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Office of Education


Find educational information and resources for youth in DJJ Day Treatment, Prevention, Detention and Residential Commitment Programs.

Overview

Section 1003.52(1), Florida Statutes, states "the Legislature found that education is the single most important factor in the rehabilitation of adjudicated delinquent youth in the custody of Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) programs." It is the goal of the Legislature that youth in the juvenile justice system are afforded the opportunity to obtain a high quality education.

The Department of Education (DOE) serves as the lead agency for juvenile justice education programs, curriculum, support services, and resources. To this end, DOE and DJJ each designate a Coordinator for Juvenile Justice Education Programs to serve as the point of contact for resolving issues not addressed by district school boards and to provide each department’s participation in the following activities:

  • Training, collaborating, and coordinating with the Department of Juvenile Justice, district school boards, educational contract providers, and juvenile justice providers, whether state operated or contracted.
  • Collecting information on the academic performance of students in juvenile justice programs and reporting on the results.
  • Developing academic and career protocols that provide guidance to district school boards and providers in all aspects of education programming, including records transfer and transition.
  • Prescribing the roles of program personnel and interdepartmental district school board or provider collaboration strategies.

Scholarships & Financial Aid

  • Youth Investment Awards, available through the Florida Juvenile Justice Foundation, can help you pay for tuition, school supplies, transportation, and other things you need to help you achieve your academic and career goals. Find out if you are eligible and apply today! Federal student aid from the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) is the largest source of aid in America, providing funds for grants, work-study, and federal loans for students attending four-year colleges or universities, community colleges, and career schools. Learn more on the types of aid available, how to apply, and more through FAFSA, Student Aid, and the U.S. DOE website.
  • Use Fast Web to do a free online search for available scholarships. 

MyFloridaYouth.com

The My Florida Youth website was developed to serve as a portal and central location to access all of the youth resources available through Florida’s government agencies and departments. Housed by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, the site focuses heavily on educating youth about their career and education options while providing links to other Youth Partnership resources for parents and professionals.