Opportunities Plus places low-income, documented, immigrant youth, ages 15-21, in six or eight week internships with local businesses, government agencies, and nonprofits. Prior to their internship placements, youth participate in a four-hour job skills workshop, where they develop a cover letter, resume, and interview skills. LP provides participants with a modest allowance to cover their food and transportation costs for what would traditionally be an unpaid internship. To date, 769 youth have gained professional skills, workplace knowledge, and confidence in their abilities through this program.
The goal of the program is to combat cultural obstacles to prospective career paths, stressing the values of professionalism, freedom of choice, self-determination, and the pursuit of a fulfilling career. By the end of their internship, participants will have become more comfortable applying for employment on their own, more comfortable in the American workplace, and have gained a better understanding of a professional work environment.