The vision of the Youth Opportunity System (YOS) is to provide opportunity to our community’s young adults to access the support and skills training necessary to become successful members of the workforce. The YOS empowers young adults to overcome barriers to employment by helping them recognize their own talent and abilities and by providing the tools necessary for them to effectively communicate in the workplace. This is accomplished through various opportunities that work toward common goals. The end result is a community of skilled young adults who meet the expectations of local employers.
Approximately 400 young adults may be served in the YOS each year. Participants are between the ages of 16 and 24. These young adults are low-income and face other barriers to employment including being parents, involvement in the juvenile justice system, dropping out of high school, being basic skills deficient, living in the foster care system, and/or homelessness.
These opportunities are provided through local contractors. While each program is unique all young adults in the YOS have the opportunity to complete high school education, participate in work experience, learn how to be financially responsible, develop soft skills and experience a year of follow up services to transition onto their next steps, and more. Community partnerships ensure that young adults have access to the 14 elements WIOA has deemed necessary for success. These include tutoring, alternative school, occupational skills training, pre-employment education, leadership development, supportive services, mentoring, guidance counseling, entrepreneurial skills training, labor market information, and preparation for post-secondary education and training.