Mission: Its mission is to improve the social and economic conditions of south florida residents. Youth co-op achieves this purpose through a variety of programs that directly impact south florida's youth, adults, families, and recent immigrants, empowering them through education and employment, and identifying and strengthening their knowledge, skills, talents and abilities.
Programs: Workforce programs - youth co-op operates six career centers in partnership with the local region's workforce board. Centers are located in miami dade and monroe counties. A broad range of specialized services and resources are available and accesible to job seekers and employers throughtout youth co-op centers. Services are funded by various federal grants that target specific populations and needs. These include unemployment and re-employment assistance to the general public, economically disadvantaged adults and dislocated workers, or families in need of temporary assistance. Training and support services are offered depending on the eligibility and on the specific goals set for each client.
refugee programs - the refugee services in south florida, covering palm beach, broward and miami dade counties, offer an array of programs to assist refugees, asylums, and public interest parolees in achieving self-sufficiency to ease the transition in their new country. The agency has offered employment services since 1982. In 1997, youth co-op joined the network of the u. S. For refugees and immigrants to provide reception and placement and matching grant program services to refugees from varied countries. All services are free and available in the languages spoken by the participants. The resettlement program assists refugees in translating their strengths, skills and past experiences into assets; the match grant program assists in achieving early self-sufficiency without accessing public assistance; employment and training rpograms provide assistance for employment as a key to successful integration into american society and immigration assistance is also provided in preparation for achieving citizenship.
charter schools - youth co-op charter school opened for the 1998-1999 school year under a charter of the sponsoring school district, the miami-dade county public school board. The current charter, as renewed, is effective for fifteen years expiring in june 2023. The charter school is a title i public school-of-choice which teaches 527 children in grades k-8 using state-of-the-art teaching methods and small class sizes. It has been recognized by the governor, won numerous awards, and earned an "a" rating since its inception. Youth co-op preparatory school opened its charter school for the 2011-2012 school year under a charter of the sponsoring school district, miami-dade county public school board. The start date was deferred one year after its initial opening date to the 2012-2013 school year with the contract expiring in 2025.