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Goals & Strategies

Y.O.U.’s Big Goal

Y.O.U. closes the opportunity gap by preparing youth for post-secondary and life success.

How do we reach this goal?

We utilize three strategies to close the opportunity gap and prepare youth for post-secondary success and life success.

Across all these strategies, we seek to build deep, caring relationships with  youth, their families, and the community institutions around them.

  • ADVANCE youth success through our Out-of-School Time Program
  • BUILD youth resilience through our Clinical Counseling and Outreach
  • CATALYZE community hubs through our Community Schools initiative


Strategy #1

Advance youth success

Our Out-of-School Time (OST) Program offers a “high expectations, high support” pathway to post-secondary and life success.

Our OST program provides free, high-quality learning, social-emotional enrichment, and trauma-informed support services that help youth to grow in four areas: skills and knowledge, self-regulation, mindsets, and values.

Strategy #2

Build youth resistance

Our Clinical and Outreach Team provides mental health counseling, case management, and 24-7 crisis intervention to support the resilience of our youth.

We integrate group therapies and counseling services directly into our Out-of-School Time Program to support the emotional health and wellness of our youth and families.

Strategy #3

Catalyze community hubs

Our Community Schools initiative aims to systematically close the opportunity gap by developing hubs of resources that increase access to a variety of services.

Our Community Schools engage parents as leaders and develop partnerships for improved student learning, stronger families, and healthier communities.

Want to learn more? See Y.O.U.’s real-world impact.

Our Impact