Youth Opportunities Unlimited (YOU) – St. Clair County Only
One of the main barriers to employment is lack of education. The YOU Out of School Youth Program provides GED preparation, preparation for employment and/or post secondary education, IL skills development, advocacy, peer supports, leadership development, and information & referrals to at-risk youth, ages 16 – 21, who are out of school and reside in St. Clair County. Our goal is to help participants develop critical thinking skills, reduce employment/education barriers, and increase self-esteem and motivation, empowering youth to make their own choices as to what best suits their life goals and needs.
Using both individual and group methods, the YOU Program prepares youth to complete their GED, through one-on-one tutoring, official GED Ready pretesting, computer skills upgrading, accommodations, leadership opportunities and more. The YOU Program also offers employment skills such as resume writing, application completion, job search techniques, job retention skills, and labor market research. The YOU Program also offers assistance with career interest exploration, college application completion, and financial aid (FAFSA) assistance.
Achieving Maximum Potential (AMP)
AMP is a program for high school students that combines disability connection and pride, communication skills, goal setting, leadership skills, understanding rights and responsibilities, and self-advocacy.
Youth Transition Services
Youth transition is held in the high schools in St. Clair, Lapeer and Sanilac Counties at this time, providing transition classes to graduating seniors who receive Special Education services. Transition focuses on employment basics, post-secondary education information, money and finances, and independent living.
Summer Youth Leadership Training
SYLT puts all the independent living pieces together for youth to become leaders in their own lives. This eight day training covers topics of diversity, uniqueness, teamwork, leadership skills, volunteering, advocacy, housing, community agencies, goal setting, transition planning, post-secondary education and training, career exploration, and steps to employment.