This section provides information on job opportunities for youth, as well as apprenticeship programs, vocational programs, and job placement services. AmeriCorps, Job Corps, and Apprenticeship are examples of programs that offer unique opportunities for youth to enter the workforce with support and guidance.
AmeriCoprsNCCC (National Civilian Community Corps) engages recent college graduates and veterans in public. AmeriCorps NCCC is a full-time, team-based residential program for young adults age 18–24. The mission of AmeriCorps NCCC is to strengthen communities and develop leaders through direct, team-based national and community service. Members are assigned to one of five campuses, located in Denver, Colorado; Sacramento, California; Perry Point, Maryland; Vicksburg, Mississippi; and Vinton, Iowa. All AmeriCorps members receive Segal AmeriCorps Education Awards when they complete their terms of service. These awards can be used to pay back loans or pay for college or graduate school. A majority of AmeriCorps members have at least some college experience, and the program has a strong track record of creating pathways to public service fields that are currently experiencing workforce shortages.
Offers a combination of on-the-job training and related classroom instruction in which workers learn the practical and theoretical aspects of a highly skilled occupation. Applicants for apprenticeship programs must be at least 16 years old and meet the program sponsor's qualifications.
The Corps Network
The Corps Network is the voice of the nation’s 158 Service and Conservation Corps. Currently operating in 46 states and the District of Columbia, Corps annually enroll more than 33,000 young men and women in service every year. Corps annually mobilize approximately 265,000 community volunteers who, in conjunction with Corps members, generate 15.3 million hours of service every year.
Educational Quality Improvement Program 3 (EQUIP3)
The Educational Quality Improvement Program 3 (EQUIP3) is designed to improve earning, learning, and skill development opportunities for out-of-school youth in developing countries, with initiatives seeking to prepare youth for adult roles, including entering the world of work. EQUIP3 strives to continually involve and engage young women and men as we work with countries to improve youth-related policies and programs. They also provide technical assistance to USAID and other organizations in order to build the capacity of youth and youth-serving organizations. EQUIP3 has expertise in both Workforce Development and Livelihood Development.
Green For All
Green For All is dedicated to improving the lives of all Americans through a clean energy economy. They work in collaboration with the business, government, labor and grassroots communities to create and implement programs that increase quality jobs and opportunities in green industry—all while holding the most vulnerable people at the center of their agenda.
Job Corps is a no-cost education and vocational training program administered by the US Department of Labor that helps young people ages 16–24 improve the quality of their lives through vocational and academic training.
The National Youth Employment Coalition
The National Youth Employment Coalition envisions a nation in which every young person is assured the full range of educational, developmental, vocational, economic and social opportunities, supports or services that he or she may need to become a productive and self-sufficient worker, taxpayer, parent and citizen.
National Youth Leadership Forum
Founded in 1992, the National Youth Leadership Forum (NYLF) helps prepare extraordinary young people for their academic future and professional careers. Its mission is to bring various professions to life, empowering outstanding young people with confidence to make well-informed career choices. NYLF programs are held in 18 cities throughout the United States.
In response to Congress failing to pass President Obama's Summer Jobs Program for youth in the American Jobs Act, the President proposed the SummerJobs+ Program. It's a join initiative that challenges business leaders and communities to join the Administration in providing hundreds of thousands of summer jobs for America's youth. Use this site to locate available summer jobs by searching keywords, city, and state.
SYEP provides New York City youth ages 14-24 with paid summer positions for up to seven weeks during July and August. Students work in several industries such as Government Agencies, Hospitals, Summer Camps, Non-Profits, Small Businesses, Law Firms, Museums, Sports Enterprises, and Retail Organizations. Workshops on job readiness and career interest are also available.
For young adults (ages 14-21) living in the county of Los Angeles, CA, the Summer Youth Employment Program provides youth subsidized summer job pathways. Through a mentorship, job readiness training, and financial education seminars, young adults are prepared to enter the workforce with real-world experience and know-how.
YouthBuild USA seeks to unleash the intelligence and positive energy of low-income youth to rebuild their communities and their lives. YouthBuild USA joins with others to help build a movement toward a more just society in which respect, love, responsibility and cooperation are the dominant unifying values and sufficient opportunities are available for all people, in all communities, to fulfill their own potential and contribute to the well-being of others.
The YEOP program provides students, ages 15-25, special services to aid in their professional development. While working with advisors, students engage with individuals with comparative life experiences and given supportive services, workshops, and assist in placement assistance.
Provides youth with the skills and training they need to successfully transition to adulthood and careers.