Project YO is a Latino youth outreach program whose goals are to assist Latino youth to stay in school, out of gangs, and off alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. Project YO teens meet monthly to plan community service and leadership trainings. The teens receive academic assistance, health care referrals and transportation and adult mentoring.
Project YO also educates and supports Latino families in their efforts to communicate with the societal systems that influence their children’s lives: schools, community organizations, health services, athletics, work and law enforcement. Project YO prepares youth for work through vocational training, and for college through visits to colleges, job mentoring and help with work, college and scholarship applications. Latino youth and their families also are encouraged by Project YO to improve their neighborhoods and participate in the civic process.