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Y Roads Centers





Y Roads is designed to support young people who are neither employed nor in school to get themselves on a path to success.

Y Roads Center Bronx                 Y Roads Center Jamaica            Y Roads Literacy Centers

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:

  • High School Equivalency (HSE) classes (formerly GED)
  • Workforce development training and job placement
  • Counseling services
  • Recreational activities and clubs
  • Additional services, including therapeutic mentoring, fatherhood training, and other options based on unique community needs
  • Employment Workshops
  • Support and Psycho-Educational groups

A New Strategic Partnership

Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow

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.


1. Kids Count - Indicator Brief: Reducing the Number of Disconnected Youth, The Annie E. Casey Foundation, July 2005, authored by Dr. Rima Shore for the Annie E. Casey Foundation.


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Almost a quarter of a million 16-24 year-olds in NYC are “disconnected.”

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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

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One in five young New Yorkers is both out of school and out of work.

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63 percent of all youth crime in New York City is committed by disconnected youth.

Financial Supporters of Y Roads

Altman Foundation
BNY Mellon
Capital One
Clark Foundation
Heckscher Foundation
Ira DeCamp Foundation
JP Morgan Chase Foundation
NY Life Foundation
NYC Department of Education
NYC Department of Probations
NYC Department of Youth and Community Development
NYC Economic Development
Pinkerton Foundation
Tiger Foundation