The Jacksonville Children’s Commission also provides funding and support services that help children who have encountered barriers to their success to find help through timely and appropriate services. These services include case management programs, teen pregnancy prevention and dropout prevention.
- Youth Crisis Center, Family Connection
- Daniel Memorial, Journey to Success
- Alternative to Truancy and Out of School Suspension (ATOSS)
- PACE Center for Girls
Teen Parenthood Prevention:
- The Bridge of Northeast Florida, The Bridge Connection 1
Help for Homeless Children:
The Children’s Program at the Sulzbacher Center provides critical developmental screenings, parenting skills classes, learning tools and comprehensive needs assessments to homeless children and families. Children are linked to resources designed to prevent academic failure.
Daniel Memorial, Project Prepare
Homelessness is not only an adult problem . . . countless teens also find themselves living on the streets. This problem is most prevalent among youth that age out of foster care and suddenly find themselves homeless, without a support network, and completely unprepared to survive on their own. In partnership with the Jacksonville Children’s Commission, the City of Jacksonville, and the United Way, Daniel provides the housing, support and training necessary to safely transition these teens to living independently as productive members of our community. The staff of Daniel’s Project Prepare Program helps approximately 60 homeless youth each year by providing temporary residence in our twelve unit efficiency apartment complex or helping them secure other low-cost housing.
Children with Special Needs and Care:
Commission-funded special needs programs provide therapeutic services to children with special needs due to conditions such as Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Autism, Microcephaly and many medically complex situations that prevent them from attending other programs. Children attending these programs receive therapy, behavioral health services and self-help training in home and afterschool programs.