Do you have young people in your life who could use some assistance in finding a job, getting training, or planning their future career? Youth employment programs offer a range of services to help people plan and achieve career, training, or employment goals. Most focus on helping young people with specific barriers to success, and all offer slightly different programs or services which may include:
- Job application, resume, and interview assistance
- Job postings for full-time, part-time, or summer-only employment
- Resources to explore college and training options
- Career exploration assistance
- Help achieving high school equivalency
- Basic skills training including computer, math or English classes
- Referrals to other assistance
CareerOneStop’s new Youth Program Finder lets you locate these programs in any neighborhood across the country. Simply enter a place—city, state, or ZIP code—to create a list of community programs that provide career, training, or job search assistance to young people. Each list includes program names (and website if available), location (including map and driving directions), contact information (including phone number, names, and emails, if available), and an indication if the program has services targeted specifically to people with a criminal record
The Youth Program Finder was created in response to requests for help locating services for people age 16 to 24. The Finder was designed to be used by young people themselves, or by the adults in their lives – parents, teachers, counselors, advisors, and others.
Young adults seeking career or employment assistance can easily access the Youth Program Finder from a computer, tablet, or phone. Programs that offer in-depth services as part of Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) are also listed; contact programs directly to learn about eligbility. Counselors working with young adults who plan to relocate will also find it valuable to research services available in their new location.
The Finder includes information for nearly 2,500 programs across the country, including services offered by American Job Centers and affiliated programs, and those offered by independent community organizations. All data was collected and verified by CareerOneStop staff and is available for download directly from the tool, or via a Youth Program Finder widget that allows website owners to deliver the information directly from their own website.