The Urban Youth Empowerment Program WORKS (UYEP WORKS) focuses on strategic partnerships with employers; effective hiring of strong, committed program staff; careful attention to the mental health and substance use service needs of participants; and high-quality mentoring and restorative justice project opportunities.
UYEP WORKS caters to 18-24 year olds that are ex-offenders or high school drop outs. The program provides:
- Targeted educational and workforce curriculum based on interests
- Exposure to stipend-paying, real-world opportunities to gain technical and soft skills
- Connections to community services that bolster the learning process
- Civic engagement and restorative justice projects