Breaking Barriers (B2) is a career and work-readiness program that provides job skills and work experience to youth and young adults between the ages of 14-24 in Franklin County. Participants are given the opportunity to gain knowledge and develop skills and work habits that increase the potential for employment success. From meeting basic academic requirements for entry in a career-training program, to career-entry placements, this program helps participants address their barriers and challenges to achieving long-term self-sufficiency. Since 2013, the Breaking Barriers program has served youth in afterschool programming and during the summer break. During this time-frame, youth have been provided with tutoring support, career exploration activities, job-readiness training, on-site coaching and mentoring, internships, community service projects and work-experience opportunities.

Breaking Barriers is funded by the Franklin County Board of Commissioners and administered by FCDJFS.

*Participants must meet income eligibility requirements.