The Project Focus Foundation is a non-profit organization established to provide programs and services through a unique learning community to assist young adults with disabilities to connect with each other and integrate into the larger community in order to live their best lives. The Foundation benefits the existing programs of Focus Academy, as well as new and future initiatives for young adults with developmental disabilities.
As we build on our success and look to the future, your help is needed in funding these exciting programs:
Focus Academy: Established in 2013, Focus Academy provides innovative charter middle school, high school, and transition programs for students in sixth grade through age 22 that infuses social skills therapies into the curriculum. All students participate in drama therapy and in visual and performing arts classes, as well as strong academic classes that are tailored to individual learning needs. The Transition Program builds on the success of the high school, providing students that have completed 12th grade additional training in job skills and independent living skills.
Focus Café: Located inside the Temple Terrace Family Recreation Complex, the Café is a fully functioning non-profit business offering beverages and snacks to patrons and the public. It is staffed by Focus Academy Transition Program students, who learn valuable skills such as inventory, customer service, using a cash register, and more.
Focus Forward: Open since January 2021, Focus Forward extends the timeline for young adults with disabilities to increase their employability by offering daily activities and community outings. The program is geared toward young adults aged 22 years and up.
Vocational Rehabilitation Services: Plans are underway to establish a VR Service Provider program to assist students and young adults with their job training support needs.
Focus Outreach & Support: Seminars and coaching on relevant topics for both families/caregivers as well as young adults with disabilities. Project Focus will provide scholarships for needed services, such as transportation or guardianship fees.
Future residential community: A final planned phase of the Focus family of projects is an integrated living community, tentatively named Focus Connect, which will include supported and independent living areas for developmentally disabled adults to call home. Project Focus is establishing a fund earmarked for the purchase of real estate for this goal.
It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop. – Confucius
To provide programs and services through a unique learning community to assist young adults with disabilities to connect with each other and integrate into the larger community in order to live their best lives.
To create a unique learning, working, and living community where young adults with disabilities can experience a full, satisfying and successful life as connected and active members of the community.