SARASOTA - Divante Watkins founded Future Leaders of America Inc. to help mentor youths in Sarasota and Bradenton achieve their dreams and goals.

The non-profit provides a leadership program to pair the youth with a big brother or sister, and plans to teach life skills such as financial responsibility with the hope of keeping the kids of the streets.  

“We try to work on helping them and figuring out what it is that they want to do or what it is that they want to pursue in life," said Watkins. " And then we go from there and we kinda guide them and lead them in that direction.”

The group is hosting a Back to School giveaway on August 10th to give kids school supplies for the upcoming school year. For more information on the non-profit and how to donate or volunteer visit