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, Okeechobee, or Highlands County.
  • High School Drop Out seeking to earn a GED
  • Students completing 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



Leah Sauls863-784-7054
Program Coordinator University Center, SFSC Highlands Campus

Jenny Grenke863-784-7155
Case Data Specialist

Edwin Cuencas863-784-7161
Program Specialist, Youth Services, Highlands County 

Theresa Collins-Hill863-784-7065 
Program Specialist, DeSoto/Hardee Counties

Mike Davis 863-824-6032
Program Specialist, Okeechobee County