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Youth Opportunity Connect Program

This program is limited to 30 participants. YOU MUST REGISTER TO HOLD YOUR SPOT JUNE 1, 2021

Youth must be entering grades 7th, 8th, 9th, or 10th grade in the Fall of 2021

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 10th grade in the Fall of 2021

When does the program take place?

The program begins on Monday July 12th and operated for 6-weeks until Friday August 20th 2021

*2-Summer Camping Weekends at Camp Turner, arriving 8 pm on Friday July 16th and August 6th, and departing Camp Turner on Sunday at 10 am. Services include lodging, programming and food service. (more info provided in parent acceptance letter)

Where does the Program take place?

The program will be a hybrid program with youth meeting in person on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays in Cohorts of 20 youth at the Johnnie B. Wiley Complex, located at 1100 Jefferson Ave. (dodge street entrance) and on Tuesday’s & Thursday’s Via Zoom for Virtual workshops and presentations. In-person programming will operate from 8am-4pm Monday/Wednesday/Friday. Virtual programming will operate from 10am-1pm Tuesday/Thursday.

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*

ALL YOUTH AND STAFF MUST WEAR MASKS AT ALL TIMES WHILE INSIDE ANY BUILDING DURING THE YOUTH OPPORTUNITY CONNECT PROGRAM HOURS

This program is limited to 30 participants. YOU MUST REGISTER TO HOLD YOUR SPOT JUNE 1, 2021