young adults with the assistance they may need to thrive.
Make Your Voice Heard: A Guide to Dependency Court is a video for youth ages 12 to 18 that explains what happens in dependency court and
If you are a Florida youth getting ready to leave foster care, this handbook, On Your Own, But Not Alone, is for you. It was made possible by the Bar-Youth Empowerment Project, a project of the American Bar Association’s Center on Children and the Law and Commission on Youth at Risk, in collaboration with Casey Family Programs and the Eckerd Family Foundation. It covers need-to-know issues identified by youth who have been through the system. This handbook is a starting point. It offers many Web sites and other resources if you need more help.
On the Strengthening Youth Partnership Web site, you can learn more about who you are, what you want to do and how to get there. If you are between 10 and 24 years old, take a look inside. It’s fun and the links will help you get started on building your future. MyFloridaYouth.com has lots of resources to help you learn about your strengths, interesting careers, opportunities and training and getting into a technical school or college.
Teen Central Net describes itself as an anonymous help-line web site for teens and by teens. It was developed by experts in teen counseling and psychology and is professionally monitored and password-protected, cyber-space for teens to work out their issues. It is sponsored by KidsPeace, a leader in teen crisis counseling. Access to this site is directed at pre-teens, teens and young adults. If you're a parent and are checking out TeenCentral.Net, please read our Note To Parents and explore our Parent's Resource Page.
Youth Communication helps teenagers develop their reading and writing skills so they can acquire the information they need to make thoughtful choices about their lives. YC does that by training teens in journalism and related skills; • publishing magazines, books and other materials written and illustrated by young people; • encouraging teens and the adults who work with them to use our publications to stimulate reading, writing, discussion, and reflection.