The American Association of Caregiving Youth addressed the issues surrounding the silent, vulnerable and hidden population of children who provide care for family member who is unable to manage life independently. It addresses the needs of these children through education and awareness, research, and direct services.
The Boca Helping Hands organization serves the economically challenged, culturally diverse population of East Boca Raton.
Founded in 1998 in response to the growing challenge of hunger and poverty in our community, it provides food, medical and financial assistance and education and job training to the underprivileged. Their goal is to help guide people to self-sufficiency. A hot, nutritional lunch is served to over 180 persons, six days a week, with a family dinner offered on Thursday evenings. In addition, pantry bags with non-perishable goods are distributed every day.
Located in the heart of Boca Raton, the Children’s Museum broadens children’s awareness of the world around them and teaches them how to problem solve through creative and scientific exploration.
The Boca Raton Police Athletic League (PAL) was established in 1991 to assist youth who are at risk of academic failure, substance abuse or criminal activity by providing safe places for them to go during non-school hours with structured recreational activities. Boca Raton police officers act as role models to city youth and assist with sports, leadership and educational programs.
Founded in 1971, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County is a not-for profit youth development organization dedicated to promoting the educational, vocational, health leadership and character of boys and girls in a safe, nurturing environment.
The Clubs provide more than a safe, fun and constructive alternative to being home alone – they offer a variety of award-winning developmental programs to help youth build skills, self-esteem and values during critical periods of growth.
Established in 1992, The Caridad Center at it’s 7,500 square foot clinic offers not only medical and dental assistance but emergency outreach and homework help for struggling children. Today, with the help of hundreds of dedicated volunteers, the Caridad Center serves more than 6,000 people annually for more than 23,000 visits a year, who otherwise would have no other source of medical care.
Educating and inspiring compassionate young leaders to develop strong character with a vision for success. The Viner Community Scholarship is a program that provides South Palm Beach County High School students with four year scholarships to colleges and universities in the State of Florida public educational system.
Florence Fuller Child Development Centers provides early childhood education, after-school and summer camp programs, preventative health screenings, and behavioral healthcare for children in low-income families. FFCDC also provides family support services including case management, guidance in accessing economic assistance, job coaching, education in parenting skills, nutrition, child abuse prevention, and more, all in a one-stop shop aimed at building a better future for our community.
The TOPS (Teaching Outstanding Performers) summer band camp is for young musicians, writers, dancers, and actors. Students develop and enhance their artistic skills with private lessons, music theory classes, band rehearsals, and music appreciation classes. More than 100 at risk elementary student campers attend annually.
Established in 1991, the focus of the organization is as a registry for the public for bone marrow and blood stem cell transplants for those suffering from leukemia, lymphoma and other blood related cancers and genetic diseases. The Gift of Life Bone Marrow Registry is among the top international registries with more than 230,000 volunteer donors and has facilitated over 2,600 matching bone marrow transplants.
Jewish Adoption & Foster Care Options (JAFCO) was established in 1992 to provide services to abused, neglected and special needs children in South Florida. It was created by the Broward Board of Rabbis because of an unmet need in the Jewish Community – however it is their mission to help any child in need.
The options provided cover an entire continuum of programs for at-risk children and their families which includes: a children’s emergency shelter, group home program, foster care and adoption, family preservation services, multi systemic therapy in home programs, senior caregiver program, independent living program and the Brenda Wallach Forever Friend mentoring program. To date JAFCO has saved over 4,000 children.
JAFCO is committed to serving all children, from birth to age 22, who have been diagnosed with a developmental disability. Offering family support, child enrichment services, respite services and therapeutic services all at their state of the art care facility.
Since 1979, the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County has been one of the most trusted names in local philanthropy, raising funds to further the welfare of Jews in Boca Raton, Delray Beach and Highland Beach, in Israel and in more than 70 countries around the world. Federation’s core mission is building Jewish community and developing Jewish communal leadership; promoting Jewish identity, education and engagement; caring for the vulnerable; advocating for the well-being and security of the Jewish people and standing with Israel, their spiritual homeland.
Our commitment to families and children in need includes support for programs such as the Adolph & Rose Levis Jewish Community Center’s Marleen Forkas Camp Kavod, special needs programs at Donna Klein Jewish Academy and the Hillel Day School and global initiatives such as the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee’s (JDC)Turning Point, which helps Israel’s most disadvantaged youth. Rooted in Jewish values, the Federation seeks to inspire and galvanize local residents and organizations to build and sustain a strong, caring, vibrant Jewish community for today and tomorrow.
The Junior League of Boca Raton is a group of highly motivated, educated and influential women, who are committed to promotion voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving the community through effective action of trained volunteers. Improving the lives of children and families in South Palm Beach county for over 40 years.
The KidSafe mission is to prevent child sexual abuse, bullying and internet dangers by providing education programs to children, seminars to parents, workshops to teachers and counselors and training’s to all professionals working with children.
The Nat King Cole Generation Hope mission is to provide music education to children with the greatest need and the fewest resources. The vision is that Nat King Cole’s unforgettable legacy will ensure future generations are given the opportunity to learn and experience the joy of music.
Place of Hope was ranked the #1 Nonprofit for Youth Development, Shelter, and Crisis Services in the Nation by Charity Navigator and one of the “11 Top-Rated Charities That Changed The World In 2014” by The Huffington Post. It is a faith-based, state-licensed child welfare organization that provides family-style foster care (emergency and long-term); family outreach and intervention; maternity care; safety for domestic minor sexually trafficked victims; transitional housing and support services; foster care recruitment and support; hope and healing opportunities for children and families who have been traumatized by abuse and neglect.
The Rotary Club of Boca Raton has been committed to changing lives and rebuilding futures by providing local youth scholarship assistance and participating in community service projects.
Summer Camp Opportunities Promote Education, Inc. (SCOPE), an independent non-profit organization, provides children from underserved communities with life changing opportunities through the experience of summer camp to help build their social education, self-esteem and confidence. Each year, hundreds of children receive the benefits of summer camp from funds raised from foundation and corporate partners, individual gifts and fundraising events.
SOS Children’s Villages – Florida (SOS) cares for abused, abandoned and severely neglected children who are wards of the State. At SOS, special emphasis is placed on reuniting biological siblings; over 20 sibling groups currently reside in the Village. SOS fills a much-needed niche in our community, in that they provide short-term care for children who have no imminent chance for reunification or adoption. In addition, they are uniquely able to provide long-term care for youth who have no other permanent plan and need a place to call home until they transition out of foster care as adults. Since 1993, they have provided healing, hope and home to more than 400 children.
Located on an eight acre cul-de-sac in a residential neighborhood in Coconut Creek, Florida, the village consists of 12 single family homes for children and three children’s services buildings. In the village, the children can settle into a home and know that a house parent is there to care for them 24 hours a day, seven days a week. In addition to a home, SOS also provides services for children who need help dealing with their emotions, their deficiencies in school, their social skills and behavior, and their independent living preparation.
SOS’ graduation rate is 81% compared to the 50% national graduation rate of foster care youth; 47% of SOS children go on to enroll in college compared with 15% of foster care children nationwide.
Sweet Dream Makers provides new beds and bedding to children who are sleeping on the floor, a sofa, sharing a bed, or sleeping on an unsafe, unsanitary mattress. Since its inception, Sweet Dream Makers has provided more than 1,600 new beds to area families. The organization also picks up gently used essential furniture and housewares free of charge so that they may be donated to local families in need. A good night’s sleep will help a disadvantaged child dream of a brighter future.
Unicorn Village Academy is a community based 5-year life skills, academic, and career high school for youth 14-22 with neurodiversity and hidden abilities. Serving South Florida they provide a strength-based learning environment that prepares students with Neurodiversity to live, work, and enjoy life in communities, and with individuals, of their own choosing.
The Wayne Barton Study Center focuses on the health, welfare and education of children in Boca Raton. The founder, Wayne Barton, is on a mission to improve the academic achievement for students by developing and implementing educational programs at the center. Through pre, charter and after school programs, the Center insures that no child is without the tools needed to succeed, not only in the classroom but in their everyday lives. With the aid of hundreds of staff and volunteers, high school graduation is the expectation and a college education is the goal.
For more than 20 years, the Youth Activity Center of Boca Raton has offered disadvantaged young children in kindergarten through fifth grade an enriching, affordable after-school program. The Center promotes academic achievement, physical fitness and life skills in a safe, nurturing resource-filled environment. Many of the children live in single-parent homes with limited English or with a relative other than their parents. Almost every child receives scholarship support, since most of the parents or guardians can pay only a small portion of the costs to operate this non-profit program.