Studies show that nearly 60 percent of first-year U.S. college students are unprepared for post secondary studies. This readiness gap between college eligibility and preparedness is costly not only to students but also to families and institutions. Tampa Heights Junior Civic Association understands the growing concern that students are entering colleges and universities without adequate academic preparation. It is this path that THJrCA feels services are essential to our long-term plan to ensure every student have an opportunity for academic success.

THJrCA High School Initiative is designed to help teens set and pursue high educational and career goals resulting in graduation and acceptance into a post-secondary institute or adoption of a vocation. Also, the program helps teens improve academic performance, develop a positive sense of self, build character, explore diverse college and career options, and interact with professionals who serve as role models.

THJrCA High School Initiative is a year-round, enrolling new first-year students each year. During the school year, students participate in weekly after school sessions and monthly Saturday activities. Students also take part in job shadowing opportunities and college tours. During the summer, qualified rising juniors and seniors are provided the opportunity to work in paid summer internships.

Serving students from varying academic levels, each student is identified through assistance from Communities in Schools, school counselors, teachers, and administrators.

Tampa Heights Youth Development Center
2005 N. Lamar Ave.
Tampa, Florida 33602


Executive Director:
Patrick Sneed, MBA