Youth Career Access Network

Youth CAN is a collaborative of more than 20 partners and support organizations that provides education, employment and training, career planning, and support services for youth ages 14 through 24 in Cincinnati and Hamilton County who are from homes with low incomes and who face barriers to success. Members ensure that youth, in and out of school, are involved in meaningful experiences that lead to high school graduation or a general equivalency diploma (GED), postsecondary education or certified training, and ultimately gainful employment.

The network aims to establish an infrastructure for effective collaboration and coordination with the broader community that ensures youth have access to comprehensive supports. We have set three specific goals for youth served by partners:

•     By 2015, 75 percent will achieve competency in employer expectations and requirements.

•     By 2013, we will increase the percentage who receive a high school diploma or GED.

•     By 2013, we will increase the percentage who enter postsecondary training.