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Youth Opportunity Connect Program Registration Will Be Available May 1, 2023

Youth must be entering grades 7th, 8th, 9th, or 10th grade in the Fall of 2023


What is the Youth Opportunity Connect Program?

Youth Opportunity Connect helps Middle School & Highschool youth discover their full potential as productive members in our community while preparing them to become eligible for Mayor Brown’s Summer Internship program for High School students. YOCP also promotes personal growth, self-exploration, and independence in an environment that is safe and supportive. YOCP participants will also explore career and educational opportunities along with working in a small group setting that helps them discover self-awareness and improve the development of their communication, emotional, and social skills.

Who can Enroll in this program?

This is a FREE program, open to any youth attending a Buffalo Public School or Charter School, who resides in the City of Buffalo. Youth must be entering grades 7th, 8th, 9th, or 10thgrade in the Fall of 2023

When does the program take place?

The program begins on Monday July 10th and operated for 6-weeks until Friday August 18th 2023

Where does the Program take place?

The program will be in person Monday through Friday at the Machnica Community Center, located at 1799 Clinton Street, Buffalo, NY 14206. In-person programming will operate from 8am-3pm Monday through Friday. 

Why choose you enroll your child(ren) on the YOC program?

Buffalo PAL will provide Work Readiness Supports, the YOC program will build a youth’s capacity to move towards gainful employment. This will include resume writing, additional job seeking opportunities, mock interviewing, and understanding employer and workplace expectations.

Buffalo PAL will work with youth on developing positive work habits, behaviors, attitudes and gaining the necessary soft skills to be successful in the job market. Buffalo PAL will also work in partnership with local banks and credit unions to support saving and promote good spending habits.

Youth will have the opportunity to have career exploration through workshops and educational field trips/tours to various businesses around the WNY area. It is very important to expose our youth to careers that may interest them and influence their educational path.

*All programs will be delivered under the New York State department of Health COVID-19 safety guidelines approved by the Erie County Department of Health*