Creating a path for success by “reconnecting” disengaged youth
The next generation of NYC young people is faced with the challenge of finding employment during tough economic times. Almost a quarter of a million 17 to 24 year-olds in NYC are “disconnected,” meaning they are not going to school and they are not working. Many disconnected young people are high school dropouts.
By creating Y Roads Centers in high-need neighborhoods, the Y is able to reach out to NYC’s most disconnected young people. Y Roads Centers offer individualized, tailored programs and support-based environments with elements that include:
A New Strategic Partnership
The YMCA has partnered with Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow (OBT) to serve detached youth who live in and around Jamaica, Queens. By combining the YMCA’s strengths as a service provider for disengaged youth with OBT’s proven expertise in job training and workforce development, Y Roads is a destination for young people with a wide range of educational, developmental, and employment readiness needs.
Reaching Their Full Potential
From helping a young person get a high school equivalency, to preparing them for the workforce, to counseling for emotional and behavioral issues, to providing essential health screenings to providing access to state of the art recreational facilities - Y Roads centers give young people the tools they need to move forward in life, and the guidance and support they need to reach their full potential.
Almost a quarter of a million 16-24 year-olds in NYC are “disconnected.”
The overwhelming majority of disconnected youth come from poor households and communities, and from minority racial groups with 32% of disconnected youth being black, and 22% Hispanic.¹
One in five young New Yorkers is both out of school and out of work.
63 percent of all youth crime in New York City is committed by disconnected youth.
Financial Supporters of Y Roads