Relationship-Based Approach

At OPP we believe that with access and opportunity, all youth can succeed.

Our programs are effective because we invest in forging and growing a personal, consistent relationship between each youth and a caring, committed, and proactive adult staff member. These adults, called Youth Development Specialists (YDS), are by the side of every youth who participates in our programs, helping them to navigate past barriers and toward high school graduation, a college degree or vocational certification, and rewarding post-education employment.

Upon enrollment, each youth, working with their YDS, develops a comprehensive individualized success plan, with longer-term goals such as graduating from high school broken into smaller steps, e.g. raising class attendance to 90%, or getting tutoring help. Through breaking long-term goals down and supporting the young people in accomplishing each smaller step, OPP provides an accessible route for them to achieve consistent, affirming and sustainable success. In addition, each path is flexible and goals and interim steps can be updated and adjusted based upon a youth’s circumstances or overall change in goal.

Staff make weekly contact to catch up, review and adjust services as needed. Regular communication is key to success with this population.

OPP provides services in two settings: Community and High Schools, working with youth throughout Central and Eastern Connecticut through five program settings. Based on the situation and need, OPP youth receive a blend of Youth Development, Academics, and Workforce Development services. See The Three Pillars for more information.

OPP works with youth as they attain these ultimate goals: High School Diploma, Postsecondary Degree or Credential, and Meaningful Employment.


OPP works within the Community and High Schools. Learn more about these programs:

OPP in the Community

OPP in High Schools