Youth Services

We envision a future where children thrive. Offered in several schools in the Jackson, Clay, and Platte counties area, CAAGKC Youth Services provide students with the tools, support, and resources they need to successfully make it through high school and beyond.

Program Overview

Year-round programs and services include work readiness, career exploration, leadership development, life skills, parenting education, community engagement, scholarships and more. We have programs to nurture children from 0 – 24 years-old, helping them to rise above their challenges and reach their full potential. Our children are more than statistics.

Rise above your challenges and reach your full potential!

Eligibility Requirements

You must be a resident of Clay, Jackson, or Platte counties.

You must be within 125% of the federal poverty guideline.

School Year Programs

  • P.A.V.E. the Way

    Project, Assets, Values, in Educations (P.A.V.E.) is an after-school and summer program that helps high schoolers pave the way to higher education. Not only do they work to develop leadership skills and explore career options, but they also receive a stipend to help make ends meet throughout the school year. Plus, some students may qualify for a CAAGKC college scholarship upon graduation. P.A.V.E students can receive scholarships at the end of the year.

  • Occupational Skills Training

    Our occupational skills training can help you gain the skills you need to develop your career and build your pathway to a brighter future. We offer training for eligible youth ages 18 to 24.

    Klassic Transformation Barber Academy

    Me 2 You Career Academy (phlebotomy and CNA

    T&L Welding

    Red Tail Academy


  • Scholarships

    CAAGKC provides eligible students interested in attending college an opportunity to apply for a scholarship that is renewable each year. Consideration will be given to students who need additional assistance during the current year. Technical and vocational scholarships are also available.

  • BackSnack

    Lots of kids go hungry when they’re not in school. We can provide a backpack full of kid-friendly, nutritious food to help cover their weekend meals.

Freedom School

  • Freedom School

    Students who have completed grades K-6 have the opportunity to participate in literacy enrichment program designed to enhance children’s motivation to read and generate positive attitudes toward learning through a multicultural curriculum. Children’s Defense Fund Freedom School encourages scholars to believe they can make a difference in themselves, their families, their communities, their country, and their world.

    Scholar Enrollment Form

    Eligibility Packet

  • Back to School Clothing Program

    This program is to provide school assistance preparation to eligible youth K-12.

  • Back to School Supplies Program

    This program is to provide school assistance preparation to eligible youth K-12.

How To Apply

Need Help With Child Support?

If you are a CAAGKC customer who receives assistance through our CSBG grant, you may be eligible for child support referral services.