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.

Plans are underway to open the Youth Opportunities Program (YOP) for FY2022 after a temporary suspension of the program during FY2021 due to the fiscal impact of COVID-19.  The program cycle could open, with the release of a new application and guidelines, as early as summer 2021.   While the cycle will be opening later than usual, we are working to provide you with a more customer friendly application, a faster and more efficient review process, and a data-driven method that will maximize the impact of the programs for our communities.  To be added to the email notification for the upcoming cycle, 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

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

The original Application and attachments 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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