Youth Support Services

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About Navigate

We are proud to offer a variety of support services to youth facing significant barriers to success. Often these youth are unhoused or otherwise underserved and need support navigating complex systems and accessing resources for education and employment. Navigate services include crucial support for education, career goals, financial stability, employment, and more.

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Navigate Services

Each Navigate youth is paired with a skilled Resource Navigator on our team. Our Resource Navigators help youth, ages 14-24 years, gain work readiness, academic, and professional skills to increase their success as they transition back into education or the workforce.

Employment Support

  • Job counseling and workforce preparation
  • Elevate tours and career skills webinars
  • Job shadows and paid work placement opportunities
  • Job search, resume, and application help
  • Occupational skills training, apprenticeships, trade school

Education Support

  • Tutoring & GED preparation
  • School re-enrollment support
  • Resource specialist connections
  • School supply provision
  • Post-secondary: college applications, financial aid, etc.

Adult Skills Mentoring

  • Housing application support
  • Navigating OHP and healthcare systems
  • Application support for unemployment, Social Security, driver’s licenses, and more

Financial Literacy

  • Personal Finance Classes through DevNW including personal instruction on budgeting, banking, credit health, and more
  • Partnership with OCCU for specialized account setup

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DevNW Financial Foundations Courses

We partner with DevNW to offer youth Financial Foundations courses.

Are you working to save for a car, a degree, or your first apartment? Financial Foundations class will teach you the techniques and provide you with the mobile tools to reach your goals. You’ll learn to manage money, build emergency savings, create savings goals for big purchases, build and repair credit, and make smart decisions about taking on loans.


Wonder Wednesdays

Join us in Eugene at our Spark on 7th location or in Cottage Grove at the Cottage Grove Community Center on the last Wednesday of each month for Wonder Wednesdays. Wonder Wednesdays allow youth to enjoy a fun environment while learning essential life skills. Did we mention dinner will be provided? The Wonder topic will change each month, so check the calendar!

Funding Provided by Lane Workforce Partnership

Our Navigate program utilizes federal Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA) funds to provide support to youth throughout Lane County, serving Creswell, Cottage Grove, Lowell, Oakridge, Eugene, Springfield, Junction City, Fern Ridge, Crow-Applegate-Lorane, Siuslaw, and Mapleton.

Enrollment Eligibility

In order to be eligible to participate in the Navigate program, youth must meet the following requirements:

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Youth Currently Enrolled in School

  • Age 14-21 and enrolled in school
  • Eligible to work in the United States
  • Meet low-income guidelines AND one or more of the following criteria:
    • withdrawn from school
    • foster youth
    • juvenile offender
    • disabled (including mental health diagnoses)
    • teen parent or pregnant
    • unhoused
    • runaway
    • low literacy skills

Youth **NOT** Enrolled in School

  • Age 16-24 and not enrolled in school
  • Eligible to work in the United States
  • Meet one or more of the following criteria:
    • withdrawn from school
    • foster youth
    • juvenile offender
    • disabled (including mental health diagnoses)
    • teen parent or pregnant
    • unhoused
    • runaway
    • low literacy skills
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Navigate by Connected Lane County is an equal-opportunity employer/program.
Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

Submit an Interest Form

We appreciate your interest in education, training, and employment services. Completing this online interest form is the first step in the application process for this program and will get you added to our waitlist.

Information submitted will be kept confidential and only used by authorized program staff to conduct program eligibility, provide services, and track performance to funders.


Youth Testimonial

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Danielle is a youth that enrolled in our Navigate program in December 2020. When she first came into the program, Danielle was 17 years old, disengaged from school, unhoused, and involved in the juvenile justice system. In the three months since enrolling, Danielle has found housing stability in a transitional living house, started mental health counseling support, and re-enrolled in school. Recently, Danielle completed the five-week DevNW Youth Financial Foundations course and was able to open a bank account through Connected Lane County’s partnership with Oregon Community Credit Union. Danielle claims her biggest success in the program is “getting back into school and getting job experience.”

The most beneficial thing: “[Navigate] helped me achieve getting my forms of identification like my driver’s permit and my birth certificate."

May Young Adult Highlight: Meet Jaiden! 

May 17, 2024

Jaiden (she/her) has been an engaged Connected Lane County community member since joining the Navigate Program in July of 2022. Jaiden has faced challenges and barriers to employment and has demonstrated significant professional and personal growth throughout her time with us.  To learn more about her story, read her interview below!  What Connected Lane County…

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Youth Highlight: Elliott

February 21, 2024

Elliott has been an engaged member of the Connected Lane County community since August 2023. Elliott appreciates the inclusive and welcoming environment at Spark locations, where they can unwind, access support, and engage in various activities. To learn more about Elliott’s story, read their interview below! How did you find Connected Lane County, and what…

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Youth Highlight: Carmen

October 31, 2023

Navigate Support  Carmen entered the Navigate program at 17 years old, unemployed, and dropped out of school. The combination of a difficult home life and a severe car accident that totaled her only source of transportation left her struggling with mental health issues and unable to re-engage with education. With support from the program, she…

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Navigate Wonder Week 2023

August 17, 2023

In July, the Navigate program’s second Wonder Week unfolded seamlessly, inspiring and empowering young adults. This immersive event at Spark on 7th focused on job readiness and career exploration. Each day, Navigate youth gathered for dedicated learning, growth, and new opportunities.

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Youth Highlight: Maia

August 15, 2023

Maia’s Inspiring Journey with the Navigate Program At the heart of the Navigate program lies the belief that with the right support and guidance, every young individual can overcome adversity and reach their fullest potential. Maia’s story is a testament to this philosophy, showcasing the transformative power of the Navigate program in shaping young lives.…

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Check out Upcoming Events

The Connected Lane County events calendar lists all upcoming events and experiences for youth involved in our programs.
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