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Youth Connect

What is Youth Connect?

Youth Connect provide guidance, support, financial assistance with post secondary vocational and academic training, and employment opportunities to low income youth.

Who Qualifies for Youth Connect?

If you are a Pinellas County resident between the ages of 16 and 24 with a low income or from a low income family you may qualify.

How Can Youth Connect Help Me?

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.

Your future is just a phone call away!

Call a Youth Coordinator 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 South Pinellas County training information, please contact Jodi Schwartz, Youth Career Coordinator, (727) 470-7565 or pcs.schwartzj@pcsb.org
For North Pinellas County training information, please contact Sandra Contreras, Sr. Youth Career Coordinator, (727) 420-9532 or pcs.contrerass@pcsb.org


  • • 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)
On-the-Job Training