The Summer Youth Corps, funded by a partnership between the City of Worcester and the Worcester Community Action Council, is a new opportunity for young people in Worcester to gain work experience by working closely with a variety of departments in city government.
This summer, 16 Worcester youths from low-income families will gain work experience and a paycheck by working in the City of Worcester's Human Resources Office, Department of Inspectional Services, Worcester Public Library and the Division of Public Health.
The program will be run as part of WCAC's YouthWorks summer jobs program, which offers low-income youth ages 14-21 a chance to work in local for-profit, non-profit and public sector jobs. The City and the YouthWorks Program are funding eight positions each for the summer.
This year, approximately 300 youth will participate in YouthWorks. Participants work for 20 hours per week and receive 15 hours of work readiness training and career guidance planning as well as mentoring and support throughout the program from their work site supervisors and WCAC staff.