About us

Youth Co-Op is an organization whose focus is to serve youth and families in their quest to become financially independent and self-sufficient.  For 47 years it has been changing the lives of disconnected youth, families, immigrants, refugees and asylees through training, access to jobs and mentoring.   A customer-friendly approach in service delivery is YCI’s trademark.  Staff and management combine the business acumen with the non-profit principle of bettering the communities in which we operate.

A message from the President

Our Mission

Youth Co-Op’s mission is to promote the social well-being of South Florida youth and families through education, employment, and empowerment, or e3.

What We Do

In the early 1970’s, a group of community leaders came together to build positive futures for at-risk youth. After receiving our first grant of $25,000, our staff recognized that only working with youth would not be as productive as working with their families as well.

Soon after, YCI implemented job training and education programs that helped put parents and family members to work in good jobs with benefits that led to promotions and salary increases.

Today YCI provides quality, cost-effective services to our participants at no cost. Our mission is based upon-a proven formula to educate, employ, and empower. Each year we meet the needs of thousands using this formula as our guide. YCI’s vision is to be Florida’s human services partner of choice, delivering the quality services that focus on youth and families and add value to the communities in which we serve.


Our Board
YCI is governed by an independent Board comprised of prominent community leaders.
Senior Management
Our leadership is strong due to our knowledge and expertise in this field.