What is Ready for Life Brevard?
Ready for Life Brevard (RFLB), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is a youth driven solution-based skill center that helps teens and young adults avoid homelessness and crime by removing barriers to their education and employment utilizing lifeline support networks.
RFLB is very grateful to our founding community agency partners: Brevard Family Partnership (BFP), Brevard's lead child welfare agency; The Brevard Youth Leadership Council (BYLC); and SMILE for Budgie, Inc. (SMILE). SMILE developed and manages the BYLC with support from BFP and others. The BYLC is a leadership board organized to give youth “voice and choice” to impact policy and practice in the system of care. The BYLC with the Brevard Youth Thrive Action Committee partnered with RFLB to develop and launch the pilot mentor program which will provide youth in the system of care ages 15-25 with a mentor.
The Housing Authority of Brevard County collaborated with RFLB to provide young adults who are transitioning out of foster care with access to affordable housing vouchers through the newly created Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Foster Youth to Independence Initiative (FYI). Brevard Health Alliance is providing office space for RFLB at their Sarno Road location.
RFLB fills other critical gaps for youth through its unique Educational Learning Lab program, its assistance with transportation and obtaining a driver’s license through the Keys to Independence program, and its provision of food, clothes, and personal hygiene supplies.
In the very near future once collaboration agreements are finalized and funding is secured, RFLB intends to add onsite mental health counseling, legal services, a healthcare navigator, and parenting/Mommy & Me classes.
We understand that until immediate basic needs are met, it is nearly impossible to contemplate the future...and RFLB believes that all young people deserve the opportunity for a successful future.
INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING WITH US
LETS WORK TOGETHER! Community involvement is important to helping us stay on track with the programs and young people we serve. With a variety of volunteer opportunities, Ready for Life Brevard has something to fit everyone. If you are interested in learning more, please download our volunteer flyer or contact Pamela Bress (Executive Director). We look forward to hearing from you!