Friday, September 18, 2020

“The kids couldn’t wait to get their hands dirty!” said Youth Guidance Executive Director Phil Barnes. “Gardening has so many benefits for kids and adults alike, and this presents a fantastic opportunity to teach our students new skills.”

In addition to gardening and agriculture, Youth Guidance is implementing several programs this year to teach students life skills and career skills, including cooking, bike mechanics, money management, cosmetology, home economics and boat repair. 

Youth Guidance Mentoring Academy is dedicated to enriching the lives of Indian River County youth through mentoring relationships that inspire trust, self-esteem, and positive futures. Founded in 1973, Youth Guidance Mentoring Academy serves children ages 5-18 from low-income families.

Children receive daily meals and participate in one-on-one and group mentoring programs that include cooking, sewing, trade skills, life skills, S.T.E.A.M., tutoring, community service, and more.

All programming occurs after school and during the summer, and it is completely free for families. If you are interested in learning more about or donating to Youth Guidance Mentoring Academy, please call 772.492.3933, or visit our website at

To learn more about Youth Guidance Mentoring Academy, become a mentor, or make a donation, please call 772-492-3933 or visit

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