Out Of School Youth


Community Youth Corps (CYC), located in Norwalk, renders services for youth who are out of school. CYC provides personalized services to young adults (16-24) in the following areas: educational needs that include support and preparation for their General Educational Development (GED); employability skills necessary to enter the workforce including instruction on work ethics and job retention techniques; personal development and life skills training; and placement in unsubsidized and meaningful employment.

CYC yielded impressive rates of GED completion and employment among its participants and is the two-time recipient of the nationally recognized Promising and Effective Practices Network (PEPNet) Award.

The aim of CYC is to assist youth (16-24) in developing the skills necessary to compete in a highly competitive labor market. CYC exists to ensure that youth are skilled and knowledgeable regarding their career interests, understand current hiring trends, are knowledgeable about occupations for the greatest potential for long-term success, and the educational and/or training requirements needed to satisfy their particular career interests. Through educational workshops and vocational training opportunities, CYC assists it’s participants in creating a solid “employment/educational” foundation for themselves and their families.

While completing 30 hours of basic work-readiness workshops, CYC participants are also given a “SkillZ Menu” (arranged like a restaurant menu) that lists tasks ranging from “Developing 10 Question You’d Ask an Employer” – an Hors d’oeuvre that’s worth $15, to “Obtaining a GED” – a Main Course worth $200. CYC participants select entrées (new skills learned) from the menu – up to four each month – and demonstrate their newly acquired skills at the monthly Skillz Challenge night. CYC participants must develop these skills independently and be prepared to perform them in front of the CYC staff and other youth. Participants introduce themselves, state each item they have accomplished, describe it, demonstrate it, get their Skillz receipt stamped, and take it to the Cashier to receive their earnings. Students leave the monthly challenges with earnings between $25-$300 in cash.

At CYC, we are committed to working with each participant to assist them in continuing their education, becoming a productive wage earner, and achieving economic self-sufficiency.

Target Population – Out of School Youth
Ages: 16-24

•  An individual not attending any secondary or post-secondary school (not including adult education, YouthBuild, or JobCorps)

And, has one or more of the following barriers:

  • A school dropout
  • A youth who is within the age of compulsory school attendance, but has not attended school for at least the most recent complete school year calendar quarter.
  • A recipient of a secondary school diploma or its recognized equivalent who is a low-income individual and is either basic skills deficient or an English language learner.
  • A homeless individual, a runaway, and individual who is in foster care or has aged out of foster care system, a child eligible for assistance under section 477 of the Social Security Act, or an individual who is in an out-of-home placement.
  • An individual who is pregnant or parenting.
  • An individual with a disability
  • A low-income individual who requires additional assistance to enter or complete an education program or to secure or hold employment.


•   Assessment of academic skills and vocational interest
•   Completion of individualized services strategy
•   Completion of 16-hour work readiness workshops
•   Completion of 16-hour job preparation courses
•   Skillz Menu for skill attainment
•   Opportunities for paid/unpaid work experience
•   Ability to access tutoring and other educational services, as needed
•   Ability to access community resources

CYC Learning Objectives:

•   Readiness for independent living
•   Social relationships and interpersonal support
•   Vocational skills and knowledge of world of work
•   Self-Sufficiency and retention

Service priority is given to residents of one of the 7 Cities: Artesia, Bellflower, Cerritos, Downey, Hawaiian Gardens, Lakewood, and Norwalk.