Policy Studies Associates

Supports for Opportunity Youth



New York City Department of Youth and Community Development

The Opportunity Youth: Supported Work Experience program is administered by the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development’s Neighborhood Development Area (NDA) initiative and funded by the federal Community Services Block Grant (CSBG). The program is designed to provide work-readiness training to teens and young adults ages 16-24 who are not enrolled in school and not employed. At the end of the program, participants are expected to have a resume; to have demonstrated gains in work-readiness skills; and to have secured or developed a plan for obtaining a job, enrolling in continuing education, or enrolling in occupational training or the military. PSA conducted an evaluation of the Opportunity Youth program to (1) document and share promising implementation strategies from providers and (2) help DYCD better target and strengthen the guidance and support provided to programs.

Creating Opportunities: Strategies for Supported Work Experience