Youth Development Programs

At the Ohio Means Jobs Jackson County, you will discover two exciting youth programs that can help you connect with education and employment.

Project Adventure is designed for youth 16 -18 years of age who are still attending school or need assistance getting back to school.

ELEVATE provides services for youth 18-21 years old who are unemployed and not currently enrolled in classes, seeking skills through college, career technical education or obtaining a GED in order to gain immediate employment.

Both programs are participant-centered and focus on the individual strengths of young people rather than focusing exclusively on their problems.


Youth Services and Activities

Youth Services and Activities may include:

• Tutoring for OGT and GED
• Career Exploration Help
• Tutoring for School Subjects
• Help Choosing the Right School
• Help Choosing the Right Program
• Adventure Camp
• FAFSA Assistance
• Summer Youth Employment Program
• Assistance with Occupational Training
• Paid and Un-Paid Work Experience
• Assistance - Secondary School Expenses
• Adult Mentoring
• Pre-Employment Activities
• Resumes, Interview Skills
• Leadership Development Classes
• Job Search Assistance


Check out these sites for more help!

FAFSA Going to College or Career Technical School? Submit a FREE Application for Federal Student Aid

Ohio Higher Ed Planning, Applying and Paying for college

Youth Rules Great site for employed youth

GED Information and Application

Buckeye Hills Career Center

Rio Grande Community College

Hocking College

Shawnee State University

Ohio University - Chillicothe

Pike County CTC

Scioto County CTC



Jackson Clothesline Food Pantry

Lutheran Church Assistance with food, hygiene supplies, assistance for homeless

Generation NOW Assistance for homeless

ABLE Help with getting your GED
Jackson: 1-888-551-1669
Wellston: 740-384-4500



Project Adventure and ELEVATE staff members are caring adults who provide structure, accountability, and high expectations from all the youth participants. Contact our staff members to see if you qualify for enrollment.

Project Adventure: 740-286-4181 Ext. 247
ELEVATE: 740-286-4181 Ext. 307

Project Adventure and ELEVATE Youth Programs are Sponsored by Jackson County Job and Family Services and Funded by the Jackson County Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Youth Board.
The Youth Programs are Conducted by: Gallia-Jackson-Vinton JVSD, Buckeye Hills Career Center.
Youth must meet Workforce Investment Act (WIA) eligibility requirements to become participants of the youth programs and receive services.

Print and complete an interest form for Project Adventure and ELEVATE.