Youth Programs

The Youth Programs division of Jersey Cape Diagnostic, Training, and Opportunity Center, Inc. assists eligible youth ages 16 to 24 in the Jersey Cape region in preparing for and acquiring employment. We have over 25 years of experience and success in youth training as an approved New Jersey Department of Education non-public school training provider and we are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). Our programs are offered to youth who face various barriers to employment, such as those who are disabled, those who have dropped out of high school, and those who are on probation. Overall, this results in a positive effect on the region's economy and workforce development.


PREP Program (in-school)

PREP, which stands for Preparing to Reach Employment Potential, is an in-school program that 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 students who are basic skills deficient, disabled, or are pregnant or parenting. We provide highly individualized services and support through a collaborative effort with community partners.


Pre-ETS Program (in-school)

Through our Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS), trained counselors empower youth with disabilities to achieve their highest employment potential. Services include job exploration counseling, work-based learning experiences both in-school and out-of-school, counseling for enrollment in postsecondary education, workplace readiness training to develop social skills and independent living, and instruction in self-advocacy. This program is available to youth ages 14 to 21 who are currently enrolled in school and are receiving services through an IEP or 504 plan.

pathways to employment youth program

Pathways to Employment Youth Program

The Pathways to Employment Youth Program assists youth between the ages of 14 to 21. Participants receive work readiness training and guidance to help them develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed to become productive members of society. The program is available to the following Cape May County referral sources: Probation, Family Court, Referee Court, CMO Court-Involved Youth, FSO Court-Involved Youth, and Intensive Supervision Program.


OSYES Program (out-of-school)

Youth age 16 through 24 who are out-of-school and at-risk can obtain Out-of-School Youth Employment Services (OSYES) to get back on the path to self-sufficiency through the development of job skills and career pathway planning.


ODOSY Program (out-of-school)

ODOSY, which stands for Opening Doors for Out-of-School Youth, is an out-of-school program that 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. We assist these individuals in attaining a High School Equivalency diploma if necessary, entering post-secondary education, and/or securing employment. These services are highly individualized. Program staff works closely with each youth to find out what they would like to achieve and then help them to develop a plan to reach their goals.


HELLO Program (out-of-school)

HELLO, which stands for Hospitality Education Leading to Local Opportunities, is an out-of-school nationally recognized hospitality credential program that offers youth age 16 to 24 the opportunity to explore various industry-related professions and obtain credentials in areas of local demand. Participants will earn the Certified Guest Service Professional credential and can also choose to earn the Certified Front Desk Representative, Certified Restaurant Server, Certified Kitchen Cook, Certified Breakfast Attendant, Certified Guestroom Attendant, or Certified Maintenance Employee credentials.