Getting Started

In 2020, NOW launched the Youth Reengagement Council in response to being awarded a grant by the Oregon Youth Development Division to provide services to youth in need of support to earn a high school diploma or GED. The Council is comprised of education and community partners who help inform needs, guide program implementation, and leverage resources. Reengagement services are provided in all five counties both as part of WIOA youth services and YDD services. NOW employs Student Success Coaches who are housed in the community and work directly with local school districts, Clatsop Community College, Tillamook Bay Community College, WorkSource Oregon, and others.

As an awardee NOW became part of The Oregon Youth Reengagement Network, bringing together local re-engagement efforts including schools, community-based organizations, community colleges, local workforce development boards, and other entities working collaboratively to reconnect disengaged youth and support students at risk of disconnection. Grant recipients are required to provide specific Reengagement Services, verify eligible participants, and track the individual educational progress of program participants.

Impact

The program has made it so I want to go back to school, the money incentives help. It has also been helpful to my family to provide gas cards. With help of the program, I have now set a goal to attain my license along with my GED.

Christian

I have had a lot more freedom to learn different things in the GED program compared to high school. I am taking advantage of everything at the college right now. I am so excited to continue college after getting my GED. I’ve used my incentives from the YDD on games and stuff for myself and the extra funds have gone to groceries and the gas cards have helped my family.

Anthony

What’s the Purpose?

  • To help students who have stopped attending school or students who have stopped making progress toward high school goals.
  • The grant covers the cost of GED and/or High school expenses, along with the costs of basic needs.
  • A highlight of the grant is the incentives for the youth that help motivate and reward them when academic goals are met!

Who’s Eligible?

Learn About Eligibility
YDD Re-engagement Opportunity Grant

INCENTIVES

  • We have $500 in incentives per student to help them succeed!
  • Students earn visa gift cards as they catch up on their academic goals.
  • For HS students $50 per credit is completed.
  • For GED students $100 per official GED test completed – Plus an additional $100 after all four are completed.
  • The students can set personal education goals and receive a visa gift card. Example of a personal goal: attending 2 weeks of school without missing a day.
  • In addition, we have an additional $500 per student to help with cost of schooling & needs of the student. Examples: paying an electric bill, gift cards for clothes, helping pay rent, gas cards.

Additional questions or referrals?

Contact one of our team members.

Logan Garner
Youth Programs Manager
Email Logan
Victoria Neale
Student Success Coach
Email Victoria
Lindsey Marie
Student Success Coach
Email Lindsey
Heather Desart
Executive Director

(541)921-7311

Email Heather

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