Links for Teens

Teen Programs

The programs and services funded by the Children’s Board of Hillsborough County emphasizes pregnant women and children birth to age eight. Despite our focus area, we recognize children older than eight can benefit from local programs. Below is a variety of programs in our community with a focus on older children.


A Center For Grieving Children and Teens – Suncoast Kids Place

  • Children ages 3-18 in Hillsborough and some  of Pasco County
  • Provide grief and loss peer support groups to children and teens
  • Use a combination of peer support groups, along with play therapy techniques, to support the kids through their grief journey
  • Caregiver groups offered simultaneously to kids groups


Chrysalis Health-Children and Adolescents

Comprehensive array of services to improve the health and wellness of children and adolescents.

Chrysalis Health

Columbus JRF – Dept of Juvenile
813-526-1462 (no website)

  • Community case manager working with at-risk youth and families to help in prevention by mentoring and support services
  • For all at-risk youth


Community Tampa Bay
727.568.9333 or email

  • Hillsborough Youth Collaborative: Learn and practice leadership, advocacy, public speaking, and project planning ; Earn volunteer service hours for school, scholarships, and college applications; Experience networking opportunities through retreats, trips and visits with community leaders
  • ANYTOWN: Youth leadership and diversity education program to empower diverse groups of young people to create more inclusive and just schools and communities where everyone is treated with dignity and respect
  • 8th grade to high school age youth


Computer Mentors Group
813- 241-4200

  • Computer Mentors provides youth in underserved communities opportunities to explore STEM careers, and to provide and cultivate them in skills they need to pursue and succeed in the future’s tech jobs through our KidsCode and STEM Corps High School programs.
  • KidsCode: Students in 4th-8th grade can learn basic coding/programming skills, Lego Mindstorms robotics programming, and basic website design skills.
  • STEM Corps High School program: 9th-12th graders learn technology skills that they can utilize for the rest of their lives, including in their career, or if they go the entrepreneur route, with certification opportunities in Microsoft products, as well as training in web design, mobile app design, and videography/video production training.
  • Both programs are held at multiple locations around Hillsborough County. Please check our schedules at


DACCO – Back on Track Program

  • 8-12 week program
  • 3 days a week from 4:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
  • Teens age 12 -17 and includes
  • Addresses issues such as self-esteem, self-loathing, anger, the consequences of alcohol and drug addiction, and understanding and building healthy relationships


E.C.C.O. Program – Lowry Park Zoo
813-935-8552, x479

  • Teens ages 13-17
  • Afterschool program that focuses on leadership, stewardship of animals and the environment and community engagement
  • Teens meet weekly at the Zoo and earn service hours through their participation


Frameworks of Tampa Bay (Formerly Ophelia Project)
813-514-9555 ex: 109

  • Girls on the Run: For elementary and middle school girls that focuses on social, emotional, and physical development; Integrates age-appropriate life skill lessons with training for a 5k run in a fun, interactive way
  • Teens In Action: 10 month coed social and emotional learning and civic engagement leadership program for high school students;  Develops strong social and emotional intelligence (EQ) and teaches the importance of life-long philanthropy and civic engagement
  • PATHS is an evidence-based curriculum that promotes social and emotional learning; Preventing or reducing behavioral and emotional problems in youth


G.E.M.S. (Girls Empowered Mentally for Success, Inc.)

  • At risk girls ages 10-17 in Hillsborough County
  • Addresses and meets the multiple needs of girls that are facing risk factors, such as lack of parental involvement, school dropout, substance abuse, low self-esteem, among others
  • Designed to decrease negative socioeconomic trends distressing a young girl’s development from early adolescence through late adolescence
  • Offers group mentoring, one to one adult mentoring, and peer mentoring at different stages of the program


Healthy Transitions
Refer through calling  2-1-1

  • Young adults ages 16-25 who are struggling with behavioral health issues
  • Wellness groups along with individualized case management
  • Educational and vocational support services
  • Services are home/community based


High School Diploma Program –
West University Charter High School
Seminole Heights Charter High School

Non-traditional high school setting serves youth 16-21/Hillsborough County

  • Opportunity to complete credits towards earning a high school diploma at their own pace


Pace Center for Girls

  • At-risk girls between 12-17 years old in Hillsborough County
  • Social Services and Academic Day program for girls who may be struggling in their community and/or school setting; identified as dependent, truant, runaway, ungovernable, delinquent or in need of academic skills
  • Serves as an alternative to incarceration by providing therapeutic support services, individualized and group counseling, a gender-specific life management curriculum, academic education, individualized attention, parental involvement, community service and 3 years of follow up transition services.


Peace in Action – The Spring of Tampa Bay, Inc.

  • Youth between ages 13-17 arrested for violent behavior, have been exposed to domestic violence, and/or have the propensity to commit interpersonal violence
  • Youth domestic violence intervention program designed to reduce youth violence in the home, community and school
  • Goal is for participants to learn violence and abuse are not acceptable forms of behavior
  • Participants are taught coping and conflict resolution skills within relationships
  • Six two-hour weekly sessions completes the program, certificate of completion provided with successful completion


Phoenix House – Derek Jeter Center

  • Comprehensive outpatient services for teens
  • Helps families address adolescent substance abuse
  • State, Medicaid, Insurance and self-pay. Sliding scale reductions based on household income are available for adolescents.


Project Link


  • Program focuses on improving school attendance by addressing the underlying difficulties within families that lead to truancy
  • Elementary to high school students and their families in the East and West Tampa area
  • Students are identified as at-risk of chronic absenteeism, social skills development, and academic achievement


Project Latino Style – USF

  • Latino youth ages 14-17 and a parent or guardian in all surrounding counties
  • Participate in interactive workshops (teens in English and parents in Spanish),
  • Acquire skills to facilitate parent-child communication about topics such as sex, alcohol, drug, dating violence, HIV, nutrition, exercise, etc
  • Participants get paid up to $250 for completing some questionnaires


Successful Kids
813-871-7412 Ext.103

  • Children and  youth, ages 6-17 in Hillsborough County
  • Coordinates access to mental health and other supports based individual needs of the child/youth
  • Services are home/community based and focus on the entire family
  • Goal is keep children in their homes, schools and communities


Supportive Therapy Empowering People

  • Provides individual, family and group therapy to children, teens and adults who are experiencing challenges causing turmoil in the home, school and workplace
  • Mentors provide encouragement to some of the children who tend to be scapegoated and attempt to use one-on-one time to engage in supportive and positive activities together
  • Anger Management and Intensive Parenting classes
  • Anger Management Court approved 6 week groups
  • Major Insurances such as Cigna, Aetna, Humana, Mental HealthNet, TriCare and CMS and Self-pay


Sylvia Thomas Center for Adoptive and Foster Families

Support to pre-adoptive and post-adoptive families

  • Provides in-home case management to post-adoptive families in crisis
  • Four support groups for adoptive parents and adopted children


Tampa Housing Authority Youth and Family Services

  • Youth identified as those exhibiting runaway, ungovernable, and truant behavior between the ages of 7-17 years
  • Offers individual, group and family counseling, as well as case management services
  • Services are provided primarily in the client’s home and/or school setting.
  • Offers Healthy Parenting and Anger Management classes for parents.


Teen Parent Program – Hillsborough County School District

  • Voluntary program designed to meet the needs of expectant youth and teen parents
  • Students have the option to participate in the program by choosing to go the Traditional School  route or attend at a Parent Teen Center
  • Student has to be enrolled in a Hillsborough County Public School to be eligible for the program


Teen Support Groups – Family Enrichment Center

2nd and 4th Weds of the every month

  • Teens come together and discuss all issues and success with peers and provide support and encouragement for each other


Young Life
Visit website here

  • Their mission is to introduce adolescents to Jesus Christ and to help them grow in their faith
  • Brings the good news of Jesus Christ into the lives of adolescents with an approach that is respectful of who kids are and hopeful about who they can be


Youth Advocate Program

  • One-to-one case management
  • Gender specific
  • Working to accomplish goals/needs identified by the family during initial assessment
  • Youth ages 10-17
  • Reside in zip codes 33610, 33612, 33617, 33604, 33619, 33569, 33605, 33607, 33511


WIA Youth Program – Tampa Bay Workforce Alliance

  • Youth ages 16-21/Hillsborough County
  • Low income youth who face a barrier to achieving goals
  • Assist with training and post secondary tuition costs, assist with employment, pay GED tuition and offer supportive services


Woman to Woman – Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services
813.558.1370 Ext 306

  • Mentoring program for teenage mothers and pregnant girls who are at risk for academic failure and repeat pregnancies
  • Mentors organize skill-building workshops, evening and overnight events, all geared to help the teens to recognize negative behavioral patterns and create new ones that will empower them
  • Teens work with a Woman to Woman case manager to secure needed social services for themselves and their babies

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Children's Board of Hillsborough County
1002 East Palm Avenue
Tampa, FL 33605
Phone: 813-229-2884
Fax: 813-228-8122


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