Our Mission:  To guide and empower our most vulnerable young adults to their full potential as independent contributing members of their communities

Our Vision: To provide opportunities that improve the outcomes for the lives of at-risk youth in our communities. 

Our Goals: To increase positive outcomes and reduce generational poverty for at-risk youth transitioning to adulthood and independence.

Serving Broward County at-risk youth ages 18-24.

 

 

Our approach

 

Our approach to helping young adults transition successfully to independence and adulthood is to bridge the gaps of economics and home economics with pragmatic life skill training.
The programs empower young adults to confidently make important life decisions that ultimately translate to self-reliant, productive lives.

 

Our collaborations with community colleges and trade schools help students prepare and navigate the application process for finances and vocation.

 

We partner with community businesses and social service agencies to cultivate and promote our services. 

 

We empower and educate young people to overcome challenges and find their full potential. 

 

 

We anticipate their contribution as citizens with homes and families of their own.

Broward College

 

 

Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport

 

 

Broward Sherrif’s office

Meet our board members

 


Civic by nature, committed by integrity, and passionate about the people we serve. Our Board of Directors are confident visionaries with the knowledge and courage to look, create and execute a successful strategic path to fulfilling the organization’s goals and mission.

Sylvia Johnson

President

Born and raised in London,  England Sylvia Traveled to the United States and pursued her dream of becoming a fashion designer and graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New york. With a successful career behind her and the growth of a new heart, her daughter, the well-being and development of children became paramount in her life and slowly gave rise to the development of Turning Point. Sylvia’s special interests include art, sketching, and painting.

 

  

Rorey Wanliss

Rorey has been actively involved as an advisor, volunteer, and role model with Turning Point since its inception. Rorey is a real estate site Development Manager for cell phone companies. He is a former track and field star earning a sports scholarship to the University of Idaho. He enjoys cooking for his children and wife of 30 years.

 

 

 

 

Serena Thompson

Serena has been a strong supporter of  Turning Point on every level since 2016. She exudes a passion for helping young people find direction and purpose in their lives. A graduate from FAU with a Bachelors’s in social work. Serena recently celebrated her first year anniversary as a board member and is looking forward to continued service. In her free time, she enjoys music, rescuing and caring for orchids, and keeping well informed on child welfare issues.

 

 

 

Dolores Ott

Secretary & Treasurer 

Ms. Ott is the producer and publisher of the  Manual for Florida Legal Secretaries. With years of experience in the legal field, Ms. Ott has worked as a legal secretary and paralegal. She was also an instructor for Legal Secretarial producers in the Broward County adult education.

 

 

Jacqueline Gordon

 

Jacqueline Gordon is a STEM pathway academic advisor at Broward College in Davie and has an extensive working hstory in the career service field.
She served as an assistant director of a career services office, a career advisor, an employer relations specialist, and an internship manager.
Jacqueline credits her professional start to being a Peace Corps volunteer in the Cape Verde Islands, off the coast of West Africa.

Barbara Gobbi

 

Barbara is a marketing and branding strategist with over 25 years of experience and has empowered and guided hundreds of organizations to discover their brand voice. She is actively involved in Rotary international, doing local and international service projects. She is passionate about helping nonprofits and small businesses reach their goals.