Why Work With Youth?

OPP is committed to youth.

Our target population is at-risk urban youth, ages 14-24, who are disengaged from their schools and communities, at risk of dropping out, or already dropouts. Our relationship-centered programming seeks to re-engage these youth and get them back on track (and stay on track) towards a high school diploma, postsecondary credential, and meaningful employment.

Our goals are to:

1. Help Youth Graduate High School

One in five students in CT failed to graduate high school with their intended class.

This becomes on in three students for minority students.


Alarmingly, dropouts cost Connecticut

in lost tax revenue and additional expenses, including

for health care, corrections, and welfare programs.


OPP re-engages students in their own education. We re-enroll students in their previous school or we offer a high school model designed to re-engage students.

We provide the personal support to reduce any barriers to their academic achievements.

2. Prepare Youth for the Workforce

OPP youth complete classes to develop soft skills they need to enter the workforce, like:



We place youth in internships & jobs where we continue to support them and their supervisors to make sure it's a successful experience. Even more, OPP looks at academic projections (where by 2020, 65% of jobs will require a post-secondary credential) and labor market projections, and has designed programs to help industries meet their needs.

3. Break the Cycle of Poverty, Crime, and Unemployment

OPP's programs prepare youth to earn postsecondary credentials to join the workforce.

The skills that they learn will benefit their futures, empowering them to earn better-wage jobs, increasing their earning potential, and reducing their use of social services in the long-term.