PYP-LogoPanther Youth Partners

Who we are!

Panther Youth Partners program provides youth with services that will develop and strengthen employability skills, talents, and interests. It is our desire for youth to gain valuable information that they can draw upon, when seeking employment or when deciding upon a career change, throughout their life.

Who is eligible!

  • Youth between ages 16 – 24 living in DeSoto, Hardee, or Highlands County.
  • Juniors or Seniors in high school
  • High School Drop Out seeking to earn a GED
  • Students completing high school or GED and interested in taking classes to earn an occupational certification leading to a high demand, high wage career
  • Economically disadvantaged (contact us for further information to see if you qualify)

Services include:

  • Financial assistance (amount is based on program goals developed at enrollment)
  • Mentoring
  • Advising and counseling
  • Career development assistance
  • Employability skills training



Sandi Urmann863-784-7155
Case Data Specialist

Edwin Cuencas863-784-7161
Program Specialist, Youth Services