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Youth Connection Center

The Youth Connection Center (YCC) has an extensive application process that determines a youth’s eligibility for every Office of Youth Program program and service. This universal application gives Youth Resource Specialists a snapshot of the youth’s education, skill set, work experience, knowledge, training, and his/her needs that allows them to better serve the youth.

The youth participate in a step by step process: 

  1. Identify 
  2. Assess 
  3. Educate/Train/Refer 
  4. Connect 
  5. Follow-up 
  6. Exit 

Through this process, youth will have the skills and support of the YCC to accomplish their long-term goals.

A youth can take advantage of the YCC services at his/her own pace in a self-service capacity, or he or she can work with a Youth Resource Specialist to receive intensive services that are more intense and focused on that youth’s particular needs.

Youth will also receive information and services pertaining to the following:

  • Career Exploration
  • Short- and Long-Term Goal Assessment
  • Skills Training
  • Career Fairs
  • Supportive Services
  • Various Career and Life Skills Workshops
  • Academic Remediation Services

Through the Youth Connection Center's six-step process, a “Connection” to Post-Secondary Education, Vocational Training/Apprenticeships, Job Corp, Immediate Employment, or the Military is inevitable.

Service Contact: 
Office of Youth Services
Contact Email: 
Contact Phone: 
(202) 698-3492
Contact Fax: 
(202) 698-5693
Contact TTY: 
Contact Suite #: 
2nd Floor
Office Hours: 
Monday to Friday 9 am to 5 pm