Opportunity Jobs Academy

Join us in strengthening our communities by helping impressionable teens and young adults pursue the American dream, through the Opportunity Jobs Academy. Opportunity Jobs Academy (OJA) is a community-based education program in conjunction with Orlando After-School All-Stars, a leading non-profit that helps kids succeed in school and life. OJA connects youth with community leaders and role models from government, business and non-profit sectors—and prepares students for the contemporary workplace. In partnership with Orange County Public Schools, OJA offers students a ten week curriculum that focuses on job readiness, on-the-job training experiences, interview skills, and mentors from the local business community. OJA's ten-week program module offers students training on the following core competencies:
  • Goal Setting & Career Exploration
  • Financial Literacy
  • Resume Preparation
  • Interviewing Skills
  • Mentoring Workshops
  • Workplace Skills
  • Job Search
  • Presentation Skills

Opportunity Jobs Academy is dedicated to creating solutions for business, workforce and community challenges. Support strategies and initiatives for our youth that help make our region an ideal destination for businesses and people. When you become a donor, you become a change agent for the region, transforming intent into action. Help young adults become job-ready by investing in educational programs that include:

  • Career coaching
  • Networking events
  • Employment resources
  • Integration with business groups

“With Opportunity Jobs Academy, we are connecting our high school students with an opportunity to have their first job along with mentoring and skills training to help them succeed in those jobs.” – Buddy Dyer, Mayor of Orlando


We are now accepting applications for the Spring 2021 OJA Program at Edgewater High School, Jones High School and Colonial High School. The OJA course is an innovative virtual class that takes place over a 10 week period of time. Our ideal participant is seeking career exposure and guidance, and to develop the skills needed for full-time employment both as a student and beyond. 

Opportunity Jobs Academy Spring 2021 | Download the application(PDF, 500KB)

Fill out the application online now

The current curriculum is produced in partnership with the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Foundation (AHLEF) and the Orlando After-School All-Stars. Students will receive an OJA Training Certification and have the opportunity to earn the Certified Guest Service Professional (CGSP®) certification – recognized as the highest acknowledgment of award-winning guest service for employees in the lodging industry.

The first day of class is scheduled to begin the week of February 16, 2021. If you should have any questions, please contact youthworkforce@orlando.gov.


Mentor + Class Speaker Opportunities

The Opportunity Jobs Academy is continually seeking business owners and community leaders from the Orlando area to serve as mentors and speakers for the program’s students. If you or your business is interested in participating as a mentor and/or presenting to the class after school, please send us an email. Sign up now or learn more about how you can make an impact as a mentor.

Orlando After-School All-Stars and the Opportunity Jobs Foundation are both 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations with governing board of directors.

For more info, visit the Opportunity Jobs Foundation website or follow OJA on Twitter and Facebook.