Navigate is a Connected Lane County re-engagement program. 

Navigate offers a variety of case management services to youth facing significant barriers to success. Often these youth are unhoused or otherwise underserved and they need support navigating complex systems.

About Navigate

We are proud to offer a variety of support services to youth who need it most, including crucial support for education, career goals, financial stability, mental health services, and more. The comprehensive list of offerings is found below.

Employment

  • 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 support

Adult Skills Mentoring

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

Education

  • Tutoring
  • School re-enrollment support
  • Resource specialist connections
  • GED preparation
  • School supply provision
  • Post-secondary support for college applications, financial aid, and more

Financial Literacy

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

Mental Health

  • Support for finding counselors and therapists
  • Personal support from our Employment Facilitators
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. Our Youth Support Specialists work closely with youth to provide any support they may need to obtain educational success, employment, housing stability, financial literacy, and more.

Enrollment Eligibility

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

  • Be 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  • Meet low-income guidelines AND one or more of the following criteria: withdrawn from school, foster youth, juvenile offender, disabled (including mental health diagnoses), teen parent or pregnant, unhoused, runaway, low literacy skills
  • Be 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

If you are a youth or know a youth that meets these criteria and would like to apply, or have any questions about the program, please inquire below or contact us at info@connectedlane.org.

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Navigate Youth Testimony

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.”