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

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    • withdrawn from school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.

Refer a Youth

To join the waitlist for our Navigate program or to ask any questions about our services, please submit the contact form or send us an email at info@connectedlane.org.

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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."

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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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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