Out of School Youth Programs


Adolescent Career Transition

ACT is designed to assist youth age 18-24 who are emancipating from the foster care system achieve self–sufficiency.  Vocational training followed by up to 250 hours of paid work experience is coupled with life skills courses to assist youth with the transition to adulthood.  Referrals to this program are made via Department of  Human Services which continues to work with CRD staff to ensure the success of the young adults. Incentives are available to eligible participants providing further motivation for success


Blue Collar Career Training

This program is designed to provide occupational skills training for high school graduates ages 18-24 followed by up to 250 hours of paid work experience in the industry of training.  The areas are Warehouse Worker and Materials Handler, Building Industries and Welding.  Incentives are paid to participants during the classroom training.


Careers, Schools, Success

CS² is designed for high school graduates ages 18-24 who need life skills and vocational training to successfully transition into self-sufficient adulthood. CS² consists of vocational training in the youth’s area of interest. Successful completion moves participants to up to 250 hours of paid work experience in the private sector coupled with ongoing workshops to reinforce soft skills.  Job search assistance is available to those who have not yet found unsubsidized employment.


Transitional Age Youth

The goal of the TAY program is to provide youth with valuable employment resources while promoting job readiness skills. In addition, this program will prepare youth to become a successful employee by effectively using interpersonal skills through the understanding and interaction of soft skills preparation.


Re-entry Education Attainment Program

Recognized by US Department  of Labor and the  National Youth Employment Coalition with a 2002 PEPNet award, REAP is designed to give high school drop-out youth age 18 to 24 the opportunity to earn a high school diploma or GED, learn employability skills through vocational training and paid work experience, and improve self-esteem. Staff motivates,  encourages, and assists REAP clients in the re-enrollment process that eventually leads to self-sufficiency. Participants are monitored for school attendance and progress throughout the year and are provided with life/soft skills, career exploration, incentive stipends, and supportive services to help motivate them to stay in school and graduate.

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