Frequently Asked Questions
Panther Youth Partners is a federally funded workforce program helps participants gain skills that lead to employment. Services include academic support, advising regarding financial aid and financial literacy, assistance with career development, personal, academic and career counseling, job shadowing, and workshops that improve employability.
Eligible individuals must meet federal guidelines and guidelines established by CareerSource Heartland. They must:
- Be between the ages of 16 and 24
- Be a U.S. citizen
- Live in Hardee County, DeSoto County, Highlands County, or Okeechobee County
- Be a junior or senior in high school
- Be out of high school desiring to earn:
The program provides you with guidance and support by building on your strengths and helping you address your areas of concern. Participants have the opportunity to earn a stipend (money) each week by meeting the personal performance goals that were developed when they enrolled. PYP can also provide assistance with testing fees, books, tuition, and class supplies.
No. PYP prepares youth for the workforce, which includes the importance of punctuality, attendance, trustworthiness, taking initiative, effective work habits, etc. The stipend is based on measures such as: class attendance, teacher feedback, grades, and work readiness activities.
It is expected that you will be committed to earning your high school diploma, GED or occupational certificate, and that you will take advantage of the services that will meet your goals. Additionally, PYP participants are required to work with their PYP program specialist on a regular basis to reach agreed upon goals.