Services for Youth
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Work Readiness for Youth
Are you a youth 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.
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- These can be collected at orientation
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Eligibility: High School Diploma or Equivalent or youth who have officially withdrawn from the public schools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)
Program Dates: Will be accepting application in April 2017. Program dates to be determined
Total of 10 Hours of PAID training.
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].
Project ReConnect – offering mentoring, drop out prevention, and more.
YouthWorks – the summer youth employment program.
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.)
Selective Service Requirements. (All men are required to register within 30 days of their 18th birthday.)