Fla. officials help prepare kids for college, work

Posted at 7:22 AM, Jun 11, 2013
and last updated 2013-06-11 03:23:54-04

MIAMI (AP) - Mayors, city council members and local leaders from around the state are taking on a new challenge aimed at getting Florida youth ready for college, work and life by age 21.


      Leaders from each community will meet in Tampa next week for a 2-day training to develop more cohesive community supports for children and families. Officials will be encouraged to set bigger developmental goals, use data to track those goals and improve the quality of programs that work with young people.


      The areas participating are Orlando, Sarasota, St. Petersburg and Tampa, as well as Palm Beach and Broward Counties.


      The regions were selected by the national non-profit Forum for Youth Investment. The group has carried out similar challenges in Tennessee and Virginia.