Percent reduction of disconnected youth. 

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Target: Reduce by 30%

Current performance: 37.6%.

In October 2017, the City of Tallahassee created the Tallahassee Engaged in Meaningful Productivity for Opportunity (TEMPO) program with the goal of reconnecting unemployed, at-risk and out-of-school youth between the ages of 16-24. This award-winning program reengages disconnected youth by providing them with education, living wage employment, and other long-term career opportunities. Through TEMPO’s community-based outreach and engagement model, the City has made it possible for youth in poverty, out of school, or unemployed, who live in Tallahassee’s Promise Zones and surrounding areas to improve their quality of life and that of their families [1]. The five-year target is to reduce the total population of disconnected Tallahassee youth by one-third or 2,100 individuals. TEMPO now has 2,300 participants and is a few participants away from reaching its five-year engagement goal. Of all participants, 50% have a previous offense, and to date, no active participant has reoffended, offended, or violated probation.

On June 24, 2022, the TEMPO program graduated a record 122 participants. They comprise TEMPO's fifth cohort and the largest graduating class since the program began in 2017. Sixty-eight formerly at-risk students received their GED certificates, and 54 received technical certificates from Lively Technical College and Tallahassee Community College in such areas as cosmetology, EMS, nursing, and welding. The vision for the program includes a Reengagement and Technical center that would provide wraparound services and 24/7 childcare.

Percentage of disconnected youth that have been engaged. Target: 30%


3. TEMPO. Data displayed cumulatively. Housing & Community Resilience. Last updated: April 2023

Rate of annual success for all TEMPO participants. Target: 10% or less recidivism rate


3. TEMPO. Housing & Community Resilience. Last updated: July 2022


1. Promise zones are high-poverty communities where the federal government partners with local leaders to increase economic activity, improve educational opportunities, leverage private investment, reduce violent crime, enhance public health and address other priorities identified by the community. (US Department of Housing and Urban Development)

2. The living wage is the hourly rate that an individual in a household must earn to support his or herself and their family. The assumption is that the sole provider is working full-time (2080 hours per year).

Housing and Community Resilience. Last updated: September 2022.