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Reconnect to Opportunity supports young people ages 16 to 24, who have not finished high school. We also help those who finished, but are unsure about the next steps. We can connect you with education, employment, and post-secondary training opportunities in King County, WA.

Regardless of the challenges you may be dealing with, ReOpp’s outreach team will offer you program options to consider, help you find the best fit opportunity, and assist with the enrollment or application process. We will stick with you, so if a program is not a good fit, we will try again until we get it right.

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Contact Malcolm Lee

Recruitment Manager

(206) 409-6775

We believe that:

Everyone deserves a second chance.

No matter where you come from, or whatever your past experiences in school, you deserve a good education.

Positive relationships are essential.

You deserve a support system that builds you up and keeps you connected. Caring, respectful, and non-judgmental relationships can help you accomplish your goals.

There is more than one path to success.

We will meet you where you are at. We want you in the driver’s seat as you explore options and work towards your education and employment goals.

Are you considering reconnecting with education?

Are you considering reconnecting with education? Here are some of the questions that young adults in your shoes have asked us.

CAN I STILL GET A HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA IF I DROPPED OUT OF HIGH SCHOOL?

Absolutely. There are programs that will let you keep any credits you’ve already earned and will help you figure out what you still need to get your high school diploma.

CAN I STILL GET A HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA IF I AM OLDER THAN 21?

Yes! High School 21+ is a great option for young people looking to earn their high school diploma who have already turned 21. Many community and technical colleges in King County currently offer a High School 21+ program.

WHAT IS A GED AND WHAT CAN IT DO FOR ME?

The GED, which stands for General Education Development, is a high school equivalency test with four subject areas. Like a high school diploma, a GED can help you get a better job and enroll in college or other training programs.

CAN I GO TO COLLEGE IF I PASS THE GED?

Definitely – there are even dual enrollment programs that can help you work towards passing the GED while earning college credits. Many programs can link you with Seattle Education Access, whose staff can help you make the transition to college, whether for a four-year, two-year or a shorter-term training program.

CAN I ENROLL IN A RE-ENGAGEMENT PROGRAM AS AN UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANT?

Yes! High School 21+ is a great option for young people looking to earn their high school diploma who have already turned 21. Many community and technical colleges in King County currently offer a High School 21+ program.
If I pass the GED instead of a diploma can I still qualify for DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals)?
Definitely. And, we can connect you to a program with a case manager who can help you out with both your GED and your DACA paperwork!

CAN I STILL GET A HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA IF I DROPPED OUT OF HIGH SCHOOL?

Absolutely. There are programs that will let you keep any credits you’ve already earned and will help you figure out what you still need to get your high school diploma.

HOW DO I KNOW IF IT’S BETTER TO FINISH MY DIPLOMA OR WORK TOWARDS THE GED?

That’s up to you. There are a lot of factors to consider, including how many credits you have already earned, how much time you have to spend on a diploma or GED, and what your future goals are. Our team is more than happy to help you think this through. Let’s talk!

WHAT IF I’M NOT READY TO FOCUS ON MY FUTURE?

That’s okay. If you want help getting ready to focus on your future, our team is more than happy to have that conversation with you. If not, we’ll be here when you’re ready.

Maria Guizar

Opportunity Youth System Manager

Maria Guizar, MSW has 15 years of experience in the behavioral health field, working with youth, families, survivors of domestic violence, and veterans. She passionately promotes gender equality, and equity and social justice. She has worked with the King County Department of Community and Human Services for over nine years. Previously, she worked for the Behavioral Health and Recovery Division managing juvenile justice programs that provided behavioral health services to youth and families.

Mrs. Guizar has a Master in Social Work from the University of Utah and Bachelor in Psychology and Spanish from Central Washington University. She is passionate about working with youth and empowering them to pursue their dreams in education, training and/or employment. In Maria’s spare time, she enjoys spending time with family, working out and traveling.

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Malcolm

Community Outreach Manager

Malcolm is a Seattle native and San Diego dreaming from time spent in the U.S. Navy. Community growth and supporting youth are two of the main areas that fuel his desire to become a leader. Working at Southwest Youth and Family Services from 2016 to 2019 contributed Malcolm’s deep understanding of trauma-informed care, adaptive case management, and best equitable practices. Prior to working at SWYFS, he spent 5 years working in intelligence for the Southwest Naval Region and volunteered his free time working with a youth development program for families that were deployed. He is a student of the Social Sciences program at National University. In Malcolm’s spare time, he enjoys working out, cooking, photography, and art.

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Community Voices

 

“I FELT LIKE I COULDN’T BE WHO I REALLY WAS THERE. I HAD TEACHERS TELLING ME I HAD TO BE SOMEONE I WASN’T. HERE, I CAN TELL TEACHERS WHAT I NEED AND THEY’LL HELP ME…” “… IF IT WASN’T FOR TEVIN, I WOULDN’T KNOW THIS OPTION WAS OUT THERE.”

– Avion 


“I’M A HELPFUL PERSON. I LIKE TO DO COMMUNITY SERVICE. I ACTUALLY DID A TOY DRIVE AND GAVE IT TO A POLICE DEPARTMENT TO GIVE TO KIDS THAT HAVE BEEN VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE. I KNOW IT SOUNDS WEIRD BUT I WANT TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN A PERSON’S LIFE EVEN IN A MINOR WAY. EVEN IF IT IS JUST ONE LIFE, I WANT TO MAKE THE WORLD A BIT SAFER”

– Delia


“ALTHOUGH RESOURCES AREN’T GIVEN TO YOU, THE RESOURCES ARE OUT THERE. I WOULD SAY FIND SOMEONE WHO HAS BEEN THROUGH WHAT YOU’RE GOING THROUGH AND ASK FOR SUPPORT.”

– Hikma


“I WANT TO GO TO A TECHNICAL COLLEGE AND GET MORE HANDS ON SKILLS AND MAKE A CAREER. PSSC SETS EVERYONE UP SO PERFECTLY. THEY GET YOU HANDS ON SKILLS RIGHT AWAY, SO NOW I CAN GO TO A TECHNICAL COLLEGE ALREADY HAVING SOME SKILLS.”

– Inecio

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