Disconnected/Opportunity Youth

Providing services to "Disconnected/Opportunity Youth" is a primary area of focus for Local Management Board's across Maryland in order to address the Governor's strategic goals.  

"Disconnected/Opportunity youth are teenagers and young adults who are between the ages of 16 and 24 who are neither working nor in school. Some are ready to work but unable to find a position; others need to work but face individual or systemic barriers due to transitioning from foster care or juvenile justice facilities, homelessness, early parenthood, and other challenges. The diverse nature of the population suggests that multiple options and approaches will be required to effectively address the scope of the problem.

Approximately 94,000, or one in 10, Maryland youth are disconnected, with the highest percentages located in Baltimore City and Caroline, Dorchester, Washington and Worcester Counties. Ten Maryland jurisdictions have disconnection rates higher than the national average. The Governor’s Office for Children analyzes Statewide policies that impact youth disconnection, identifies gaps in services, and provides information on promising strategies for re-connection." (GOC website)

For more information from the Governor's Office for Children on Disconnected Youth, please visit their website

101 Introduction to Disconnected or "Opportunity Youth"

201 Reconnecting Youth to Work and School 

Frederick County's Program: 

With funding from the Governor's Office for Children, Frederick County Office for Children and Families began to fund the "Youth Connections" program operated by the Family Partnership of Frederick County.  This program provides case management, education, employment services and service linkage to youth that would otherwise be unemployed and out of school.  For more information, contact Amanda Barker, Family Partnership at 301-600-2206. 

Check out this video for more information about the "Youth Connections Program" at Family Partnership: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6VysKUS92VM