Opportunity Youth helps youth ages 16-24 reconnect with school and the labor market to help find their pathway to a future of economic stability.

The Issue

In Georgia, 15.5 percent of those ages 16 to 24 are neither enrolled in school nor participating in the labor market, becoming disconnected from the systems that educate and prepare them for the future.

United Way's Role

United Way provides best practices, corporate and funding partners to help expand the reach and improve support for the post-secondary success of Opportunity Youth and their vulnerable peers.

The Results

Over the last three years, the Youth Services Collaborative (YSC) engaged more than 80 corporate volunteers and served more than 3,100 Opportunity Youth, of which 35 percent became engaged in an educational program, 68 percent participated in employment internships and 21 percent obtained a credential of value.