Reengagement in Tallahassee

Tallahassee Engaged in Meaningful Productivity for Opportunity youth (TEMPO) provides program-neutral community outreach from a base in the City of Tallahassee government, to connect young adults between the ages 16 and 24 with the regional CareerSource Office and a network of education and employment programs.

TEMPO operates as a cross-sector partnership to provide disconnected youth with opportunities to succeed from cradle to career. It uses data to highlight issues and opportunities, identifies effective practices and aligns community resources to fill gaps and spread what works.

TEMPO makes referrals to CareerSource for the Dynamic Futures Program for screening. CareerSource assigns a Specialist to each TEMPO participant. Upon assessment for GED examination preparation, TEMPO participants complete a five-week course until exam administration. If a TEMPO participant already holds a diploma or GED, then the specialist will assist them with job training and placement. The Project Manager contacts TEMPO participants biweekly for life coaching and mentoring.


Promising Practices

  • Launched a website (, which includes a central referral portal and a section for young people to preview some of their options.
  • Provide disconnected youth with free city bus passes to attend career planning appointments and GED classes.
  • Developed a Disconnected Youth pocket resource guide to assist TEMPO participants with the location of area businesses, churches, self-help organizations, voting precincts, names of elected officials and governmental agencies.

2017-2018 Activity

  • TEMPO launched in October, 2017. To date TEMPO has made 160 referrals to CareerSource, Capital Region for GED examination and/or job training and placement. Currently there are 115 active participants in the program that have begun to prepare for the GED or begun job search.
  • 70-100 youth connected to an educational or employment opportunity; 20-30 youth are anticipated to graduate from this cohort with their GED within the calendar year.
  • TEMPO partnered with CareerSource, Capital Region, Capital City Youth Services, Department of Children & Family-Fostering for Success Program, State Attorney’s Office and Bethel Baptist Ready4Work Program.