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Career Readiness Academy


The Career Readiness Academy is a job training program held twice a year for teens in foster care.

Students learn the foundational skills they need to secure a job; applying for a job, writing a resume, interview skills, basic banking, customer service skills, and working as a team. These skills are covered through hands on learning opportunities and games. 

Students who complete our program:

-Improve their communication skills.

-Learn to work collaboratively with others.

-Identify careers that interest them.

-Create a vision board and set goals for their future.

-Learn foundational job skills.

-Practice what they learn through mock interviews, job shadowing, and internship experiences. All students complete job shadowing and mock interviews during our weeklong program, receiving a stipend. Graduates ages 16-18 will complete a 30 hour internship program following program graduation.

All Summer 2024 Career Readiness Academy classes are at full capacity.  Please check back in January 2025 for 2025 program dates.

Career Readiness Academy Links for Students:

Career Readiness Academy Pre-Assessment-DeLand

Career Skills Assessment

Resume Template

5 Love Languages Quiz

Career Readiness Academy Post-Assessment-DeLand

Career Readiness Academy
Giving Opportunities 

  • Provide brand new Dell laptop computers for Career Readiness Academy graduates. 25 laptop computers are needed. $800 provides one laptop computer


  • Give laptop computers to Fostering Connections for students to use during class sessions.​


  • Sponsor student job shadowing stipends. $150 provides a stipend for one student.


  • Give in-kind brand new work attire, hair, and makeup services for our students on the final day of class.


  • Provide gift cards and gas cards to thank caregivers for bringing students to class and assist with the cost of transporting students to class.


 Donate here

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