Community Services

About US

Serving our Community Since 1973

Youth Co-Op is an organization whose focus is to serve youth and families in their quest to become financially independent and self-sufficient. For 50 years it has been changing the lives of disconnected youth, families, immigrants, refugees and asylees through training, access to jobs and mentoring. A customer-friendly approach in service delivery is YCI’s trademark. Staff and management combine the business acumen with the non-profit principle of bettering the communities in which we operate.

Our Mission

Youth Co-Op’s mission is to promote the social well-being of Florida youth and families through education, employment, and empowerment, or e3.

A Message from the President

Connie Perez-Borroto

Youth Co-Op, Inc. is currently working to promote innovative programs with direct impact on youth and families as well as the community, empowering them through education and employment, and identifying and strengthening their knowledge, skills, talents, and abilities.

Inspired by the dedicated people who support and share our vision, our multi-cultural and energetic board and staff members are working with a high sense of commitment, and we are certain that with quality services, creativity, and your involvement, we will be able to fulfill our mission.

We value the active participation of individuals and private sector organizations that share our desire to provide opportunities for our participants and improve the quality of life within our community. It is through these combined efforts and generous support of our volunteers, partner agencies, and donors that we are able to remain strong and implement creative solutions to current and future challenges.

I want to take this opportunity to invite you to join us in this exciting endeavor and to learn more about what is happening at Youth Co-Op, Inc.

Our Story

In the early 1970’s, a group of community leaders came together to build positive futures for at-risk youth. After receiving our first grant of $25,000, our staff recognized that only working with youth would not be as productive as working with their families as well.

Soon after, YCI implemented job training and education programs that helped put parents and family members to work in good jobs with benefits that led to promotions and salary increases.

Today YCI provides quality, cost-effective services to our participants at no cost. Our mission is based upon-a proven formula to educate, employ, and empower. Each year we meet the needs of thousands using this formula as our guide. YCI’s vision is to be Florida’s human services partner of choice, delivering the quality services that focus on youth and families and add value to the communities in which we serve.

Awards & Recognitions

Happy Faces of Happy Youths, Clients and Families.