Youth Opportunity Program

Our Pledge

We ensure that all youth, particularly those most in need, will acquire the necessary skills that will prepare them for academic and employment success. It is the purpose of the Youth Opportunity Program to provide comprehensive education and employment preparation services via a skills based design to eligible youth, ages 14 - 21 years, in school and out of school.

This program vows to improve the long term employ ability of youth, enhance the educational, occupational and citizenship skills of youth in a community service environment in alternative school programs, increase the employment and earnings of youth, reduce welfare dependency, and assist youth in addressing problems which may impair the ability of youth to make successful transitions from school to work, apprenticeship, the military, or post secondary education and training.

Eligibility Requirements

If you are a resident of Burlington County, between the ages of 14 - 21, the program is limited to low income individuals with the following barriers:

  • Any involvement with the Juvenile Justice System
  • Due to a disability, requires additional assistance to complete an educational program or to secure and hold employment
  • High school dropout
  • Homeless, runaway or foster child
  • Pregnant or teen parent

*All inquires are strictly confidential

The Youth Opportunity Program provides the following comprehensive services:

  • Alternative secondary school offerings
  • Comprehensive guidance and counseling, which may include drug and alcohol abuse counseling
  • Follow up services for a minimum of at least 12 months after completion of the program
  • Leadership development activities, which may include community service and peer-centered activities encouraging responsibility and other positive social behaviors during non-school hours
  • Mentoring by a caring adult
  • Occupational skills training
  • Paid or unpaid work experience, including internships and job shadowing
  • Summer employment opportunities directly linked to academic and occupational learning
  • Tutoring, study skills training, and instruction leading to the completion of secondary school, including dropout prevention strategies

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