Youth Opportunities Unlimited (Y.O.U.) is a nonprofit workforce development organization based in Cleveland, Ohio that serves teens and young adults ages 14-24 living in economically distressed areas in Cuyahoga, Lorain, and Lake Counties. Y.O.U.’s programs and services are focused on ensuring these individuals are ready to pursue a path to economic self-sufficiency through mentoring, employability skills training, industry-based credential training, career exploration, jobs, and internships.
Y.O.U.’s goal is to see that teens and young adults in Northeast Ohio are well prepared to enter the workforce. Y.O.U. is deeply committed to collaborating with other local youth-serving organizations to build the strongest workforce network possible.
Y.O.U. school-based programs help hundreds of teens annually overcome barriers related to poverty – violence, drugs, abuse and low-expectations, to name a few — while building employability skills, learning entrepreneurship skills, and obtaining internships and their first work experiences. Y.O.U. programs help teens graduate high school and go on to a career pathway through higher education, a certification program or an entry-level job.
Y.O.U. community-based programs help more than 3,000 teens and young adults annually, connecting them to career pathways through summer and year round jobs, internships and industry specific credential training programs. These programs are offered in collaboration with Ohio Means Jobs and other workforce and health and human services organizations.
Since its founding in 1982, approximately 160,000 teens and young adults have obtained a job or internship through Y.O.U., earning about $60 million in salaries and stipends.
This summer about 1,600 teens will earn $1,400,000 in summer jobs or internships, and 750 young adults ages 18-24 will earn $900,000 in a summer job or internship that could lead to full-time employment.
To see our annual report for 2016, click here.