Connect Pathway Graphic JPGtheCONNECT (Baltimore City’s Youth Opportunity Network) is committed to weaving a seamless network to align responsive supports and real pathways to opportunities for disconnected youth in education, entrepreneurship, and employment.

theConnect is a cross-sector collaborative of government agencies, service providers, educational institutions, employers, and non-profit organizations. This Collaborative is engaged in a collective impact effort to connect or reconnect Baltimore’s youth, not connected to work or education, to the economic life of Baltimore by creating and enhancing pathways into post-secondary education, credentialing, and careers leading to family-supporting wages. This strategy focuses heavily on relationship-building and a community organizing approach to access existing programs, pathways, and services, and partner with organizations to streamline what is in existence, link networks, reduce duplication, and expand the pie while limiting competition for scarce resources.