Younger Youth Program

Urban South Youth Program, the Fresno EOC Employment and Training Services Department provides services that will keep currently enrolled students engaged in education, the pursuit of high school graduation and becoming a positive contributing member of society.  It is the goal of this program to assist students with increasing their academic competencies and preparing them to enter the world of work or higher education while also helping the student to shape their own destiny.  


  • Tutoring, study skills training, instruction, and evidence- based dropout prevention and recovery strategies that lead to completion of the requirements for a secondary school diploma or its recognized equivalent or for a recognized postsecondary credential;
  • Alternative secondary school services, or dropout recovery services, as appropriate;
  • Paid and unpaid work experiences that have as a component academic and occupational education, which may include summer employment opportunities and other employment opportunities available throughout the school year;  pre-apprenticeship programs;  internships and job shadowing; and  on-the-job training opportunities;
  • Occupational skill training, which shall include priority consideration for training programs that lead to recognized postsecondary credentials that are aligned with in demand industry sectors or occupations in the local area involved,
  • Education offered concurrently with and in the same context as workforce preparation activities and training for a specific occupation or occupational cluster;
  • Leadership development opportunities, which may include community service and peer-centered activities encouraging responsibility and other positive social and civic behaviors, as appropriate;
  • Supportive services;
  • Adult mentoring for the period of participation and a subsequent period, for a total of not less than 12 months;
  • Follow up services for not less than 12 months after the completion of participation
  • Comprehensive guidance and counseling,
  • Financial literacy education;
  • Entrepreneurial skills training; 
  • Services that provide labor market and employment information about in-demand industry sectors or occupations available in the local area, such as career awareness, career counseling, and career exploration services; and
  • Other activities that help youth.