The 78744 Community Youth Development Program is a state funded program which provides an array of juvenile delinquency prevention services to support families and enhance the positive development of youth only in the 78744 zip code.
Youth and adult residents of the 78744 zip code make up the 78744 Community Collaborative Committee (CCC). They play the primary role in assessing needs, receiving program updates, and advising CYD staff on how to implement programs. To join the CCC, please complete this application. Through an annual Community Strengths and Needs Assessment survey, the CCC is informed of their top five funding priorities. The most current survey can be seenhere.
The 78744 zip code is one of 15 sites (zip codes) of the state's Community Youth Development Program. The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services oversees all 15 statewide CYD programs and evaluates them to re view positive changes in juvenile crime rates.
Youth Advisory Committee/Youth Leadership Development
Under CYD, the Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) is made up of youth between the ages of 11-17 who live or attend school in the 78744 area only. As part of YAC, the youth engage in leadership activities every month. This portion of the YAC is called Youth Leadership Developoment (YLD). These teens serve as the "youth voice" of the 78744 community and work with the CCC to establish the vision of the local program. The YAC provides community outreach to publicize program services, while emphasizing the perspective and needs of the youth population. At least two YAC members sit on the CCC. The two groups work in partnership to ensure a youth perspective regarding the effectiveness of programs in meeting identified needs and gaps in services.
Work Based Learning/Summer Youth Employment Program
The Work-Based Learning/Summer Youth Employment Program (WBL/SYEP), a joint venture of the City of Austin and Travis County, targets youth between 14 and 17 (youth with disabilities ages 14-22) to provide them with experiences to prepare for a future as productive citizens. Job readiness training is a prerequisite for participation. Youth are referred through non-profit organizations, the community at large, faith-based organizations, and other youth programs. WBL/SYEP engages youth in meaningful community-enhancing work that develops positive work habits while working in an environment with adult supervision and support. Youth can work approximately 96 hours in one of two five-week sessions (earning minimum wage), and are involved in a broad range of projects.
Registration for Job Readiness Training begins January 2 by calling 512-854-4590.