About Face! provides youth ages 13 to 17 with life skills training in key areas such as critical thinking and decision making, practical skills such as the development of a personal budget and the use of a checking account and basic work skills. Since 1997, more than 25,000 youth have used the program as a launching pad to greater academic, life, and career success. Nearly 90 percent of participants who successfully complete the About Face! program evidence improved academic performance. Both in-school and out-of-school sessions are offered throughout the year.
Forward March is offered to young adults ages 17 to 29 since 1998, has provided more than 9,000 Floridians the services they need to seek, secure and succeed in a high-demand profession. Participants receive instruction in authoring resumes and cover letters, preparing for and succeeding in interviews, and excelling and advancing in the workplace. The year-round program also features an effective job-placement component. More than 60 percent of learners who complete the Forward March program are placed in careers.
Forward March is an employability training program whose clients learn by doing in an activity-based curriculum. The 10:1 client/instructor ratio creates tremendous opportunities for personal attention in an environment that maximizes interaction in a limited amount of time. Moreover, all activities are reality-based, allowing the clients to see the relevance of the skills they are learning as well as giving them an opportunity to practice those skills in a real life setting.
The Forward March and About Face programs are provided through contracts with Career Training Concepts, Inc. (CTC) and Paxen LLC (Paxen), both of whom administer these programs on behalf of the Department of Military Affairs.
Responsibilities are divided by counties.
Career Training Concepts, Inc.
Contact: Sylvia Roulhac
Alachua, Baker, Bay, Bradford, Brevard, Calhoun, Clay, Columbia, Dixie, Duval, Escambia, Flagler, Franklin, Gadsden, Gilchrist, Gulf, Hamilton, Holmes, Jackson, Jefferson, Lafayette, Lake, Leon, Liberty, Madison, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Nassau, Okaloosa, Orange, Osceola, Palm Beach, Putnam, St. Johns, Santa Rosa, Seminole, Suwannee, Taylor, Union, Volusia, Wakulla, Walton, and Washington.
Charlotte, Citrus, Collier, Desoto, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Indian River, Lee, Levy, Manatee, Marion, Martin, Okeechobee, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, St. Lucie, and Sumter.