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Youth Connections

The MVCTC Youth Connections is an alternative educational program that serves thirty-two school districts in the Miami Valley area. Youth Connections targets students who are:

Youth Connections is based on instruction in a small personal setting with a great deal of flexibility and a curriculum that will allow students to receive their high school diploma and gain skills necessary to lead to long-term employment. All students enrolled in Youth Connections are a part of the Career Based Intervention (CBI) program. Youth Connections is the largest site for a CBI program in the state of Ohio. While attending Youth Connections, students are able to participate in extra-curricular activities and graduate from their partner high school.

The Miami Valley Career Technology is a proud partner in this endeavor. Read the History Behind Youth Connections here...

Youth Connections History
The Montgomery County Commissioners created the Montgomery County Out-of-School Youth Task Force in January 1998. The county commissioners asked the Task Force to develop recommendations on what action the community should take to reclaim and serve the at-risk youth of the Miami Valley.

Educators on the Task Force determined that an alternative kind of public education could serve the needs of those students who leave high school and those students who have not been able to succeed in the traditional educational system.

A team of Miami Valley Career Technology Center & Educational Service Center educators was formed to look at curriculum and funding for an alternative school and to conduct focus groups to determine the students' needs. Their goal is to return these young people to a suitable educational environment where they can gain the necessary skills for the workplace and for life.

The Task Force developed a small, personal setting with a great deal of flexibility to meet the needs of the students and to provide career opportunities that lead to long-term employment..

The Task Force recommendations were followed. With the financial backing of the Montgomery County Commissioners, and the experience of Miami Valley Career Technology Center, "Youth Connections" opened for its first students in the fall of 2000. The dream of many became a reality. Youth Connections added a program for 8th graders in the fall of 2007. The program is designed to give those students who are behind the opportunity to get back on track with their classmates and be prepared for a successful high school career.