To leverage resources and avoid duplication of services, EOC partners with other local agencies serving the low-income population. Some of those partnerships include:
The Expanding Horizons Program
EOC received funds from the Attorney General’s settlement with JP Morgan Chase to teach children financial literacy. EOC utilizes these funds to send low-income teenagers from Okeechobee County to Indian River State College’s Expanding Horizons Summer Program. This summer youth program, for 14-16 year olds, provides students with an 8-week summer enrichment program. The Program combines academics with personal and professional development appropriate for teens’ maturity and growth. Students receive training and information on leadership and citizenship skills; basic skills (including financial literacy), and receive instruction on occupational skills and career exploration.
Summer Youth Enrichment Programs at Dasie Hope Center and Gifford Youth Achievement Center
EOC sponsors children to attend Dasie Hope Center’s summer camp and Gifford Youth Achievement Center’s summer program. All children sponsored come from low-income families with working parents.