The mission of Connected by 25 is to support youth aging out of Hillsborough County foster care to be educated, housed, banked, connected to a support system and be a contributing member of the community by age 25. To achieve our mission, the Connected by 25 Hillsborough program offers an onsite education program, a financial literacy/ matched savings account and a scholarship program that supports personal enrichment for young people. As a public-private partnership, our work is meant to enhance and support the services mandated by Florida law and provided by the foster care system in Hillsborough County, Florida.
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We understand and emphasize the impact education can have for youth and adults over the course of their lives. With the help of our dedicated teachers, support staff, and volunteers, Connected by 25 has been able to foster a culture of care and high expectations for our students that has translated into 71 graduates since the programs inception to January 2014 and counting!
We are extremely proud of the hard work the students have put in and they have subsequently been rewarded with something that can never be taken away from them, an education.