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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.

Registration has opened for our Summer 2024 Career Readiness Academies. We will have 3 sessions this summer! See details below.

The Jacksonville session will be held at The Riverside House, 2165 Park Street, Jacksonville 32204 June 3 - June 7.

The Palatka session will be held at Beck Ford Lincoln, 420 N. Palm Avenue, Palatka 32177
June 10 - June 14. 

The DeLand session will be held at Stetson University, 421 N. Woodland Blvd., DeLand 32723
July 8 - July 12. 

Register HERE to sign up for your Career Readiness Academy today!

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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