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Youth Connect

Planning for a better future

Youth Connect provides guidance, support, financial assistance with post-secondary technical and academic training and employment opportunities to low-income youth in Pinellas County.

Local Impact

3190 + Total Pinellas County youth served since program inception in 2007

2960 + Total youth who entered employment, military or post-secondary school

3200 + Total high school diplomas, GEDs, technical certificates attained

Who qualifies for Youth Connect?

Pinellas County residents between the ages of 16 and 24 with a low income or from a low-income family may qualify for Youth Connect. Some of the scenarios we commonly help program participants overcome include:

  • Dropped out of school
  • Pregnant or parenting
  • Homeless or runaway
  • Ex-offender
  • Current or former foster child
  • Unemployed or underemployed
  • Enrolled in GED program
  • Other (see Youth Coordinator for details)

How does Youth Connect help?

The Youth Connect Program is designed to provide services and resources aimed at helping youth to enroll and successfully complete training programs to become self sufficient. We provide academic and career assessment, counseling, assistance with developing a career plan and on-going support. Based on initial needs, customers may also qualify to receive help with training-related costs and other support services.

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Success Stories

“The Youth Connect program made it really easy for me to go back to school after having my daughter at age 16. For people like me who started out life and went down the wrong path, your donations do help them turn around and get to where they need to be.”

- Pascale Moise, Pinellas Technical College Student and Youth Connect Participant

Change your future today

Reach out to one of our Youth Coordinators at the following locations:

  • Program Manager – Lauren DeCourcey (727) 420-9735 or pcs.decourceyl@pcsb.org
  • For Pinellas County GED information, please contact Kim Hall, Youth Career Coordinator, (727) 400-1462 or pcs.hallk@pcsb.org
  • For Pinellas County training information, please contact Naomi Atanacio, Youth Career Coordinator, (727) 470-7565 or pcs.atanacion@pcsb.org