Community Services

Youth Co-Op, Inc. Celebrates Five Decades of Empowering Youth and Families in South Florida.

[Miami, October 23rd] – Youth Co-Op, a local non-profit organization dedicated to empowering and supporting youth and families in Florida, is proud to announce its 50-year anniversary. Since its inception in 1973, Youth Co-Op has been committed to changing lives through training, access to jobs, education, and mentoring. Also, as a human services organization, Youth Co-Op serves as a point of reference to other agencies nationwide in matters of resettlement, refugee services, and services to vulnerable populations. 

For the past five decades, Youth Co-Op has helped countless individuals gain the necessary skills and resources to succeed in today’s ever-changing world.

“We are thrilled to celebrate our 50th year anniversary,” said Connie Borroto, President & CEO of Youth Co-Op. “We are grateful for all the support we have received from our partners, volunteers, and community members who have helped us make a difference in the lives of so many people. We are proud of all that we have accomplished over the years and look forward to continuing our work for many more years to come.” 0. Frank Valladares, Board Chair, said ”Youth Co-op is a family dedicated to the betterment of the Florida community and its contributions to the community have been phenomenal.”

Since its inception, Youth Co-Op has been committed to positively impacting people’s lives in our community. Their mission is to provide opportunities for personal growth and act as a bridge to success for underprivileged youth and families. Through various programs such as job training, educational support, refugee resettlement, and career counseling, they have helped countless individuals break barriers and reach their full potential. Today, they continue to strive towards their vision of creating a world where every youth and family can thrive.
The success of Youth Co-Op would not have been possible without the support of its dedicated staff, volunteers, and community partners such as Florida Department of Children and Families, CareerSource South Florida, Miami-Dade County, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, United Way, US Committee of Refugee and Immigrants, Gap, Inc., and AARP Foundation. The organization extends its heartfelt gratitude to all those who have contributed to its mission in some way.

To commemorate their 50th anniversary, Youth Co-Op has planned a series of events to honor this milestone achievement. The festivities will kick off with an intimate gathering of employees, clients, and industry partners, acknowledging their invaluable contributions to the organization’s growth. Additionally, Youth Co-Op has planned a Thanksgiving Food Drive and Holiday Toy Drive and is looking forward to introducing new service initiatives throughout the upcoming year.