The WorkStarter program seeks to create meaningful entry level jobs for high school graduates that aren't currently considering further education or career training.  We do this by matching recent high school graduates with local non-profit organizations which employ them for a period of one year.  WorkStarter donates the full cost of one year's employment to the non-profit organization.

The WorkStarter program is designed to benefit both the non-profit and the high school graduate.  The non-profit has an additional human resource to help pursue its goals and the high school graduate earns a salary while demonstrating and further building job skills.

The WorkStarter program is funded through the Big Drawer Fund of the American Endowment Foundation.  In May, 2018 WorkStarter launched a pilot program open to high school graduates and non-profit organizations in St Johns County, Florida. The pilot program successfully matched six graduates with the following organizations:

  • St Johns Housing Partnership

  • St Johns Council on Aging

  • United Way of St Johns County

  • St Augustine Humane Society

After the successful 2018 pilot program, WorkStarter is offering an expanded 2019 program including ten positions with a wider variety of non-profit organizations.  In addition to the four organizations listed above that participated in 2018, we're pleased to announce the addition of the following organizations in 2019:

  • Wildflower Healthcare

  • The St Augustine Lighthouse & Museum

  • INK!


St John's County, Florida


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