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Youth Programs And Resources

Youth with a mentor

Explore and learn more about a variety of services for at-risk youth and their families.  Several local community and state organizations are working diligently to reduce the dropout crisis by offering alternative education and student support programs.

Opportunities for youth include everything from after-school and evening programs, to alternative education options, behavior intervention and counseling. These programs provide a positive platform to help students get back on track. The Maryland State Department of Education and local school districts offer a range of services to support students mentally, emotionally and academically.


Baltimore City Resources

Baltimore City Mayor’s Office of Employment Development
MOED’s Youth Services division oversees FUTURES Works, a dropout prevention program that provides daily comprehensive services to students in targeted high schools in Baltimore City.

Baltimore City Public Schools
Department of Safety & Student Support Services

Learn about various services including behavior intervention and support, alternative school options placement, student counseling and guidance.

Baltimore City Public Schools
Office of Enrollment, Choice and Transfers

Explore alternative education options for Baltimore City students and families. Find valuable contact information and resources about charter, transformation and turnaround schools and alternative education options.

Baltimore City Office of Turnaround Schools
Learn about school options for students in the city. The office supports students and families by opening new schools, expanding high-performing schools, closing its lowest-performing schools and turning around struggling schools.

City Neighbors Foundation
Find out about a foundation that supports three City Neighbors Schools by offering partnerships, training, and events to impact students, teachers, families, and the school system.

FUTURES Works
FUTURES Works, under the Mayor’s Office of Employment and Development, provides direct services to families, schools and youth. Youth receive support, guidance, referrals and information about programs to help them participate in and stay in school.

Johns Hopkins University
Center on School, Family and Community Partnerships

The center conducts and disseminates research, programs, and policy analyses that produce new and useful knowledge and practices that help parents, educators, and members of communities work together to improve schools, strengthen families, and enhance student learning and development.

Maryland Adult Education and Literacy Services Program (GED and Diploma Options)
Access GED information in Maryland, from preparation to diploma options, to classes and test dates.

National GED Testing Information
Find valuable information about the national GED test including resources and information for educators, students, families and the public.

Maryland State Department of Education
Dropout Prevention Guide

Use Maryland’s statewide resource guide for a list of programs, initiatives, tools and evidenced-based practices to address the issue of school non-completion. Learn about local initiatives being used successfully to address the dropout prevention/intervention/recovery crisis.

Maryland State Department of Education
Student Services and Alternative Programs

Find resources and support including guidance and career development, school psychology, school social work and health services, dropout prevention and alternative programs. Additional programs include home instruction and initiatives to reduce disruption and violence, address at-risk behaviors and facilitate achievement.

YO! Baltimore
Youth Opportunities Baltimore serves out-of-school youth and young adults citywide at two youth-friendly centers. Caring adults provide wide-ranging support services and opportunities for participants to reach academic and career goals.

Baltimore County Resources

Alternative Education and School Support Programs
Find high quality academic and behavioral instructional programs and services for students and their families.

Alternative Middle and High School Programs
See what alternative programs are available for students whose behavior or poor academic readiness is interfering with their ability to be successful in a regular school setting. Innovative curriculum, counseling and social skills are an integral part of student learning at these programs.

Baltimore County Detention Center
Alternative Education and School Support Programs

Learn about education programs at the Baltimore County Detention Center. These programs provide services and supports to incarcerated youth ages 14-21. Classes help prepare students to return to middle or high school, take the GED exam, attend a local community college, or enter the workforce upon their release.

Baltimore County Public Schools
Evening/Saturday High School

Youth between the ages of 16-20 and current high school students who want to take 9-12th grade courses can take classes for credit and/or accelerate their credit program. Students on expulsion from day school have a chance to modify unacceptable behavior, develop good study skills and demonstrate a willingness to return to day school.

Boys and Girls Clubs (Greater Metropolitan/Baltimore Area)
Visit the website to learn about programs focused on goals for graduation, healthy lifestyles, good character, citizenship, prevention and delinquency intervention.

Maryland Adult Education and Literacy Services (GED and Diploma Options)
Find GED information in Maryland, from preparation and diploma options, to classes and test dates.

Maryland State Department of Education
Dropout Prevention and Alternative Programs

Find alternative programs, services and interventions to help support struggling youth.

Maryland State Department of Education
Title I Federal Program

Access academic support and learning opportunities to help low-achieving children master challenging curricula and meet state standards in core academic subjects.