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Panther Youth Partners


Susan Cartwright 863-784-7431
Program Specialist, Youth Services

Edwin Cuencas 863-784-7161
Program Specialist, Youth Services

Tara Jefferies 863-784-7386
Director, Youth Services

Panther 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 – 21 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
Panther Youth Partners
South Florida State College
600 West College Drive
Avon Park, FL 33825
To contact us:
Phone: 863-784-7155
Fax: 863-784-7165