About Us

Mission Statement

The Mission of the Florida Juvenile Justice Foundation is to solicit and steward private gifts to promote education and public safety through effective prevention, intervention and treatment services that strengthen families and positively change the lives of troubled youth.

Background

The Florida Juvenile Justice Foundation is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation and a direct-support organization for the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice, established under Florida Statute 985.672, to seek private supplemental funds to enhance but not supplant legislatively appropriated funding. A board of community leaders who provide policy direction, raise funds, and steward all funds raised by the Foundation guides the Foundation.

In October 1994, Secretary Calvin Ross announced the creation of a coalition between the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice, the Governor's Office and representatives from the Florida Retail Federation, the Florida Council of 100, and the Florida Chamber of Commerce. Each business group appointed two members to serve as Business Partners for Prevention, a public-private partnership program of the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice.

The Business Partners for Prevention served in an advisory and support capacity to the Department and its Secretary, providing business expertise as needed on such issues as quality assurance of programs, management information systems, the selection of facility sites, education and job training of juvenile offenders and on matters pertaining to capital improvements. The Business Partners also facilitated the involvement of businesses in juvenile justice activities, especially in juvenile delinquency prevention efforts.

Legislation passed in 1999 that created a direct support organization for the Department (F.S. Ch. 985.672). The Business Partners became that organization through non-profit incorporation on January 28, 2000, as a 501(c)(3) educational organization named Florida Business Partners for Juvenile Justice, Inc.

Its goals were to:

  • Foster collaboration among business people, community members, parents, youths and Florida's juvenile justice system;
  • Educate the business community about the crucial issues concerning juvenile crime and delinquency in the state;

  • Motivate businesses to focus their expertise and resources on the development and implementation of effective solutions for juvenile justice problems;

  • Facilitate the public-private partnership process by assisting businesses and public institutions in developing successful working relationships targeted at reducing juvenile crime and delinquency;

In 2005, the Board of Directors voted to change the name of the organization from Florida Business Partners for Juvenile Justice, Inc. to Florida Juvenile Justice Foundation, Inc.

Statutory Reporting

Fiscal Year 2015-16 Citizen Support and Direct-Support Organizations Report