Youth Opportunity Program

The mission of the Burlington County Youth Opportunity Program (YOP) is to provide youth with the necessary skills to become prepared for both academic and employment success.

The Youth Opportunity Program holds high expectations for all youth and young adults to acquire and continuously improve their academic skills that will concentrate on the preparation for rewarding careers and continued education/training. The Youth Opportunity Program has a strong commitment to providing youth with ongoing mentoring opportunities, supportive services, incentives for recognition and achievement and to provide activities related to leadership development, decision making, citizenship, and community service.

Youth Opportunity Program Eligibility Criteria

OSY (Out of School youth) Eligibility:

  1. Not attending any school (As defined under state law)
  2. Age 16 to 24
  3. Meet one or more additional condition:
  • School Drop Out
  • Within the age of compulsory school attendance, but has not attended school for at least the most recent complete school year calendar quarter
  • Recipient of a secondary school diploma or its recognized equivalent who is low income and either basic skills deficient or an English language learner
  • Subject to the juvenile or adult justice system
  • A homeless youth, a runaway, in foster care or has aged out of the foster care system, a child eligible for assistance under section 477 Social Security Act (42 U.S.C 677), or in an out of home placement
  • Pregnant or Parenting
  • An Individual with a Disability
  • Low income individual who requires additional assistance to enter or complete an educational program or to secure employment.