Vulnerable school leavers are to be offered support to make the transition into adulthood, Fiona Hyslop has said.
Ms Hyslop is visiting Forth Valley College in Clackmannan
The education secretary said £1.4m would be made available to secure the future of the Post-School Psychological Service until 2014.
Currently, educational psychological services are focused on youngsters up to the age of 16. The service will now be offered to those aged up to 24.
The scheme is also being expanded from just 20 Scottish councils to all 32.
Ms Hyslop, who is visiting Forth Valley College's Clackmannan campus to see the project in action, said: "We must ensure that every young person gets the chance to fulfil their potential and grab life's opportunities with both hands, whether that means going on to further study, training or the world of work.
"There is a path for everyone out there. Some young people need a little help to find their way.
"This service will make a difference to young people across the country.
"Psychological services will work with lifelong learning and training partners to provide a crucial bridge."