What is the YEPP Program
The Youth Employment Pathways Program (YEPP) is designed to assist out of school youth between the ages of 16-24 with the necessary tools they'll need in order to successfully secure employment. We work with non-profit agencies that provide direct service to youth all across Union County to help them achieve their goals and work toward obtaining credential certifications, enter higher education and/or secure employment.
Participants in the YEPP Program must meet the following guidelines:
Must be a Union County Resident
Must be between the ages of 16-24
- And are NOT currently enrolled in school
Veterans and eligible spouses receive priority of service
Valuable skills include:
Advance your professional skills for securing certification and employment
Financial literacy and more
- Education and Training Programs
Work Experience and more
In 2015 and 2016, United Way of Greater Union County was awarded a Workforce Innovations and Opportunity Act (WIOA) grant by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Workforce Development Board, to coordinate the Youth Employment and Training Consortium (YETC) and to implement the Youth Employment Pathways Program (YEPP). The consortium currently includes 13 organizations, of which five are sub-grantee nonprofit partners: Community Access Unlimited, Urban League of Union County, Inc., Proceed, Inc., HomeFirst, Inc. and Plainfield Action Services. Agencies provide direct service to participants between the ages of 16-24 who are at risk of not graduating high school and/or who are currently not in school or working, to identify and address barriers and work towards obtaining a credential, enter higher education and/or secure employment.