Yates Year-Round Youth Programs foster supportive environments for youth and young adults to develop their career pathways with avenues for career exploration, awareness and counseling. Our programs:
Support educational attainment through:
Educational opportunities that lead to a high school diploma or equivalency
Basic and English-language learner skills development
Post-secondary transition, technical training, or apprenticeship guidance
Prepare youth for employment success by:
Providing work readiness and life skills training
Connecting youth with paid and unpaid work experiences, including jobs, work try-outs, pre-apprenticeship and on-the-job training
Supporting occupational skills trainings leading to industry-recognized credentials
Facilitating career exploration and development
Build leaders by:
Cultivating entrepreneurial skills
Connecting participants with mentors
Offering peer learning opportunities
Facilitating financial education
Supporting civic engagement
Yates Youth Programs also link youth to support services, such as drug, alcohol and mental health treatment. The programs facilitate connections with community organizations, and address barriers like inaccessible transportation or childcare.
Who is Eligible to Participate?
Out-of-School or In-School Youth are eligible to participate in the WIOA Youth Programs.
Out-of-School Youth -
16 to 24 years old, who do not attend school per New York State Education Law, and experience one or more designated barriers to
employment and educational success. Examples of barriers include pregnancy, parenting, disability, or involvement in foster care or the justice system.
In-School Youth -
14 to 21 years old, and are attending school. These participants must be typically low-income and facing at least one designated barrier