Youth Opportunity School
1510 West Lafayette Avenue

Coordinates39°17′56.56″N 76°38′33.29″W / 39.2990444°N 76.6425806°W / 39.2990444; -76.6425806Coordinates: 39°17′56.56″N 76°38′33.29″W / 39.2990444°N 76.6425806°W / 39.2990444; -76.6425806
School typePublic, Alternative
School districtBaltimore City Public Schools
School number858
PrincipalAyanna McClean[1]
Enrollment40[2] (2018)

Youth Opportunity Academy (alternately YO! Academy[3]) is a public, alternative high school located in the Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood of Baltimore, Maryland. The school allows students who have dropped out to obtain either high school diplomas or GEDs.[4] The school is located in the Lafayette Square Community Center, in a building that was originally built in 1972 and originally served as a branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library.[5][6]

YO! Baltimore

The academy is run in concert with Baltimore City Public Schools by Youth Opportunity (YO!) Baltimore, a non-profit organization. YO! was founded in 2000 to provide workforce and education support services, mentoring and social services to young people (18-24) in Baltimore.[3][7] The center also maintains a closet of donated clothes for jobs & interviews.[8] It operates two community resource sites, one in the same center as the Academy, the other in East Baltimore, at 1212 North Wolfe Street.[8] Funded from 2000 to 2006 by federal grant,[3] YO! has since operated with funding from the Mayor's Office of Economic Development, and has partnered with Johns Hopkins University.[9] The program has also received volunteers through the AmeriCorps program.[10]


  1. ^ "Youth Opportunity". Baltimore City Public Schools.
  2. ^ "Media Advisory: 40 Baltimore City Students to Graduate from Youth Opportunity (YO) Baltimore Programs". City of Baltimore. Retrieved 2019-04-29.
  3. ^ a b c "63 Baltimore City Students Graduate from Youth Opportunity (YO) Baltimore". City of Baltimore. Retrieved 2019-04-29.
  4. ^ Green, Erica (2011-01-07). "Youth Opportunity Academy". The Baltimore Sun. Baltimore, Maryland. p. 3. Retrieved 2019-04-29.
  5. ^ "Jobs workshop slated at Pratt library branch". The Baltimore Sun. Baltimore, Maryland. 1980-04-20. p. 116. Retrieved 2019-04-29.
  6. ^ "Suburbs outstrip building rate in city". The Baltimore Sun. Baltimore, Maryland. 1972-05-21. p. 124. Retrieved 2019-04-29.
  7. ^ "Youth Services". Mayor's Office of Employment Development. 2015-10-23. Retrieved 2019-04-29.
  8. ^ a b Stiehm, Jamie (2001-03-27). "Improved prospects for youths envisioned". The Baltimore Sun. Baltimore, Maryland. p. 11. Retrieved 2019-04-29.
  9. ^ Pringle, Megan (2017-12-20). "YO! Baltimore helps young people gain employment". WBAL. Retrieved 2019-04-29.
  10. ^ "Office of the Mayor's Youth Opportunity (YO!) Baltimore". Retrieved 2019-04-29.