Services for Youth

HiSET Practice Information & Exams

The HiSET Program serves youth who have officially withdrawn from high school and are between the ages of 16-24.  Please click the link below for information on enrollment.   HiSET Program

Click here for HiSET practice question help covering many of the HiSET topics with interactive practice questions and free video reviews.

Click here to cover some critical information about the HiSET and also some free HiSET practice questions.


Work Readiness for Youth

Are you a youth ages 16-24, who needs help with job applications, resume writing, interviewing and other work readiness skills? Sign up for the Work Readiness Certificate program! It’s FREE and if you complete Session I and Session II, you will earn a certificate that you can use when applying for jobs. Sessions will be held at BerkshireWorks Career Center, 160 North Street, 3rd Floor, Pittsfield, MA.

SPACE IS LIMITED. Please contact Kelly Groves at 413-499-2220 ext. 145 or [email protected] to register.  Please see the link for more details on Work Readiness.  Work Readiness


Youth Works Year Round Program

Application process and group enrollment interview.

Out of School Youth (June HS Graduate, College student, HS Drop-out, or youth Enrolled in (HiSET) Program)

Ages 17 to 21

120 hours of work experience, 20 hours of training = 140 hours

Must be a Pittsfield Resident

Must be income eligible, receive Food Stamps, or free or reduced school lunch

Contact Kelly Groves for specific program details, at 499-2220 Ext. 145


Youth Works Summer Program

Youth Summer Employment

This program is for Pittsfield Youth residents

MUST have a parent/guardian sign permission forms if under 18 years old- 

Youth under the age of 18 need to obtain a Massachusetts Work Permit, with parent signature

Eligibility: High School Diploma or Equivalent or youth who have officially withdrawn from the public schools

Income Eligibility: Youth must be determined income eligible following the poverty guidelines. Youth works staff will help participants calculate their family income level. Documents need to be provided.

Documents: Proof of address, photo id, proof of income, physical, copy of social security card, letter of recommendation, and proof of barrier if the youth has one. (Disability, Poor Academics, Child living in a single parent home, Foster child, Homeless, Pregnant or Parenting, Court involved)

Will be accepting applications now, however, intakes will begin in April/May 2017.  Program dates to be determined.  

Please see links for Internship Flyer and 2017 Youth Works Youth Participant Application.

Location TBT

Contact Kelly Groves for specific program details, at 499-2220 Ext. 145; [email protected]

BerkshireWorks offers youth ages 14-24 a wide range of services and resources including:

  • Develop educational plan and provide case management
  • Employment and career counseling
  • High School Equivalency Test (formerly called the GED)
  • Textbooks and workbooks
  • Paid testing fees (HiSet test and retest, and FAFSA ), and other support services
  • Young Parents Program ages 16-24, for out of school youth referred by the Department of Transitional Assistance
  • Paid and unpaid internships, work experiences, or volunteer opportunities
  • Summer and year-round employment opportunities
  • Aptitude and interest surveys and assessments
  • Work Readiness training
  • Job fairs and local job listings, including our newly updated Virtual Job Fair for Youth

Eligibility requirements may apply. For more information, contact Kelly Groves at (413) 499-2220, ext. 145,  [email protected].

Additional adult basic education services are available through the Adult Learning Center, or the BCC Adult Learning Program, and Northern Berkshire Adult Basic Education Program.


Additional Resources

Project ReConnect – offering mentoring, drop out prevention, and more.

YouthWorks – the summer youth employment program.

Berkshire County Regional Employment Board Youth Council and youth opportunities

How to apply for a youth work permit  (All teens under 18 years of age must complete a work permit application and obtain a work permit before starting a new job.)

Youth employment overview

Selective Service Requirements.  (All men are required to register within 30 days of their 18th birthday.)

Job Corps

Job Interview Tips for Teens