Who We Are
Project Connect is contracted by the Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) to provide transitional services in the north region of Florida for youth who are making the transition from residential commitment programs back into their communities under conditional release or community probation. Project Connect serves over 40 counties in circuit 1,2,3,4,5,7,8 and 14.
Is to provide quality and balanced services that promote the development of successful,responsible, productive and accountable citizens. To forever touch the lives of each person served by fulfilling the cultural, social, emotional, cognitive and spiritual needs in a caring and supportive environment.
Continuity of Care
The Project Connect model provides a framework that ensures continuity of care for youth transitioning from residential services to their home community. This process begins with the JPO assessing the youth’s need for transitional services and determining that Project Connect meets the youth needs. Once the referral is made, a Transition Specialist is assigned to the youth who then initiates contact with the youth’s family, and the residential program to initiate the transition needs assessment process. The Transition Specialist will then make a site visit to the residential facility to meet with the youth and build the Community Action Team (CAT) of volunteers who will support the youth’s transition back to the community. Once the youth is released from the residential program, an Individual Service Plan (ISP) is developed based on the youth’s individual needs, the ISP will outline measurable goals and objectives and the ISP will be monitored weekly by a Life Coach and reviewed and assessed monthly by the CAT until the Individual Service Plan is completed.
Project Connect provides two types of mentoring (Individual and Team) for all youth served in the program. Both of these methods have distinct benefit, and meet the unique needs of delinquent youth transitioning from residential programs back into their community. Additionally, each youth will be assigned a Life Coach to serve as their primary mentor.
Based on the academic needs of the youth, the Transition Specialist will assist the youth in enrolling at a GED test center, if necessary, and provide GED test prep. For youth who have a High School diploma and are not able to access a local community college or university, they will be provided with a laptop that will allow them access to software to participate in the College Level Examination Program (CLEP).
In addition to providing linkages to existing vocational services in the community, Project Connect will also provide vocational services directly to the youth we serve. Our program will offer opportunities to earn industry recognized certificates, the Florida Ready to Work credential, employability skills training, life skills training, and independent living skills training.
A team of community volunteers from a wide variety of social spectrums will be assembled to support each youth in the completion of an individualized service/transition plan (ISP). Each Community Action Team (CAT) will continually assess and support the individual needs of the youth to include education, vocation, transportation and mentoring. The Transition Specialist will guide the work of the Community Action Team.