YouthWorks Summer Jobs

Youth%20WorkingWorcester’s “YouthWorks Summer Jobs Program” was established to create summer jobs for low-income, at-risk, inner city youth between the ages of 14 and 21. 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.

WCAC is responsible for all phases of the YouthWorks program; job development and placement, recruitment and eligibility, professionally developed 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.

YouthWorks is funded through the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development, and administered statewide by the Commonwealth Corporation. Locally it is coordinated through the Central MA Workforce Investment Board and managed on their behalf in Worcester by the Worcester Community Action Council.


The mission of the Worcester Youth Development & Professional Leadership Symposium is to provide free, trauma-informed training opportunities to youth workers and youth that work who would like to work or are working during the summer months in Worcester. We are presently seeking youth development, community development, economic development, mental health professionals, and public health professionals, who are interested in volunteering as trainers during the 2019 WYDPLS. If you would like to become a 2019 WYDPLS trainer, please complete this form:


Youth Eligibility

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 Yetziann Ortiz at 508 754-1176 x153 for further information.

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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 Carrick O’Brien at 508 754-1176 x228 for further information.


Worcester’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. 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.

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