Youth Opportunities Program
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Youth Opportunities Program

Youth now have a place in their own neighborhood where they can have fun, learn, and create their future. The Youth Opportunities Program is a year-round, after-school program for disadvantaged young people, ages 14-18, who live in Lucas County.

Coordinated by the YMCA of Greater Toledo and offered through a network of community service centers throughout the county, the Youth Opportunities Program provides support to help youth:


One-on-one and small group homework assistance is available at each of the participating sites. Certified teachers from Toledo Public Schools provide tutoring, focusing on reading and math skills.

Paid/Unpaid Work Experience

200 participants are provided an opportunity to work 10 hours a week for eight weeks during the school year and 25 hours a week for nine weeks during the summer.

Leadership Development

Participants involved at each program site participate in one major service-learning project during the year.

Supportive Services

Recreation programs through the YMCA and other organizations are available to all participants. Clothing assistance is provided as needed as well as child care for the participants with children. Transportation to and from work sites is also provided.

Summer Employment

Eligible youth are provided with employment opportunities through program sites and other area employers.

Adult Mentoring
Adult mentors from diverse fields and backgrounds provide interest-based assistance for participants.
Comprehensive Guidance and Counseling
A licensed clinical therapist, trained to work with at-risk youth and their families, is available to all participants. The therapist is available on an as needed basis and makes referrals to other community resources when needed.

Leadership Weekends at YMCA Storer Camps
Participants have the opportunity to take advantage of the many services offered at the YMCA's beautiful Storer Camps. With two camp sites, 1,200 acres to roam, a large lake with 55 sailboats and miles of riding trails with 110 horses, participants find their experience at Storer Camps quite special.


Caldwell Community Center
3201 Stickney Avenue
Toledo, OH 43608
Phone 419-729-4654
Fax 419-729-4004
Eastern Community YMCA
2960 Pickle Road
Oregon, OH 43616
Phone (419) 691-3523
Fax (419) 691-2409
Wayman D. Palmer Community YMCA
2053 N. 14th Street 
Toledo, OH 43620
Phone (419) 241-7218
Fax (419) 241-8604
Salem Lutheran Church
1127 North Huron
Toledo, Ohio  43604
(419) 213-6658
The Firm Recreation and Socialization
1217 Jefferson
Toledo, Ohio 43604
Phone (419) 245-0481
Summit YMCA
306 Bush Street
Toledo, Ohio  43604
Phone (419) 729-6035
Fax (419) 729-6149

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