Youth Development & Success

Programs currently funded by Manatee County Children's Services to promote youth development and success, including out of school programs, alternative education, programs specifically for at-risk youth.


Alternative Education

Alternative Path to Success

Program provides quality educational programming for struggling and at-risk students who have been unsuccessful in traditional schools.

The program offers a hands-on differentiated curriculum using DOE approved Plato Curriculum in math, social studies, reading, writing, science and through activities like civics, gardening, small engine repair, small business management, bike repair, active learning, project based learning, physical education, woodworking, virtual school, and more.


  • Manatee County resident
  • At-risk or special education student
  • Ages 5 through 17
  • Household income at or below 185% of the federal poverty guidelines

Phone: (941) 201-6994

Provider: Community Coalition for Children, d/b/a New Path Academy

Location: 2611 26th Street West, Bradenton, FL

Hours: August through May, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.



At-Risk Youth

Certain (Truancy Prevention/Intervention)

Program works with students to identify barriers to school attendance and help the youth and family to address those barriers to increase school attendance and increase opportunities for school success.

Each student is provided a comprehensive assessment and individualized service plan developed with the youth and their family, allowing case managers to assist in accessing needed services and the therapist to assist in resolving barriers to regular school attendance and success.


  • Truant youth, ages 5-17
  • Must be referred by Manatee County School District based on their pattern of chronic truancy per school records

Phone: (941) 741-3575

Provider: Family Resources, Inc.

Location: 361 6th Avenue West, Bradenton 1001 9th Avenue West, Bradenton

Hours: Monday – Friday; 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.


Girls Alternative Program for Success

Program provides teen pregnancy prevention and individual development curriculum. Activities include individual/group intervention and behavior modification through incentive system.

Classes are provided on the topics of health and sexuality, cultural awareness and sensitivity, conflict resolution, life management skills, and career planning.


  • Female
  • Manatee County resident
  • Ages 11-16 years

Phone: (941) 747-5757

Provider: Just for Girls, Inc.

Location: Just for Girls, 1500 10th Street West, Palmetto

Hours: Mon, Tues, Thurs, Friday, 9:40 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Wed, 9:40 a.m. -2:10 p.m.


Healthy Teens Coalition's Teen Health Educator Program

Focused on providing middle- and high-school teenagers with peer-led information sessions to help them make informed choices about their physical, emotional and mental health and wellbeing. The program provides an opportunity for youth to gain important skills in leadership, communication, presentation, team-work and more, by training to become health educators in their community.


  • High school and college students
  • Ages 14 to 19

Phone: (941) 867-0252

Provider: Healthy Teens Coalition

Location: Various

Hours: Various


Success4Life Training

Program provides training and mentoring designed to encourage high-risk teens to manage their behavior and gain the skills necessary to be successful in life. The program uses activities-based learning specially designed to engage teens through soft-skill career training and character building, which is designed around an understanding of the factors that put them in situations susceptible for crime, violence, and substance abuse.



  • Manatee County resident
  • Ages 13 through 17 years
  • At high risk for juvenile delinquency or have a history of juvenile delinquency

Phone: (941) 548-7639

Provider: Replay Outreach

Location: 410 4th Avenue East, Bradenton

  • School Year: Tuesday – Thursday, after school – 5:30 p.m.
  • Summer: Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., and other times as needed


One to One Mentoring

Program provides screened and trained volunteers to mentor children referred to Big Brothers Big Sisters by school counselors, teachers, social workers, and after school program personnel. The volunteer and child meet for one hour every week at the school or after school program site.

Activities vary according to the needs and interests of the child. Goals are established which are individualized for each child to ensure that the match relationship will enhance the quality of life for the child. The volunteer is not permitted to transport the child from the site.


  • Manatee County resident
  • Ages 6-17 years

Phone: (941) 746-7000

Provider: Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast, Inc.

Location: Various schools and after school program sites

Hours: School Days: Mon-Fri during and after school program operation hours


Teenage Pregnancy Prevention Program (PACE)

Program provides services to prevent teenage pregnancy. Services include a comprehensive program that provides education with counseling, case management, medical services, recreational activities and hands on real work experiences.

A bilingual counselor is available to assist Spanish speaking students and family members with language barrier issues as needed.


  • Manatee County resident
  • Middle and high school students of PACE
  • Ages 11-17 years

Phone: (941) 751-4566

Provider: Pace Center for Girls

Location: 3508 26th Street West, Bradenton, FL

Hours: School Days: Mon-Fri, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday for field trips and special events.



Out of School Programs

Uprising in the Village – Rubonia

Program provides a before and after-school and summer program with a culturally-based curriculum to engage and instill a sense of empowerment and community in children with a focus on children in the Rubonia community.


  • Manatee County residents
  • Ages 5-17

Phone: (941) 773-1072

Provider: The D. L. Randall Foundation, Inc.

Location: 1523 72nd Street East, Rubonia, FL

Hours: Monday-Friday

  • Before School: 7-9
  • After School: 2-6 p.m.
  • Summer: 7 a.m. - 6 p.m.


Great Futures Start Here

Program offers after school and summer care activities. Activities include youth development in five core areas: character and leadership, education and career development, health and life skills, sports and fitness, and arts, as well as transportation services from local schools.

Scholarships are available based on Income Eligibility Guidelines.


  • Manatee County resident
  • Ages 5-12

Phone: (941) 761-2582

Provider: Boys and Girls Clubs of Manatee County, Inc.


  • DeSoto Club - 5231 34th St W, Bradenton
  • Palmetto Club -1600 10th St W,
  • Palmetto Daughtrey Elementary
  • Rogers Garden Elementary
  • Oneco Elementary


  • School Days: Mon-Fri after school to 6 p.m.
  • Non-School and Summer Days: Mon-Fri 7 a.m. - 6 p.m.


Before/After School Camp Myakka

Program offers before, after school and summer care activities. Activities include arts and crafts, recreational play, drug prevention classes, homework assistance, and self-esteem activities. During summer program includes field trips to fun and educational locations.


  • Manatee County resident
  • Ages 5-17 years

Phone: (941) 322-8114

Provider: Myakka City Community Center

Location: 10070 Wachula Road, Myakka City, FL


  • School Days: Mon-Fri 6-8 a.m. and school dismissal - 6 p.m.
  • Summer: Mon-Fri 6 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Website: None available

B.A.S.E (Before and After School Summer Enrichment)

Program offers activities for before school, after school and summer care activities. Activities include technology enhancement, educational opportunities, mentoring, field trips, recreational activities, skill development, and character building.


  • Manatee County resident
  • Ages 5-17 years

Phone: (941) 746-7470

Provider: United Community Centers, Inc.

Location: 922 24th Street East, Bradenton


  • School Days: Mon-Fri before school, 6:30-8 a.m. and Mon-Fri after school-6 p.m.
  • Summer: Mon-Fri 6:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.


Foundation for Excellence

Program offers before, after school and summer care activities. Activities include educational, recreational and social activities. Transportation provided to and from the center to local schools.

Activities include: child care, snack, socialization, arts and crafts, cooking, as well as basic education and remedial skills in reading, writing and math at age appropriate levels in the computer lab.


  • Manatee County resident
  • Ages 5-12 years

Phone: (941) 722-0783

Provider: Palmetto Youth Center

Location: 501 17th Street West, Palmetto, FL


  • School Days: Mon-Fri 6:30 - 8:30 a.m. & 3:30-6 p.m.
  • Non-School & Summer: Mon-Fri 6:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.


Operation WIT (Whatever It Takes)

A path to the pyramid for success for black children provided in eight weekly sessions. While parents are engaged in their program, children will receive instruction using selections from the Connect4Learning® Curriculum which builds strong foundational skills within young children. The lessons focus on literacy, math, science and social-emotional skills. Weekly, materials have been chosen to provide meaningful connections to parent-based learning and allow for a seamless transition to family interaction time.

Eligibility: Manatee County black families 

Phone: (941) 757-2900 ext. 2500 

Email: [email protected]

Provider: From Cradle to College Foundation

Location: Varies

Hours: Current class is eight weeks, from 5:30 to 7 PM

Website:  From Cradle to College Foundation


Teen Programs

H.Y.P.E. for Teens (Helping Young People Excel)

Program provides an innovative experience for teens by addressing key needs to promote positive youth development through academics, life skills, career development, work-readiness and recreation.

Academics activities, using Stride Academy software, provide learning opportunities and engagement in science, technology, engineering and math areas (STEM). Life skills curriculum addresses effective communication, self-awareness, self-esteem, social etiquette, health and nutrition, substance abuse prevention, financial literacy, social skills and home economics.

Also includes summer career exploration and work-based learning opportunities.


  • Manatee County resident
  • Ages 13-17

Phone: (941) 722-0783

Provider: Palmetto Youth Center, Inc.

Location: 501 17th Street West, Palmetto, FL


  • School Year: Monday-Thursday, 4-7 p.m.
  • Summer: June & July only, Monday-Thursday, 2-7 p.m.; Fridays – Sundays, as scheduled for special events and activities


Iron Sharpening Iron Program

Program provides a series of activities including tutoring, job mentoring, career preparation, creative self-expression and classes for family life and sex education.


  • Manatee County resident
  • Ages 7-17 years

Phone: (941) 722-5696

Provider: Educational Consultants Consortium


  • Anna Gayle Resource Center, 2112 3rd Avenue East, Palmetto
  • Kelly Brown Career Development Resource Lighthouse, 1701 3rd Ave E, Palmetto

Hours: Varies


The Club – Teens Only

Program provides a teen program that includes a Lifeskills through the Money Matters curriculum; career and education pathing through the Diplomas to Degrees curriculum; recreation and leisure activities; and community outreach.


  • Manatee County residents
  • Ages 13-17
  • Deemed at-risk

Phone: (941) 761-2582

Provider: Boys & Girls Clubs of Manatee


  • DeSoto Club, 5231 34th St. West, Bradenton
  • Palmetto Club, 1600 10th St. West, Palmetto

Hours: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday – 6-9 p.m.