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Youth WORK


In the three years since rolling out our Youth WORK issue area, we have found that programs with a job coach model are effective.  Those programs prepare the youth, connect them to jobs and then follow them through the process to ensure success.  As a result:
  • 986 youth have participated in employability skills training and jobs and/or internships through 14 different programs.
  • 100% of youth improved their employability through the development of planning,
  • public speaking and customer service skills. All participants also learned how to write a resume and dress for success.
  • 100% of participants of youth were hired for jobs or were matched with internships.

Young people struggle to find their first summer or part-time job because employers say they lack critical “people” skills.  Therefore, employers pick more seasoned workers versus giving them a chance to prove themselves. Without these job opportunities, they are at an increased risk for a host of negative outcomes: long spells of unemployment, poverty, criminal behavior, substance abuse, and incarceration.
Based on data from CareerSource Broward, our youth unemployment rate remains consistently higher than other age groups.  Employers report that young people are deficient in: problem solving, critical thinking, dependability, oral and written communications and professionalism/work ethic.

Our goal is to shape tomorrow’s workforce today. To help young people gain skills through hands-on employment opportunities to develop the skills necessary for future career success.

The Foundation wants to put more young people to work to learn how to problem solve, use critical thinking and be able to demonstrate dependability and work ethic.  
The projects we seek to support must create or increase work-based opportunities for students enrolled in grades 8-12.  These opportunities can be traditional jobs, paid or unpaid internships, job shadowing or apprenticeships. They must last a minimum of four weeks. 
Priority will be given to applications that demonstrate the strongest potential to open doors for youth to the workforce and allow them the first rung on their career ladder through the job coach model.


Click to download the 2019 Youth WORK RFP.

Application Start:
Now open
Application Deadline: Aug. 5, 2019 at 11:59pm
Panel Interviews: Week of Sept. 3 and/or Oct. 7,, 2019 
Grants Awarded: Week of Dec. 2, 2019
Grant Range: Up to $100,000
Official applications are accepted only through PhilNet. Click here to apply.



  • Nonprofits with 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status to provide services to Broward County
  • City or county agencies with projects that demonstrate charitable intent in Broward County
  • Individuals are not eligible to apply
  • Previous or current grantee organizations must be in good standing with the Foundation and have submitted all required reports and documentation for all prior grants per the grant agreement.


The Foundation will not provide support to organizations which, in their constitution or practice, discriminate against a person or group on the basis of: age, political affiliation, race, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, religious belief, ethnicity or national origin.

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Broward County Inspiring Philanthropy over 25 years