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Changing Lives
Beyond Foster Care

RFL is a solution-based skill center supporting former foster care youth in homelessness prevention, education and employment, and lifeline support networks. RFL offers a unique Educational Learning Lab program; a Mental Health Counselor; legal services provided through the Community Law Program, supported by the St. Petersburg Bar Association; Mentor Program; Youth Council; Mommy & Me; Keys to Independence; Child Abuse Prevention; and more.


RFL is a family environment where young people find basic needs like food and meal kits; personal and hygiene supplies; caring support; and access to laundry and shower facilities. We understand that until immediate basic needs are met, it is nearly impossible to contemplate the future...and RFL believes that all young people deserve the opportunity for a successful future.

Our Mission

Ready for Life provides the support, resources, and guidance former foster care youth need to successfully transition to adulthood.

Our Vision

Ready for Life assists young adults as they make the challenging transition from foster care to adulthood, preventing homelessness and helping them achieve their goals.

Our Message

We are a family-like community that serves, inspires, and empowers young adults that have transitioned out of foster care to be Ready for Life.

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Our Impact


“Due to her involvement with Mommy & Me, Serena is working to build a wonderful life for herself and her children, and in doing so she is keeping them far away from the childhood she had once experienced—far away from the cycle of foster care.”


View our 2022-2023 Impact Report to read the success stories of former foster youth Damien, Karalynna, and Serena.

Meet the Team

Meet the Team




(727) 513-4679



VP of Administration

(727) 472-9630

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Programs Facilitator

(727) 954-3989

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Mental Health Counselor

(727) 954-3989

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SVP of Strategic Partnerships

(727) 500-2599



Director of Youth Programs

(727) 291-9861



Youth Specialist

(727) 349-1231

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Front Desk

(727) 954-3989



VP of Operations

(727) 250-4028



Parent Aide & Volunteer Coordinator

(727) 500-1992



Youth Specialist

(727) 291-9250

Board & Advisory Council


Our co-founders were approached about developing a nonprofit that would focus on assisting this population through this transition and thus Ready for Life was created.  

David Fischer    Gerry Hogan    Bud Risser  –  Co-Founders


Yvette Bean

Kenneth Beattie 

Scott Clendening 

Ben Coughanour

Bob Dillinger

Jennifer Dittman

Mary Pat McLain (chair)

Sally McLane

Crystal Moore

Bud Risser

Kathy Mize, CEO

Jamelle Connor

Provost, St. Petersburg College • Co-Chair RFL Advisory Council


Glenn Gomer

Attorney • Co-Chair RFL Advisory Council


Scott Clendening

Commercial Partners Realty • Immediate Past Chair RFL Advisory Council


Ken Beattie

RFL Chairman of the Board of Directors


Kathy Mize

CEO & One of the Founders of RFL


Michelle Walag

SVP Strategic Planning RFL • Staff Lead RFL Advisory Council


Erika Almond

Tournament Director Suncoast Ladies Classic


Mike Brown

Owner Trunk Bay Designs • President Santa’s Angels 


Laura Connelly

GFWC Florida Federation of Women’s Clubs Second Vice President


Kay Dillinger

The Beth Dillinger Foundation

Garreth Hughes

Director, Raymond James

Terry Farner

Founder Suncoast Kingfish Classic 

Anne Gottlieb

Owner & Founder of Profiles Placement Services in Baltimore, MD • Mentor RFL • Chair of the RFL Marketing & Communications Committee


Uday LeLe

Serial Entrepreneur

Kelly Mione

Marketing Professional, Retired


Margaret Martin

Re-Design Your Life Coach for Women 50’s, 60’s, 70’s • Martin & Associates


Jeni Mitchell

Retired, Former CEO of Caregivers Network • Founder of the Dr. David Zabrocki Dental Foundation and Program at RFL

Jenn Tran

Chief People & Culture Officer for the Tampa Bay Rays


Bill Weiner

Chief People & Community Officer for the Tampa Bay Rays

Ben Walker

We're growing!
Join our team

Ready for Life assisted over 219 former foster youth last year, supporting them in crisis, celebrating their successes, and helping stop the cycle of child abuse and foster care. Ready to help? Check out our job listings.

Youth Specialist

Part Time, Hourly

Location: Pasco County, Florida

Reports to: Pasco County Program Manager 
Compensation: $15.50 hourly

Contact: Send Resume to Michael Forster, VP Operations, 

Hours:  Part time (up to 20 hours a week), hourly, in-person (not remote), position that may require evening and weekend work as requested or at the needs of the clients served.


Purpose of Position: To manage a case load comprised of young people who have spent time in the foster care system. To create relationships with local group homes to raise awareness of Ready for Life and Ready for Life programs. To assist youth on a day-to-day basis with life skills development and crisis management. 


- Lived in and experienced the foster care system. - Ability to cultivate relationships and serve as a role model to youth who have lived through similar experiences. - Well-versed knowledge of Pasco County resources and programs that assist young people ages 15-25 years old. - Ability to work in a team environment and independently as needed. - Proficiency in computer use, specifically Microsoft Office products. - Driver’s License required. - This is a granted position which requires that the employee be between the ages of 15-24 years old. Monthly and Yearly Event Planning and Youth Recruitment: - The Annual Truly Amazing Resource Race - Mentor Match Events - After Hours Youth Programing - Open Office Friday- Activity Management and Scheduling Resource Presentations - Back to School Drive - Summer Pool Party - Tours of Ready for Life facility with Youth Speakers - Annual Thanksgiving Feast - Annual Christmas Gift Giving - Opportunity Passport - Group home visits to recruit for events and spread awareness of Ready for Life services. Daily Responsibilities (On-site and in the Field): - Daily Case Management to include providing life skills education and referring to appropriate community resources. - Participation in community groups and committees. Participation in after-hours youth run programs and clubs. - Tracking usage and data entry. - Assisting with upkeep of on-site services and supplies. - Additional Duties Public Speaking Engagements and Presentations - Monthly Data Reporting on Youth Services - Identifying new youth needs and assisting in the creation of new programs to fill the need. - Fundraising Events throughout the year

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