Offered at the Boys & Girls Club of Plymouth again this summer and sponsored by the Workforce Investment Board of Quincy and CommCorp the program is offered under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act through the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
YouthWorks is a state funded youth employment program for teens and young adults aged 14 to 21 living in low-income communities across Massachusetts.
YouthWorks increases the employment of teens through partnerships that prepare, coach, and support teens in job search and job success.
During the summer, participants work up to 25 hours per week at public, private, and nonprofit worksites. Participants also take part in job-readiness workshops to help them acclimate to their jobs. In many cases, a YouthWorks placement serves as a young person’s first job.
In Summer 2014 the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) was signed into law. WIOA is designed to help job seekers access employment, education, training, and other support services to succeed in the workforce and to connect employers with the skilled workers they need to compete in today’s economy.
WIOA encourages greater collaboration among employers, high schools and community colleges, and workforce organizations to ensure education and training activities are aligned with regional labor market needs.
Commonwealth Corporation and the Boys & Girls Club of Plymouth are committed to advancing the entire field of workforce development through the sharing of best practices.