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Kurt Oster

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Youth Service Coordinator

at The ILRC since 2019
(904) 399-8484


Rutgers University (2006)
B.A. in Urban Studies

University of Pennsylvania (2008)
Masters in Social Work (M.S.W.)

University of Southern California (2012)
Masters of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.)

Colorado Technical University (2017)
Master of Science (M.S.) in Homeland Security


Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society (2012)


Youth Services Coordinator

Kurt recently moved to Jacksonville, Florida from New Jersey for the warmer weather and new opportunities. He completed his undergraduate degree in Urban Studies Youth Civic Leadership at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. He went on to earn graduate degrees in Social Work (M.S.W.) at the University of Pennsylvania, Teaching (M.A.T.) at the University of Southern California and Homeland Security and Emergency Management (M.S.) at Colorado Technical University. He began working with individuals with disabilities full-time in 1996, through Central California Special Olympics and Break the Barriers, Inc. Kurt is a professional sibling growing up with a younger sibling with Autism.  Kurt’s passion is rooted in social justice and social change.

In 2006, Kurt became a published scholar in the field of youth civic engagement. Since 2006, he has developed and refined his skills in social work, non-profit management, education, and emergency management. An accomplished and published scholar, Kurt is currently licensed with the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Mental Health Counseling and Marriage and Family Therapy as a Registered Clinical Social Work Intern pursing his hours towards licensure as a clinical social worker. Kurt is an active volunteer for elderly-care in the state of Florida, travels the state teaching emergency management courses, and has a passion for the arts.



I work at the ILRC as a way to continue to give back. I spent my life growing up with my younger sibling with autism and know the first hand challenges parents and families go through when finding services. I come to the ILRC with my passion for creating change and working with youth in transition seeking employment and post-secondary opportunities.