2930 Kerry Forest Parkway, Suite 101

Tallahassee, FL 32309

(850) 536-6225

info@twinoaksfl.org

Copyright © 2019 Twin Oaks Juvenile Development, Inc. 

Setting: Community Probation

Gender: Boys & Girls

Ages: 10 - 18

Contract: Florida Department of Juvenile Justice

Type: Transition Enhancement Services

Capacity: 350

WHAT WE DO

Project Connect provides transitional services in the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice's North Region to youth who are making the transition out of residential commitment programs back into their communities under conditional release or community probation. Project Connect currently serves the 41 counties in Judicial Circuits 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8 and 14.  

CONTINUITY OF CARE

The Project Connect model provides a framework that ensures continuity of care for youth transitioning from residential services to their home community.  This process begins with the JPO assessing the youth’s need for transitional services and determining that Project Connect meets the youth needs. Once the referral is made, a Transition Specialist is assigned to the youth who then initiates contact with the youth’s family, and the residential program to initiate the transition needs assessment process. The Transition Specialist will then visit the residential facility to meet with the youth and residential staff to build the youth's Community Action Team (CAT).  The CAT is a group of volunteers and mentors who will support the youth’s transition back to the community.

 

Once the youth is released from the residential program, an Individual Service Plan (ISP) is developed based on the youth’s individual needs.  The ISP will outline measurable goals and objectives and will be monitored weekly by a Life Coach and reviewed monthly by the CAT until the Individual Service Plan is completed

 

core services

mentoring

Project Connect provides two types of mentoring (Individual and Team) for all youth served in the program.  Both of these methods have distinct benefits, and meet the unique needs of delinquent youth transitioning from residential programs back into their community.  Additionally, each youth will be assigned a Life Coach to serve as their primary mentor.

educational services

Based on the academic needs of the youth, the Transition Specialist will assist the youth in pursing the academic goals of each youth.  Assistance consists of tutoring, providing GED test prep, and enrolling at a GED test center.  For youth who have a High School diploma and are not able to access a local community college or university, they can be provided with a laptop that will allow them access to software to earn college credit via the College Level Examination Program (CLEP).

community action teams

A team of community volunteers from a wide variety of social spectrums will be assembled to support each youth in the completion of an individualized service/transition plan (ISP).  Each Community Action Team (CAT) will continually assess and support the individual needs of the youth to include education, vocation, transportation and mentoring. 

vocational services

In addition to providing linkages to existing vocational services in the community, Project Connect also provides vocational services directly to the youth we serve.  Our program offers opportunities to earn industry recognized certificates, the Florida Ready to Work credential, employability skills training, life skills training, and independent living skills training. 

services & Linkages

While enrolled in Project Connect all youth have the opportunity to work towards an Industry Recognized Certification or Skill-Specific Trade.  Project Connect focuses on individualizing services for each youth, and linking youth with the appropriate resources in their returning communities.  All youth work on increasing their Employability, Social and Life Skills through an online self-paced curriculum (CAREER$), workbooks and a partnership with Wells Fargo Bank.  Below is a list with hyperlinks of Linkages and Services that we currently offer.

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Everything you need to get your license in the state of Florida starts here. Driver’s License Drug and Alcohol Course (DATA) and First Time Driver Online Permit Exam (DHSMV) offered. 

First Time Driver

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Everything you need to get your license in the state of Florida starts here. Driver’s License Drug and Alcohol Course (DATA) and First Time Driver Online Permit Exam (DHSMV) offered. 

State Food Safety

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100% online OSHA 10-hour courses for the construction and general industry. Courses are fully narrated, interactive, include printable lesson reviews to help with the final exam and case studies to prepare you for real world experiences.

OSHA 10-Hour Certification

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Everything you need to get your license in the state of Florida starts here. Driver’s License Drug and Alcohol Course (DATA) and First Time Driver Online Permit Exam (DHSMV) offered. 

State Food Safety

 

success stories

 

Leadership

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Training & Quality Improvement

Daryl Betts

Karli Ledford

Human Resources

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Education Director

Jodi Savoy

Celena Hayes

Northwest Area Director

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Northeast Area Director

Kimberly Hixson

Lauren Federico

Northcentral Area Director

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Tony Read

Executive Director

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contact us

Project Connect

2930 Kerry Forest Parkway, Suite 101

Tallahassee, FL 32309

(850) 536-6225

projectconnect@twinoaksfl.org