Transitional Independent Living - The FLITE Center

FLITE Launch Party
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Every year, 120 foster kids in Broward County must leave their foster homes because they’ve turned 18 years old.  While they may be considered legal adults, many haven’t fully developed the life skills needed to function successfully in the adult world.

That’s why the Junior League of Greater Fort Lauderdale created the Fort Lauderdale Independence Training & Education Center (FLITE Center).  It was conceived as a resource to connect young adults with the full range of assistance available in the community. Through the FLITE Center and community agencies teens entering early adulthood learn the practical skills needed to succeed as they set out on their own.  We offer a place for teens to bond with others making the same transition and provide essential support as they take on adult responsibilities and begin building their lives as productive members of the community.

FLITE Center Services

The FLITE Center provides a "one-stop shop" where foster youth can access a variety of community resources.  The following community services are available through out-posted positions from various agencies in the community working with this population:

  • Life skill training will encompass the following areas: budgeting, credit counseling, meal planning and preparation, healthy relationships, parenting skills as well as other needed skill development workshops.
  • Educational services will include links to services available to obtain a high school diploma or GED, assistance in identifying college, post-secondary education options, applications and identifying financial aid sources.
  • Employment services will include resume building, interviewing skills, and referrals for  job placement.
  • Economic services will also be provided to help teens with obtaining economic  and financial assistance.
  • Real connections with caring adults will be offered to the youth through mentors and Life Coaches, who will provide guidance and positive adult behavior to the teens.

Are you interested in getting more involved with this project?

  • Donate your time to the FLITE Center.
  • Donate office supplies or other items to the FLITE Center or sponsor the grand opening of the FLITE Center through food or monetary donations.
  • View the FLITE Center wish list and donate household items to help teens prepare for independent living.
  • Make a donation to the Junior League directed toward FLITE Center.  It will take the support of the entire community, Junior League, and each of you to make the FLITE Center a project that will serve the foster children of Broward County for years to come.

If you are interested in helping the Junior League of Greater Fort Lauderdale make a difference, please contact us or visit us at

Contact the FLITE Center

Kristen Guerrise, MSW
Executive Director
The FLITE Center
351 North State Road 7, Suite 102
Plantation, FL 33317
(954)530-4686 - Office
(561)445-6120 - Cell