Boston Opportunity Youth Collaborative

The Boston Opportunity Youth Collaborative (OYC) is a cross-sector group made up of more than 80 partners, including the Boston Public Schools, local community-based organizations, philanthropy, city and state agencies, and postsecondary institutions. It’s part of a national movement to build pathways to education, employment, and economic independence for opportunity youth—16-24 year-olds who aren’t in school and aren’t working.

The OYC first came together in the spring of 2013, co-convened by the Boston Opportunity Agenda and the Boston Private Industry Council through funding from the Aspen Opportunity Youth Incentive Fund. Through a collective impact process, the OYC decided to focus its efforts on the largest sub-population of opportunity youth in Boston: 20-24 year-olds who have a high school diploma, but have not completed college and are unemployed. The OYC has opened a Connection Center to serve these opportunity youth. The Connection Center is a one-stop resource center with dedicated success coaches, and it works with a wide array of partners to make individual institutions easier for youth to navigate and to build a stronger network of opportunities for them.

For more information, please visit the Opportunity Youth Collaborative’s website, or contact Christelle Pierre-Louis, Opportunity Youth Coordinator, at christelle.pierre-louis@bostonpic.org or 617-488-1332.