Ohio Urban Youth Empowerment Program (UYEP)/Face Forward

Ohio UYEP/Face Forward, provided by the Urban League and community partners, and funded by the U.S. Department of Labor, seeks to improve the long-term labor market prospects of both juvenile offenders and court- involved youth prior to adjudication. Through diversion and record expungement, as well as education, training, job placement assistance, and supportive services, this program gives youth a chance to avoid the stigma of a juvenile record, succeed in the workplace, and leave past transgressions behind.

This three-year program, which operates out of the Greater Cincinnati Urban League (GCUL), provides an important opportunity to re-integrate youth ages 16 to 24 who are currently involved in the juvenile justice system. Participants are provided one to two years of program services, and nine months of post-program follow-up.

Throughout the program, our services include mentoring, training toward industry-recognized credentials, placement assistance for jobs and post-secondary education, and supportive services. All youth will also participate in service learning projects. Through Ohio UYEP/Face Forward, youth will have the opportunity to earn a GED and/or industry-recognized credential, develop the skills needed to compete in the workforce, and create a positive relationship with their community.


Ohio UYEP/Face Forward is an officially recognized diversion program. Participants may also receive assistance with criminal record expungement through GCUL partnerships with nonprofit legal service providers. Participants will participate in restorative justice projects and service learning as part of their rehabilitation.


GCUL has long standing relationships with local employers. Participants have access to employment opportunities, on the job training, internships and apprenticeships. The program focuses on construction, manufacturing, culinary arts, and entrepreneurship.


Industry-recognized credentials are a pathway to high-paying, long-term careers in high-growth, high demand sectors. Ohio UYEP/FACE Forward helps youth select, enroll in, and complete a training program relevant to their skills and interests.


  • Diversion and Expungement
  • Case Management
  • Job Readiness Training
  • Industry-Recognized Credentials
  • Mentoring
  • GED Instruction
  • Job Placement and Retention
  • Service Learning Projects


  • Transportation Services
  • Business Wardrobe Closet
  • Housing Assistance Referral
  • Mental Health Referral
  • Substance Abuse Counseling
  • Family Counseling Referral
  • Access to American Job Center

If you would like to refer someone to the program click here.  Referal Flyer UYEP

If you would like to register for UYEP click here.  Registration Flyer UYEP

If you would like a UYEP marketing flyer click here.  UYEP Marketing Flyer


Ohio UYEP/Face Forward program is supported by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration and the National Urban League. Equal Opportunity Employer/Program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

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