Youth%20Working

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.


Applications for YouthWorks Summer 2021 Now Available!

Complete intake form/application below – return via email to or leave in JEC’s blue drop box located outside Suite 203, 2nd Floor of Denholm Building, 484 Main Street, Worcester. Deadline to apply is May 14th.

Please note: For summer 2021, the program, as mandated by the state, will be 30% virtual with the balance of the program involving in-person placements.


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 Roberto Diaz at 508 762-9853 for further information.


Seeking Employment Partners

If you are an employer interested in hosting youth for summer 2021 through the YouthWorks Summer Jobs Program, please contact Roberto Diaz 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.