​Learn more about the mission, vision, values and goals that guide Y.O.U..

Y.O.U . programs work to ensure that every young person is ready to pursue a path to economic self-sufficiency through mentoring, workforce preparation, career exploration, and work experiences that lead to that important first job and post-secondary success or training. We serve teens and young adults, ages 14-24, living in economically distressed communities.


Y.O.U. helps teens and young adults succeed by providing educational and workforce opportunities, skills development, and access to career pathways.


Our greater community works together to ensure every young person is ready to pursue a path to economic self-sufficiency.


Y.O.U. is deeply committed to providing services in Northeast Ohio through:

Equal Access to Opportunities – Teens and young adults living in economically distressed communities deserve support in confronting barriers to success.

Collaboration – We can accomplish more when we form mutually beneficial partnerships across sectors to deliver an effective continuum of services.

Excellence & Continuous Improvement – Evidence-based practices guide our actions and delivery of quality services to youth and employers.


Goal 1: More teens and young adults in Northeast Ohio are well prepared to enter the workforce.

Goal 2: Mutually beneficial relationships between employers and Y.O.U. are stronger and more focused on meeting workforce needs.

Goal 3: In Northeast Ohio’s youth workforce arena, Y.O.U. is a highly sought after expert and convener.

Goal 4: Y.O.U. has the financial resources and leadership to support its growth and impact youth workforce development.

To see our annual report for 2016, click here.