Get Involved with our Partner OSHN!

This month the Office for Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods (OSHN) is hosting two events (9/23/23 and 9/26/23) that are free and a great way to get involved.

The One Love Louisville Ambassador Training is a free, in-person training scheduled for September 23rd, 2023.  Based off our current lineup of presenters, we will meet from 9:00am-2:00pm at Refuge In Kentucky Church, located at 1716 Prentice Street, 40210, and lunch will be served.  We will hear from experts as they cover a range of topics including Firearm Safety, Question Persuade Refer (QPR), Stop the Bleed, and The Public Health Approach to Violence.  This training, which has been attended by over 900 people since its inception in 2017, aims to inform participants of individual and collective efforts to reduce violence in Louisville. For many of our participants, this is a gateway to get involved with our office, and our wonderful partner organizations working to curb violence in our community.  If you have ever wanted to get plugged in to this work, the Ambassador Training is a great place to start. Click Here To Register. The flyer with the QR code is also attached.

Networking Night on Tuesday, September 26th, at the Broadway Family YMCA (1720 West Broadway) from 6:00PM-7:30PM. Networking Nights are an opportunity to get to know some of the change-agents doing great work in Louisville.  This event, we will feature guests from Catholic Charities, VOA – Restorative Justice, and Casa River Region. This is a great opportunity to get plugged into violence prevention work, learn about resources, and meet others working towards a better Louisville.  Food and refreshments will be served. Click Here To Register.

A Call to Act!

The CSYA Team has committed to participating in a Monthly Community Outreach. The CSYA mission is to bring transformational change for young adults. We believe in a collective approach to bring this mission to life. This month we decided to volunteer at St. Vincent De Paul to feed those in need a free meal with the Office of Safe & Healthy Neighborhoods. We, alongside other volunteers helped serve a hot dinner to over 200 people in need.

If you are in need of volunteers for anything please email our Director of Development, Breanna Carter:

Join us for our August Lunch & Link!

Join us on August 22nd, 2023, for our second Lunch & Link networking event. This event will be held at our new office space on 310 E. Broadway. Lunch & Link is designed to bring community organizations and individuals together who serve “Opportunity Youth” to create a network so that we can continue to create change for the youth and young adults of Louisville.

Stop by to eat lunch on us, catered by Gore’s Smokeout BBQ! And to connect, listen, and learn. This event has Madalyn Marables of Leadership and Professional Development at JCPS as the guest speaker.

LinkedIn Registration:
Booking Registration (Only for people who do not have a LinkedIn Profile):


Virtual Education Forum October 5, 2022

Coalition Supporting Young Adults Virtual Education Forum October 5, 2022

CSYA is inviting the community to join us and our partners for a free virtual forum on Wednesday, October 5 from 10:00-11:00am EST, as we unveil our Education Re-Engagement Solutions Brief. This event, free to the public, will feature insights from our research team, a panel of young experts to reflect on their experiences navigating the Louisville education system, and education and community leaders responding to the solutions and recommendations presented in the brief.

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View the event here.

Pathways to High School Diploma & Beyond

You have the right to enroll in public education until age 21 or you earn a diploma.

There are many ways to earn a high school credential and prepare for college or a career. The most common path is to attend a four-year public high school. However, there are other ways for students who want to graduate in less than four years, who have fallen behind on credits, or want to pair their education with job training or employment. In this guide, learn about the different pathways to high school and beyond.

Pathways to High School Credential June 30 2021

Your educational goals are important! With so many choices, it can be hard to know which is the best choice for you. For assistance, contact one of these local programs or resources.

Louisville Youth Network
A network of organizations are available to help young people find their path to school, work, and services. For help finding the right path for you, connect with a navigator through their website: or call 502-230-2028.

15,000 Degrees
Pathways to Education Coaching Support – to assist African-American students with academic and life support to finish high school and work with them to create realistic goals for college and career readiness.  Scholarships for college, mentoring and coaching support available.  Please call (502) 224-1923.

Jefferson SkillsU Reengagement
JCPS Staff can check your transcript and let you know the courses you need to graduate. They can also connect you with the program that works for you. Call (502)977-8913 or (502)977-8974.

Kentucky Youth Career Center
KYCC case managers and career planners are available to help find the best way to reach your education and career goals. Call (502) 574-4115 or (502) 388-3010.

School Staff
Reach out to the counselor at the last school attended for more information about the options available to you. Schools are looking for ways to help students so the path to graduation may be shorter than you think.

Welcome Darryl Young, Jr. as CSYA New Executive Director

LOUISVILLE, KY (Wednesday, March 17, 2021) —The Coalition Supporting Young Adults (CSYA) has hired Darryl Young, Jr. as the organization’s first Executive Director.

Darryl comes to CSYA from the Muhammad Ali Center, where he served for four years as the Program Manager. There, Darryl implemented and expanded the Center’s youth engagement programs, strengthened community relationships, and secured grants for new programs. A 2012 graduate of the University of Louisville, Darryl is co-chair of the One Love Louisville Initiative, a Co-Facilitator of the Racial Healers Training through the child welfare system, a founding Associate Board member at Nativity Academy, and a 40 Under 40 Honoree.

“I am deeply honored and humbled to have been selected to do this very important work,” said Darryl. “I look forward to working with community partners to support this deserving population of young people.”

CSYA was initiated by the Coalition for the Homeless in 2012 as a collective action initiative of organizations who share the goal of transforming how Louisville supports vulnerable youth and young adults. With the current health, economic, and social justice crises in Louisville, it is estimated as many as one in four young people in Louisville (aged 16-24) are not engaged in education or employment, and the disparity between the disconnection of Black youth and white youth in Louisville is the worst in the country.

With the hiring of Darryl as the inaugural Executive Director and the generous support of our funding partners Louisville Metro, Jewish Heritage Fund for Excellence, and the Junior League of Louisville, CSYA is entering the next phase of the organization’s growth. This year, CSYA is working with YouthBuild Louisville, Louisville Urban League, Goodwill Industries of Kentucky, and Louisville Metro Office of Youth Development to expand and link the network of supports for Louisville’s young people (aged 16 to 24) who are not in school or work, or simply need more support.

“Darryl brings years of experience working with young people and is intentional about centering youth voice,” said Nikki Thornton, Board Chair. “His diverse networks will help to expand the collective actions that are essential for CSYA’s continued growth. Darryl is a true asset to the organization and I’m thrilled to work in partnership with him.”

CSYA’s work is rooted in the need for systemic change, and centers their work by listening to directly impacted young people, advocating alongside them for their success, and connecting them with programs and opportunities. To get involved with CSYA, contact Darryl at

CSYA Welcomes New Network Coordinator

Brittany Brown, CSYA Network Coordinator

CSYA is proud to announce our new Network Coordinator, Brittany Brown. Brittany joins the organization having most recently worked in the healthcare sector within community engagement and outreach. There, Brittany created relationships with community partners to connect individuals to social services and remove barriers to health. Brittany is a graduate of Western Kentucky University and an Associate Board member of Coalition for the Homeless, where she serves as Membership, Diversity, and Inclusion Co-Chair. As Network Coordinator, Brittany will be responsible for managing relationships, coordinating workgroups, and handling CSYA’s communications.

"I am very excited to be joining the team. I look forward to connecting with existing partners, engaging new ones, and supporting this work," Brittany said.

Kentucky Youth Career Center

The Kentucky Youth Career Center and REimage are currently offering an enrollment bonus ($25 e-gift card) for those who enroll in one of the programs. KYCC provides case management and supportive services for 18-24 year-old out-of-school youth seeking assistance with earning their GED, basic job skills, occupational certifications, paid internships, and more. Youth have access to supportive services such as TARC tickets/passes, funds for work- or education-related needs, and incentives for achieving goals. REimage provides the same services listed above, plus court-support, for justice-involved in- or out-of-school youth ages 16-24. Please reach out to or for more information. 

The Kentucky Youth Career Center is currently recruiting for our Internship Academy program. Internship Academy is a 10-week PAID internship program that pairs professional development and an internship in the youth’s field of interest. Youth earn $11.50 per hour for up to 30 hours per week while in the program, plus weekly bonuses. Youth must be 18-24 years old, have a high school diploma or GED, and eligible for enrollment in KYCC. For more information, please reach out to or
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