Joining Our Youth Inc
PO Box 48702
Sarasota FL 34230
Joining Our Youth, Inc. (JOY) is an independent, community-based organization of trained volunteers providing mentoring and targeted services for youth aging out of foster care and other at-risk youth referred by local social service agencies.
CEO/Executive Director All Volunteer
Board Chair Jo Evans
Board Chair Affiliation community volunteer
General Info
Organization DBA
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 2007
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Exempt Aug 2015
State Registration Yes June 0
Financial Summary
IRS Letter of Determination
Letter of DeterminationView
Impact Statement
  1. Expanded Trendy Threads clientele by offering clothing & accessories  to DCF and at risk youth referred by several area agencies.
  2. Enhance the Private Tutoring Program to include Grades 9,10,11,12, Technical School, GED & College.
  3. Developed Keys to Success, a program to provide a means to obtain Learner's Permits to Fl. License to drive.
  4. Mentored youth as requested
Needs Statement
  1. Money to finance Drivers Education and Driving permits(only acceptable form of ID)
  2. Funds to maintain clothing and shoe inventory for Trendy Threads
  3. Money for qualified private tutoring expense
  4. Money to buy 52-item Housekeeping Starter Kits ($375-$400 each) for youths aging out of Foster Care
  5. Increase membership
Background Statement
Joy was created in 2007 when it became apparent  that  youth aging out of  the Florida State Foster Care System needed  support and direction to move forward with their lives.  JOY'S volunteers offer compassionate listening, mentoring and targeted services to positively impact the confidence and self esteem of these young adults.
Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Sarasota
FL- Manatee
FL- DeSoto
Areas Served Comments
Sarasota County, Florida
Manatee County, Florida
DeSoto County, Florida
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Youth Development
Secondary Org Type
Tertiary Org Type
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President
There was an unrecognized need in our community to help those youths aging out of foster care find support and direction for their lives. JOY provides that support and direction and we want to continue to expand our services to these 17-23 year olds so more of their needs can be met. In addition to our mentoring program, three years ago we started a small storefront clothes closet so youth could choose nice clothes and accessories. attire to prepare them for interviews. A tutoring program is now established to assist youth in studying for their high school diploma or a GED.  Keys to Success is a successful program allowing youth to obtain driving permits and licenses to drive.
52-item housekeeping starter kit given to each youth as they age out of the system and find their own living space.
Budget $7,500
Category Youth Development, General/Other Youth Development, General/Other
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Short Term Success
Youth learn what is required to maintain their living space and develop pride in their surroundings.
Long Term Success
Youth learn basic housekeeping skills and the tools needed to maintain their residence.
Program Success Monitoring
Youth are surveyed to see if the kits met their needs. Modifications are made based on feedback.
Program Success Examples
:Thank you for my Housekeeping Starter Kit. I've found a room, but I was going to have to sleep on the floor and cover myself with my coat. You have provided everything to make it a home. Thank you again!" - Jason
Qualified tutors are employed to assist students in Grades 9,10,11& 12.  This program also includes students seeking GED,Technical School,  and College diplomas.
Budget $500
Category Youth Development, General/Other Youth Development, General/Other
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served At-Risk Populations
Short Term Success
Students obtained significant increase in GPA
Long Term Success
Obtaining a degree is essential for all young people, and especially for at risk and  foster care young people This is measured by the youth successfully obtaining a degree.
Program Success Monitoring
The obvious test is whether they pass their GED exam and/or complete high school courses to qualify for their degree.
Program Success Examples

Many of those that obtain their high school degree have gone on to enroll in college. One girl has now completed her AA and is continuing her college work.

7 Trendy Threads is a shop which provides (AT NO COST) age and fashion appropriate clothing, shoes and accessories for young people aging out of Foster Care and other at risk youth.  We address both female and male clientele.
Budget $7,000
Category Youth Development, General/Other Youth Development, General/Other
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served At-Risk Populations
Short Term Success
Youth develop confidence from their improved appearance which encourages better performance in school and work.
Long Term Success
Youth learn appropriate clothing and accessories to wear to move into the adult world. They gain confidence and self-esteem from their improved appearance.
Program Success Monitoring
Interviews with past clients give feedback about type of clothing available and other items they would like to see offered.
Program Success Examples
Youth put on a fashion show for a JOY fundraiser wearing clothes from Trendy Threads. Their delight in looking good and amazement at their reception from the audience at Michael's on East gave them a tremendous boost in self-confidence and awareness of a bigger life outside their current environment.
Volunteers are trained in a 9-hr course run by a behavioral analyst to become certified listeners. They receive a Mentor Manual, and a Resource book they share with their mentees. They then are assigned a mentee by case managers of the Safe Childrens Coalition, who meet weekly with their mentor. Currently 53 mentors are matched with mentees.
Budget $250
Category Youth Development, General/Other Youth Development, General/Other
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Short Term Success
After time spent with a mentor, youth should exhibit increased confidence in themselves and become more open with other adults.
Long Term Success
This program gives these youth an adult who listens and participates in their life every week. For most, this will be the only reliable adult that is interested in them at this crucial time in their development. Long-term success would be measured by at a later date comparing those youth who were paired with a mentor against those who were not and gauging their successful integration into society.
Program Success Monitoring
Mentors are a good source of knowing what seems to be working with youth and addressing problems they encounter. Surveys of the youth gives good feedback as to what works and what other opportunities they would like to have in the program.
Program Success Examples
Chelsea "Cat" commented to a JOY member that she was so grateful for her mentor and she so appreciated the things JOY had done for her. She will soon graduate from SCF and said she would like to tell the current aging out youth about JOY next year.
Program Comments by Organization
When I was first introduced to JOY, an organization dedicated to improving the lives, and making a positive impact on youth entering the world on their own, I was ready to take part.  I could not imagine being 18 years old and forced to leave foster care with no positive family support.  Few of us can imagine the challenges that these young adults face.
My position was to establish a mentoring program.  JOY offers every youth a qualified mentor to be a listener and friend and to establish a supportive adult relationship.  This, our first endeavor, has been a great success.  As mentors met with mentees, we became aware of all the programs in the community available to help them make the transition to adult life.
We offer these programs:
  • Housekeeping Starter Kits, providing bed linens, towels, kitchen and cleaning supplies and more.
  • Keys to Success, which helps young people get a learner's permit and a  license to drive.
  • Enhanced Tutoring, providing private tutoring for grades 9-12, GED, college, and technical courses.
  • Trendy Threads, a popular clothing boutique where youth can shop free once a month.  This July and August we have "Back to School" shopping sprees.  Trendy Threads Chair, Terry Mathews has contacted our youth to make sure we have their sizes in our inventory.
  • Holiday, graduation and "just for fun" parties where our mentees mingle with mentors and receive gifts.
As President of JOY, I want to thank my Board for their untiring support, talent and dedication.  I also thank our community for their continued support.  I will never lose my compassion for the youth we serve and hopefully I have formed permanent relationships with many of them.
President, Joann Evans
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director All Volunteer
CEO Term Start 0
CEO/Executive Director Email n/a
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Senior Staff
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % N/A
Professional Development No
Contractors 0
Volunteers 143
Management Reports to Board N/A
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Non-Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Safe Children's Coalition - oversees the foster care system and notifies JOY of aging out youth.  Guardian Ad Litem, Everyday Blessings, Teen Court,
Sarasota Youth and Family Services, and Sarasota County Public Schools all benefit from JOY services. 
Sarasota YMCA - insurance coverage for mentors
External Assessments and Accreditations
Risk Management Provisions
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government No
Fundraising Plan No
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan No
Strategic Plan Years
Strategic Plan Adopted 0
Management Succession Plan No
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Policies and Procedures No
Board Chair
Board Chair Jo Evans
Company Affiliation community volunteer
Board Term May 2013 to May 2016
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Sara Bagley community volunteer
Jo Evans Community Volunteer
Gail Johnson volunteer
Vonda Leonard community volunteer
Mary Lifland Cavanaugh and Company
Susie Reeder Community Volunteer
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 6
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 0
Female 6
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 2
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 11
Board Meeting Attendance % 75
Board Self-Evaluation No
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Board Conflict of Interest Policy No
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Start Month Jan
Fiscal Year Start Day 01
Fiscal Year Begins 2015
Fiscal Year End Month Dec
Fiscal Year End Day 31
Fiscal Year Ends 2015
Projected Revenue $12,800.00
Projected Expenses $25,325.00
Organization has Endowment No
Capital Campaign
Currently In a Capital Campaign No
Campaign Purpose
Campaign Goal
Campaign Dates 0 to 0
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
IRS Form 990s
Audit/Financial Documents
Historical Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201420132012
Program Expense$10,721$15,085$25,518
Administration Expense$6,465$7,667$113
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.311.651.61
Program Expense/Total Expenses62%66%100%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Assets$127,859$122,498$107,675
Current Assets$127,859$122,498$107,675
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$127,859$122,498$107,675
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201420132012
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $14,602Contributions, gifts, grants $34,263Contributions, gifts, grants $32,639
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountMembership Dues $3,961Membership Dues $2,810Membership Dues $7,645
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFundraising $3,604Investment Income $3,312Program service revenue $831
CEO/Executive Director Compensation
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization
JOY had an audited financial statement done in 2007, but has not been audited in subsequent years.
Financial Comments by Foundation Foundations and corporations are included with individual contributions as they are not separated in the 990.  Financial figures were taken from the 990s.
Nonprofit Joining Our Youth Inc
Address PO Box 48702
Sarasota, FL
Phone 941 377-6833