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Worcester’s “YouthWorks Summer Jobs Program” was established to create summer jobs for low-income, 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. New for 2020, youth ages 14-15 will participate in 10-hour weekly paid service learning projects.


Applications for YouthWorks Summer 2020 have closed.


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 – income verification is required
  • Applicants must provide a signed copy of their Social Security card
  • Applicants must submit to a CORI check/drug test, where required.

Contact Yetziann Ortiz at 508 762-9853 for further information.


Seeking Employment Partners

NEW!  Are you a company or organization interested in hosting a co-hort of 14-15 year olds for a service learning project? Please connect with us using this link.

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 2020 Worcester Youth Development & Professional Leadership Symposium. If you are interested please connect with us using this link.

If you are an employer interested in hosting youth for summer 2020 through the YouthWorks Summer Jobs Program, please contact Yetziann Ortiz at 508.762.9853.

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

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.