Youth & Family

A student drops out of high school every 26 seconds, equaling approximately 1.2 million youth each year. Three in ten students fail to graduate with their class, a percentage that doubles for minority, urban and low-income students. Some of these  reasons  have  been  attributed  to  increased  adolescent  sexual  activity leading to teen pregnancy and other high risk behaviors. OICSFL’s prevention and intervention  strategies  engage  youth  and  their  families  through  a  variety  of programs and community education sessions.
 
OICSFL’s  Youth  and  Family  Services  Division  is  committed  to  providing  quality programming, with ingenuity, and innovation aimed at increasing the capacity of South Florida’s families and  youth to be  self-sufficient, productive  members of society.  
 
Our youth programs offer student enrichment opportunities inside and outside of the  classroom  and  provides  youth  with  structured  environments  aimed  at increasing  their  academic  proficiency,  developing  positive  youth  assets, supporting healthy emotional and social development and instilling solid decision making skills.  At the core of our services is building protective factors that can diminish the potential impact of an array of risk factors, while strengthening the capacity  of  youth  and  families  to  make  informed  decisions  when  faced  with adverse situations. 
 
Identifying and measuring success are two essential components to effective programming. The Youth and Family Services Division operates with integrity and careful analysis in conjunction with continuous program improvement activities as a method to certify quality. 
 
The Youth and Family Services staff consists of dedicated, knowledgeable and passionate individuals consigned to the development of healthy, strong and successful youth and families.
 
 
In School and Out of School Time OIC Youth & Family Services Programs:
  • Teen Pregnancy Prevention (TPP)
  • 21ST Century Community Learning Centers
  • Youth FORCE
  • Personal Responsibility Education Program
  • School Is Cool 
 
 
Highlighted Achievements (2010-2014):
  • Served over 8,000 youth with positive youth development programs 
  • Facilitated 3 day Youth Leadership Retreats for more than 300 youth
  • 2013 Broward County School District Partner of the Year
  • Served  more  than  2,000  parents  and  community  members  through educational events and parent meetings
  • Reduced the teen pregnancy rate at Hallandale HS by 80%
  • Youth  &  Family  staff  has  presented  nationally  and  locally  to  fellow colleagues and credentialed teachers
  • Active Youth Leadership Council consisting of 25 members
The  Youth  and  Family  Services  Division  receives  funding  from  the  Community Foundation  of  Broward,  Children  Services  Council  of  Broward  County,  Florida Department of Education, Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Adolescent Health and Administration of Children and Family.

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