by helping young adults make 

the transition to adulthood 



The 412 Youth Zone is a safe and welcoming one-stop center for youth ages 16-23, that are transitioning out of the foster care system and are eligible for independent living services or are experiencing unstable housing. 

The program, a vision of Allegheny County's Department of Human Services, is designed for youth to gain stability, build positive relationships, learn life skills, meet basic needs, foster creative expressions and be guided on the right path towards a brighter future. 

The 412 Youth Zone is a place where our youth can feel a sense of fun and belonging and an opportunity for our staff, volunteers and 40+ community partners to make a long-lasting impact on their futures. The program's goal is to help youth become independent, self-sufficient adults. 


The Employment Institute is the go-to workforce development program in Southwestern Pennsylvania. . 

The Employment Institute offers national industry-recognized certification programs and helps youth gain experience through life-skills training, vocational training, soft skills, internships, driver's training program and apprenticeship programs. 

When our youth leave the Employment Institute, they understand and embrace the "real world" of work and have the employment training and opportunity that will enable them to become productive members of the community.