YouthWorks Summer Jobs

Youth%20WorkingWorcester’s “YouthWorks Summer Jobs Program” was established in May of 2005, with a $167,000 grant from the state’s Commonwealth Corporation – directed to the City, and developed through Worcester Community Action Council, Inc. to create summer jobs for low-income, inner city youth between the ages of 14 and 21. With a grant- required 20% match developed from private funding, 102 paid summer jobs were created at 18 separate work sites. Since that time, WCAC’s YouthWorks program has grown to provide more than 3,500 youth with summer jobs in partnership with nearly 75 local organizations and businesses.

Each summer, youth are provided with 18 hours of pre-employment training, along with 6-7 weeks of meaningful paid work experience, and daily supervision and support. For summer 2015, 349 youth were provided with a job. Click here to read in their own words the impact the program made on some of their lives.

WCAC is responsible for all phases of the YouthWorks program; job development and placement, recruitment and eligibility, pre-employment training, site monitoring and safety adherence, distribution of a weekly payroll, and constant communication with all interested parties. WCAC works closely with all State and Local Representatives to secure additional youth employment funds, as well as with many of our public and private sector employers to increase job availability for our youth.

Thank you to the many area businesses and partners who step up to offer youth meaningful employment opportunities

Youth Eligibility

(applications for summer 2016 will be available in June)

To apply for a job in the YouthWorks program:

  • Applicants must reside in the City of Worcester
  • Applicants must be between the ages of 14 and 21
  • Applicants must fit the State mandated low-income / at-risk criteria
  • Applicants must provide a signed copy of their Social Security card
  • Applicants must complete the application process
  • Applicants must submit to a CORI check/drug test, where required.

Contact Kelsey Lamoureux at 508 754-1176 x210 for further information.

Employer Criteria

In order to participate in the YouthWorks program:

  • Employers shall provide meaningful, quality jobs
  • Employers shall establish hours of work within the program guidelines
  • Employers shall provide daily supervision, and monitor attendance
  • Employers shall strictly adhere to all Safety and Child labor Laws
  • Employers shall work closely with WCAC to ensure a successful work experience

Contact Charla Hixson at 508 754-1176 x139 for further information.

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