Employment & Training

Share with Youth: YE4C Editorial Board Opportunity

The IWGYP is seeking youth ages 16-24 who are interested in writing and online content development for youth audiences to join the next cohort of the YE4C Editorial Board.

Reports: Federal Programs for Youth

The Congressional Research Service has released three reports: Federal Youth Employment and Job Training Programs, Vulnerable Youth: Employment and Job Training Programs, and Youth Labor Force Indicators in the Context of COVID-19.

Resource: Broadband Access Landscape

Information about available streams of funding for human services providers, educational institutions, and individuals and families to access broadband and devices, compiled in response to the pressing need for connectivity and internet access in these times.

Resources to Support Youth and Families During the Coronavirus COVID-19 Outbreak

These can be difficult times for young people and those who work with them. Learn more about the respiratory illness coronavirus COVID-19 here. Below are resources on topics affecting youth and how supportive adults can help. Click on the arrows to find resources on each topic.

Resources by Topic

Child Care

Wanted: Internships for Youth

Many young people have had their summer internship plans canceled by the pandemic. The YE4C team is collecting a listing of paid and unpaid internships to help teens and young adults ages 16-24 build their skills during this time. Share internship opportunities for the YE4C website.

Worcester Youth Development and Professional Leadership Symposium

The WYDPLS started in 2016 as an effort to improve coordination and access to professional development opportunities aimed at improving the youth work force. In its third year of operation, its signature effort is an annual summer training program for youth ages 14-21 who are staffing Recreation Worcester summer programming and youth who are being placed in summer jobs across the city, some of which are in youth programs.

Share with Youth: Education and Career Pathways Toolkit

This new toolkit is a collection of resources curated by youth for youth to help with one of the biggest decisions young people face. Find resources on career & education paths, paying for school, career planning, and more.

New Toolkit on Education & Careers for Youth on YE4C

This new toolkit is a collection of curated resources developed by youth for youth. Find resources on career & education paths, paying for school, career planning, and more.

Summer and Youth Employment Resources

Download the resource list (PDF, 4 pages).

Online Communities & Resources

  • Sponsored by the Employment and Training Administration of the U.S. Department of Labor, WorkforceGPS provides workforce professionals, educators, and business leaders curated communities of interest, useful training resources, promising practices, and evidenced-based research.
  • Summer Jobs Community of Practice provides a space to share promising practices and knowledge and expertise about summer programming.
  • Youth Connections Community of Practice is an online learning destination for public workforce system staff and partners who connect youth to employment, training, and educational opportunities.

Finding Resources for Youth

  • Map My Community Tool on youth.gov helps locate Federally-funded youth programs in a designated area by ZIP code search.
  • Skills to Pay the Bills: Mastering Soft Skills for Workplace Success is a curriculum developed by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability and Employment Policy focused on teaching "soft" or workforce readiness skills to youth, including youth with disabilities.
  • Museums for All was launched in 2014 as a cooperative initiative between Institute for Museums and Library Services (IMLS) and the Association of Children's Museums, as a way to reach out to underserved communities and encourage all families to visit museums regularly. The program allows individuals with an EBT card free or reduced (up to $3.00) admission for up to four persons per cardholder during normal operating hours.

Finding Employment Opportunities

  • GetMyFuture.org connects young adults to career, education, and job search resources sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration.

Protecting Young Employees

Recruiting & Engaging Young Workers

  • Youth Resources on Engagement provides lists of technical assistance resources to help state and local workforce leaders, youth program practitioners, stakeholders and partners get prepared to successfully implement a high-quality summer youth employment programs.

Resources on Work Experiences, Leadership, & Training

Financial Literacy

Summer Meals

Listening Session: What Big Decisions are Youth Facing Today?

Twenty-one young people shared the important decisions in their lives, including the people who support them and resources they use to make decisions.