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Our Model

Our Piece of the Pie(®), Inc. (OPP®) offers a relationship-centered approach to helping youth and young adults access and attain the educational, employment, and personal skills that lead to success. We work with youth to develop an individualized plan based on his or her aspirations and help map a realistic path to achieving those goals.  We provide a caring adult (called a Youth Development Specialist or YDS) in their lives, who can advise them along their journey. Youth meet regularly with their YDS, a life coach who actively engages them in goal planning and provides them with practical guidance and motivation to persist towards higher goals.  Their YDS helps them identify and overcome barriers and connects them to a personalized combination of academic, workforce development and youth development services tailored to meet their specific needs and goals. 

A relationship-centered approach to helping youth and young adults

OPP has high expectations for the youth we serve. Our goals are to help youth to get a college degree or post-secondary vocational credentials and/or to obtain long-term gainful employment. OPP rigorously tracks and measures its performance by our youth’s achievements and progress towards the long term and intermediate achievements that mark a successful transition to adulthood. Our model provides the following:

  • Every youth is matched with a youth development specialist.
  • Youth development specialists assess youth status and needs, and work with each youth to determine a pathway to a long-term educational and/or employment outcome.
  • All youth participants have access to educational, training/employment, and support services.
  • Each youth engages in a unique mix of programming based on their needs and goals.
  • OPP actively engages its referral partners to help youth overcome barriers not directly addressed by OPP programming.

OPP operates within Communities and inside High Schools

Pathways are funded in part by the US Department of Labor.