Urban Youth Empowerment Program (UYEP)
The Urban Youth Empowerment Program helps young adults who have been involved in the juvenile justice system develop skills and find jobs through a combination of service-learning projects, education and career development activities. The program enables urban youth to enter vocational, educational and employment occupations. With an intensive, multi-faceted approach, UYEP presents young people with clear pathways and achievable goals to maintain positive goals for the future.
Participants will receive a comprehensive array of services delivered by experienced, dedicated Urban League staff and partners, including:
- Hands-on work experience with service-learning projects;
- GED instruction, study material, and test voucher;
- Job placement assistance and personalized financial planning services;
- Access to legal advisers, mentors and tutors;
- Cash awards for obtaining a GED, an industry recognized certificate and for staying on the job for 30 days;
The Urban Youth Empowerment Program is open and free of charge to young adults who meet the following eligibility requirements:
- Are between 18 and 21 years of age
- Were involved in the juvenile justice system at the age of 14 or above, including individuals who were:
- Under the supervision of the juvenile justice system in either out-of-home placements or on probation or parole;
- Under an alternative sentence;
- In a diversion program as an alternative to prosecution;
- Have achieved a minimum TABE score of 8th grade in English and Math;
- Have never been convicted as an adult under Federal or State law;
- Demonstrates an interest in UYEP activities.
Participants are required to enroll in the program on a full-time basis. This requires attendance of a minimum of 32 hours per week for 6 to 8 months. Eligible youth participate in a Service Learning Project to give back to their home community. Each participant will receive a schedule that is tailored to his or her specific interests and career or educational goals.
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For more information, please contact the Employment & Training Department at
(412) 227-5021 or firstname.lastname@example.org.