This year, nearly 3 in 5 American youth leave high school lacking the skills to succeed in the workforce or higher education. By 2020, the challenge of disconnected youth will create labor shortages and cost America’s economy trillions. In this skills-based economy, many of these young people are at risk of being left behind.

Job Corps comprehensively addresses all the barriers at-risk youth may face. Born in the 1960s through a desire to transform the lives of at-risk youth and to offer employer-driven job training, Job Corps’ history is one of constant improvement and consistent success. A unique federal and national residential program, Job Corps offers at-risk youth a set of diverse academic opportunities and career pathways tailored to meet the needs of business and industry.

Over the past 50 years, Job Corps has spread to 125 communities across America. Every day, the facilities, staff and instructors work hand-in-hand to train disadvantaged youth and help them gain the academic credentials and employment skills necessary to survive in today’s economy.

As Job Corps begins to celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2015, the Foundation for Youth Opportunities (FYO), a charitable foundation affiliated with the National Job Corps Association, has created the Job Corps Partnership Fund.The Fund will serve as the primary vehicle for Job Corps supporters and advocates to support the program and its students and graduates.

By contributing just $500, donors can help:

  • a construction graduate buy his/her first professional toolbox;
  • a nursing graduate purchase uniforms and no-skid work shoes;
  • a student travel home to take care of family or friends in an emergency; and
  • a student travel home to take care of family or friends in an emergency.


Our Mission:

The Foundation for Youth Opportunities strives to give underprivileged young Americans the opportunity to develop skills, continue their education, find useful work and empower them to break through the barriers which bar their escape from poverty.


Our Goals:

  • The Foundation aims to improve the opportunities for at-risk youth through education and vocational training.
  • We endeavor to provide the highest quality, relevant and practical curriculum to youth who are ready to break the cycle of poverty.
  • Assist and fosters these youth throughout their training and as they transition onward into their careers.


Frequently Asked Questions:

Are my contributions to FYO tax-deductible?
FYO is a charitable, not for profit organization.  All donations qualify as tax-deductible charitable contributions. FYO operates exclusively for charitable, educational and scientific purposes by Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The FYO can also distribute funds to other 501(c)(3) organizations.

What initiatives has FYO supported in the past?
Founded in 2000, the FYO supported a number of diverse projects to support youth. For a full list of projects, click here.

Is the FYO part of the National Job Corps Association?
The Foundation for Youth Opportunities, legally known as the National Job Corps Association Foundation for Youth Opportunities, operates as a completely separate entity from the NJCA.

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