AmeriHealth Caritas Florida donates to provide scholarships for at-risk youth

by | Feb 10, 2023



  • AmeriHealth Caritas Florida has donated $20,000 to the Florida Youth Foundation as part of a new partnership between the two organizations.
  • The Florida Youth Foundation, the direct support organization of the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice, will use the funding to support the Scholarship Tuition for At-Risk Students program (STARS).
  • The STARS program provides DJJ youth with a Florida Prepaid Plan to attend a two-year college or technical school, tuition-free.
  • AmeriHealth Caritas Florida has a history of supporting local communities and has recently donated to hurricane relief efforts and procured supplies for families in need.

AmeriHealth Caritas Florida,  the operator of a Medicaid-managed care plan through Florida’s statewide program, donated $20,000 to the Florida Youth Foundation as part of a newly-announced partnership between the two entities. The donation will be used to help provide scholarships to disadvantaged youth across the state.

The Florida Youth Foundation, which is the direct support organization of the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ), will use the funding to subsidize the Scholarship Tuition for At-Risk Students program (STARS), which provides DJJ youth with a Florida Prepaid Plan, allowing them to attend a two-year college or technical school, tuition-free.

“The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice and the Florida Youth Foundation work tirelessly to help improve the lives of young people, and we couldn’t do this important job without the support of individuals, businesses, and communities,” said DJJ Secretary Eric Hall. “We are so thankful for this generous donation from AmeriHealth Caritas Florida, which will help the Florida Youth Foundation change the lives of students, the lives of their parents, and the lives of citizens in our communities.”

According to the Florida Juvenile Justice Foundation, The STARS Program is a college and technical school tuition scholarship program available to assist youth who are in the 12th grade or receiving a GED and are currently supervised by the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice.

Elsewhere, DJJ programs assist youth with developing employability skills and the Florida Youth Foundation can assist with additional needs including GED tuition coverage, strenuous college expenses, and education fulfillment assistance.

“AmeriHealth Caritas Florida is proud to support this exceptional organization and help create positive opportunities for the state’s youth,” said AmeriHealth Caritas  Regional President Kathy Warner.

AmeriHealth Caritas Florida has recurringly contributed to local communities, most recently donating $10,000 to Feeding Florida’s hurricane relief efforts of delivering food boxes, produce, and other types of recovery materials to those impacted across the state.

The provider also procured $5,000 in diapers, wipes, bottles, and formula for families in need to add upon an initial parent company donation of $100,000 to the Florida Disaster Fund.

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