Youth Opportunity Program

The purpose of the Youth Opportunities Program is to broaden and strengthen opportunities for positive development and participation in community life for youth, and to discourage such persons from engaging in criminal and violent behavior.

Calendar year 2021 Youth Opportunities Program (YOP) tax credits will be awarded through the NAP/YOP Special Cycle.  Click here to learn more about the Special Cycle.

The calendar year 2022 YOP application cycle will open in fall 2021. The new application and guidelines will be posted at that time. To be added to the email notification for the upcoming cycle, click here.

DED’s Business and Community Solutions team recently held a focus group for stakeholders to provide feedback about how DED can improve the NAP and YOP programs and application processes. To view the focus group webinar, click here.

Program Document Upload

Upload Program Application(s) and Documents

The FTP is a file system that allows you to send large documents that are too big to go through email. Sending documents through FTP can also help you save space in your inbox!

To upload a file, please click the following link and enter the username and password provided below:

Username: ded.finance
Password: BCSformupload2020

Need help? Click here.

A notification email confirming receipt will be sent to the email address listed in the application within 3 business days.

Program documents can be accepted as either digital or original documents. If you choose to mail an original document, please refrain from uploading a duplicate. Likewise, please do NOT mail an original copy if you have uploaded the same file through this web page.

Any original documents should be mailed to the address below:

Department of Economic Development
PO Box 118
Jefferson City, MO 65102

Eligibility requirements: 

Tax credits are allocated to organizations administering positive youth development or crime prevention projects that have been approved through the application process.  Approved organizations secure contributions from their community, and the contributor receives tax credits for those contributions.  There are 50% tax credits for monetary contributions and wages paid to youth in an approved internship, apprenticeship or employment project, and 30% tax credits for property or equipment contributions used specifically for the project.

Eligible Projects include:

  • Degree Completion
  • Internship/Apprenticeship
  • Youth Clubs/Associations
  • Adopt-A-School
  • Mentor/Role Model
  • Substance Abuse Prevention
  • Violence Prevention
  • Youth Activity Centers
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Employment
  • Counseling

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