ABOUT US

WHO WE ARE

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

 

RFL is a family environment where young people find basic needs like food & meal kits; personal & hygiene supplies; caring support; and have 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.

 
 

OUR reach

OUR reach

within Pinellas County, Florida

500

YOUTH ARE PART OF THE READY FOR LIFE FAMILY

15

YOUTH GRADUATED COLLEGE IN 2020

YOUTH HAVE SUCCEEDED IN FINDING A JOB IN 2020

73

YOUTH WERE ASSISTED THROUGH THE RFL PANTRY IN 2020

222

145

LITTLE ONES ARE BEING SUCCESSFULLY PARENTED

MEET THE TEAM

 
Kathy Mize

KATHY MIZE, MSW

CEO

O: (727) 954-3989 ext. 222

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MICHELLE WALAG

Vice President of Strategic Partnerships

O: (727) 954-3989 ext. 223

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CARLA MATTERN

Director of Development

O: (727) 954-3989 ext. 233

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MICHAEL FORSTER

Director of Youth Programs

O: (727) 954-3989 ext. 239

Shadai Simmons

SHADAI SIMMONS

Youth Development Coordinator

O: (727) 954-3989 ext. 225

Falana Shannon

FALANA SHANNON

Youth Specialist

Supervisor

O: (727) 954-3989 ext. 224

Nate Johnson

NATE JOHNSON

Youth Specialist

O: (727) 954-3989 ext. 226

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MARIA JANSSON

Data Coordinator

O: (727) 954-3989

 

BOARD MEMBERS

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, Chair    Kay Dillinger

Susan Doll    Melissa Hill    Mary Pat McLain    Sally McLane

Chrissy Pettineo    Bud Risser    Kathy Mize, CEO