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.
Founded in 2010, Best Foot Forward (BFF) is focused on changing lives for children in foster care in Palm Beach County. BFF is 100% dedicated to using academics as the path to a successful future and breaking the cycle of abuse. BFF currently serves hundreds of students from elementary school through college, and provides educational planning, monitoring, and coaching on a one-on-one consistent basis. Its high school program has a 100% graduation rate, compared to a national average of 46% among foster children. Despite a 3% national college graduation rate, Best Foot Forward has celebrated many college graduates to date, with more to come. For more information about Best Foot Forward, visit our website.
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 2012 by Mark Sauer, the purpose of Bound For College is to provide academic, financial and emotional resources for motivated students so they can reach their full potential. This comprehensive program includes ACT/SAT prep, college tours, college and financial aid application guidance, career exploration and developmental counseling. At Bound For College, young people are encouraged to acquire an education after high-school to obtain a secure career path and remain bound for success.
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.
Founded in 1984, the Education Foundation of Palm Beach County is an organization dedicated to advancing excellence in Palm Beach County’s public education by increasing public awareness and inspiring community and business support for programs focused on learning, literacy, and leadership. With the support it receives from contributions and grants, the Education Foundation provides resources for innovative programs to improve academic achievement.
Since 1973, the Faulk Center for Counseling has been providing free and low-cost mental health services to uninsured, at-risk, and underserved individuals in our community. We offer individual, couples and family counseling, counseling groups, support groups, reduced fee psychological testing and educational seminars. No one is ever turned away due to an inability to pay.
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.
Grandma’s Place, located in Royal Palm Beach, is a 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit founded in 1997. It has been providing emergency foster care shelter and loving care to children – from birth to the age of 12 – who have suffered abuse or neglect and have been removed from their homes. Grandma’s Place also has a Family Support Program that provides outreach, parent trainings & mentoring and weekend, overnight, after-school and emergency respite care to parents/caregivers of children with special needs to maximize each child’s safety and success.
HomeSafe fulfills its mission of creating safer, more productive lives through a continuum of care that has evolved over the agency’s 41 years in existence. We screen mothers of newborns for postpartum depression so they can get the help they need to engage fully in nurturing their children and provide free screenings to identify any developmental issues in young children that should be addressed before they enter kindergarten. We provide a safe haven for abused children ages 8-17 who have been removed from their homes and require therapeutic treatment for the trauma they have suffered. Through immediate intervention and prevention services, we help domestic violence victims and their children break free from the cycle of abuse. We give youth who have aged out of foster care a bridge to self-sufficiency with stable, affordable housing.
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 Kelly/Strul Emerging Scholars Program at FAU was created by President John Kelly and First Lady Carolyn Kelly, and Boca Raton philanthropists Aubrey and Sally Strul. The program provides first-generation, low-income students with financial resources and personal support to help them graduate from FAU in four years or less.
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.
Since 1957 The Rotary Club of Boca Raton has been committed to changing lives and building futures by providing local at risk students with scholarship assistance, mentoring, internships , job training and job placement opportunities as well as 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 4,500 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.
The Unicorn Children’s Foundation is dedicated to building communities of acceptance, support and opportunity for individuals and families challenged by special needs and neurodiversity. We envision a world, where all people, regardless of their neurological differences, can be fully engaged members of society who are given the opportunity to: obtain and sustain employment, pursue continued academic endeavors, access quality healthcare, enjoy social/recreational activities, and access housing in communities of their own choosing.
Founded in 1972, the YMCA of South Palm Beach County is a cause-driven organization, committed to strengthening our community with a focus on YOUTH DEVELOPMENT, HEALTY LIVING and SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY.
By nurturing the potential of every child and teen, improving health and well-being, and supporting and serving our neighbors, the Y ensures that everyone has the opportunity to become healthier, more confident, connected and secure. The Y is the leading non-profit committed to strengthening community by connecting all people to their potential, purpose and each other. By bringing together people from different backgrounds, perspectives and generations, we ensure that we all have access to the opportunities, relationships and resources necessary to learn, grow and thrive.
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.