49 Rancocas Road
Mt. Holly, NJ 08060


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 fourteen (14) to twenty-one (21) years, in-school and out-of-school.

This program vows to improve the long-term employability 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:

  • High School Dropout
  • Pregnant or Teen Parent
  • Homeless, Runaway or Foster Child
  • 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.
*All inquires are strictly confidential.

The Youth Opportunity Program provides the following comprehensive services:
  • Tutoring, study skills training, and instruction leading to the completion of secondary school, including dropout prevention strategies
  • Alternative secondary school offerings
  • Summer employment opportunities directly linked to academic and occupational learning
  • Paid or unpaid work experience, including internships and job shadowing
  • Occupational skills training
  • 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;
  • Comprehensive guidance and counseling, which may include drug and alcohol abuse counseling
  • Follow-up services for a minimum of at least twelve (12) months after completion of the program.
For more information, contact:
Cicely Watts
Youth Opportunity Program
Youth Development Specialist
795 Woodlane Road
P.O. Box 228
Westampton, NJ 08060

Click here to view the Youth Opportunity Program Brochure

Youth Council

The goal of the Workforce Investment Board's Youth Council is to create a unified youth service delivery system allowing eligible youth to receive the services they need to become prepared for both academic and employment success.

For more information, contact:
Barbara Weir
795 Woodlane Road
PO Box 6000
Westampton, NJ 08060
609-265-5603 work
609-265-5399 fax

Employment Resources

If you are between the ages of 14 to 21, there are some things you need to be aware of. If you are under 18 years of age, you will need working papers. Visit the New Jersey Department of Labor or Youth Rules web sites for information on how to obtain working papers, as well as answer your questions about wage and hour laws. To speak directly to a representative from the Department of Labor Wage and Hour Compliance, please contact (609) 292-8168 or (609) 292-8228.

NJ has embarked on a demand-side analysis of the major industry sectors to identify the emerging skill sets of the workplace. This initiative, NJ Next Stop, brought together leading business, labor, education and government leaders to learn to future skills that employees will need to be competitive in the marketplace.

Financial Resources

If you are interested in pursuing a college education, the project Affordable Schools Online: www.AffordableSchoolsOnline.com/Cheap-Colleges is a comprehensive and informative resource that allows you to search for colleges and their respective tuition. This information is very valuable to today's students who are not only dealing with a more competitive higher educational environment, but also with the rising costs associated with them.

Benefits of Registered Apprenticeship

Through the Apprenticeship Agreement, an apprentice, as an employee, receives supervised, structured on-the-job training combined with related technical instruction. The on-the-job training provides the diversity of training required to perform at a highly skilled level and the related instruction provides the technical knowledge required to perform at a highly skilled level. Some registered apprenticeship programs also have dual accreditation through post-secondary institutions which apply credit for apprenticeship completion towards an Associate Degree.

Are you interested in Registered Apprenticeship?

Go to www.doleta.gov/oa for information on how to become a Registered Apprentice.