Youth Programs

Jersey Cape has over 25 years of experience and success in youth training as an approved New Jersey Department of Education non-public school training provider.

Preparing to Reach Employment Potential (PREP) 

The PREP program provides free, comprehensive educational and employment preparation services to income-eligible Cape May County high school seniors who face barriers to employment. The program serves a wide range of students, including individuals who are basic skills deficient, disabled, or are pregnant or parenting. PREP provides highly individualized case management services and support through a collaborative effort with our community partners. Through the PREP program, we strive to help youth complete high school, make informed career choices, and develop the job skills essential to achieve rewarding, enjoyable careers.

Opening Doors for Out of School Youth (ODOSY) 

The ODOSY program offers free assistance to Cape May County youths, age 16 to 24, who have dropped out of school or have a high school diploma but are unemployed or underemployed. ODOSY will assist these individuals in attaining a High School Equivalency diploma if necessary, entering postsecondary education and/or securing employment. ODOSY services are highly individualized. Program staff works closely with each youth to find out what they would like to achieve then helps them to develop a plan to reach their goals.

Probation Pathways Advocating for Youth (PPAY)

The PPAY program provides individualized case management services to Cape May County youth aged 14 to 21 who have been disposed through the Juvenile Court system and are under Probation supervision. Since many of the youth who come in contact with the juvenile justice system have experienced academic failure, disengagement from school, and/or school disciplinary problems, PPAY’s focus is on providing counseling and motivational activities designed to assist juveniles increase school attendance, enhance academic achievement, and develop the skills needed to secure and retain employment.



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