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.