Many communities have
special government, private sector, or non-profit youth job training programs.
These opportunities can help you get started in actual programs that interest
America's Job Bank
network linking the 2,000 state Employment Service offices across the
nation, providing job seekers with a vast pool of active job opportunities.
Openings represent all types of work, although most are in the private
sector and are full time. Search for jobs, create and submit a résumé
to the system, and conduct and save customized job searches. http://www.ajb.org
Also links to:
Allows visitors to search for classroom courses, distance learning opportunities,
web-and computer-based training, educational programs, apprenticeship
programs, conference workshops, and seminars and for the providers that
offer them. Has four different searchable databases. http://www.alx.org
Provides information including job market trends and wage figures, helping
prospective job searchers to make better, more informed career decisions.
Job Corps is the nation's largest and most comprehensive residential
education and job training program for at-risk youth, ages 16 through 24.
Students who are admitted receive their training (academic, vocational, and
social skills) at a selected Job Corps center. With good performance, they
can also receive advanced training.
To apply for Job Corps or receive answers about eligibility or benefits, you
can contact Job Corps toll-free by calling: (800)733-JOBS [(800)733-5627]
The National Youth Employment Coalition, along with the U.S. Department
of Labor and several private foundations, have put together the "Promising
and Effective Practices Network" (PEPNet). PEPNet recognizes organizations
which are particularly excellent at youth employment and training (especially
for economically disadvantaged youth). There are currently 43 recognized outstanding
programs from around the U.S. in PEPNet.
US Department of Labor
This department oversees job training for many people, including youth and
the economically disadvantaged. Training is afforded through grants to states
for local training and employment programs. Program services include an assessment
of an unemployed individual's needs and abilities and a services such as classroom
training, on-the-job training, job-search assistance, work experience, counseling,
basic skills training, and support services. For more information:
Office of Employment and Training Programs
Rm. N4469 U.S. Department of Labor
200 Constitution Ave, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20210
The Labor Department's Office
of Education and Training Administration lists many youth job training programs
youth and community development program and an alternative school. YouthBuild
offers job training, education, counseling, and leadership development opportunities
to unemployed and out-of-school young adults, ages 16-24, through the construction
and rehabilitation of affordable housing in their own communities.
58 Day Street, P.O. Box 440322, Somerville, MA 02144
phone: 617-623-9900; fax: 617-623-4331
YouthBuild USA West Coast Regional Office
1755 Broadway, Suite 504, Oakland, CA 94612
phone: 510-663-4600; fax: 510-663-4610
You can also call state
government listings in the telephone directory under such names as Employment
and Training, Human Resources, Employment Service, Job Service, or Employment
Additionally, you can
explore internships or apprenticeships in the fields you find interesting
or see if your area has a "Private Industry Council."