The Outreach and Community Programming Division (OCP) coordinates internal and external youth programs and initiatives throughout Palm Beach County (PBC). OCP works in conjunction with the School District, Children's Services Council, United Way, Criminal Justice Commission, Department of Juvenile Justice, CareerSource and other entities to assess, plan, implement and evaluate youth programs throughout the county. OCP focuses on kids ages 6-22 and allocates resources to support evidence-based initiatives that promote healthy children, safe schools, reduction of youth violence and educational success. OCP also focuses on transition points (entry into kindergarten, 6th, 9th, and post-high school) and builds more opportunities to reconnect disconnected youth to education, trades, training and employment opportunities.
OCP assists with the development, implementation and evaluation of recommendations derived from the Child and Youth Symposium as well as the goals outlined in Palm Beach County's Comprehensive Plan (Health and Human Service Element). The PBC Youth Services Department (YSD) collaborates with community-based organizations in order to achieve these goals and recommendations.
The following programs are administered by the OCP Division: