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.

  • May 23rd and 25th
  • June 13th and 15th 


Youth Works Year Round Program

Application process and group enrollment interview.

Out of School Youth (June 2015 HS Graduate, College student, HS Drop-out, or youth Enrolled in (HiSET) Program)

Ages 17 to 21

Provides 120 hours of paid training and work experience (Work Readiness, Workplace Safety and Internship)

Must be a Pittsfield Resident

Must be income eligible, receive Food Stamps, or free or reduced school lunch (In the 2015 school year if a June graduate)

March 14th – April 22nd

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

Youth Works Summer Program

Youth Summer Employment – $10/hour


This program is for Pittsfield residence between the ages of 16-21

MUST have a parent/guardian sign permission forms if under 18 years old- These can be collected at orientation

16+17 year old youth 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 Eligibility: High School Diploma or Equivalent or youth who have officially withdrawn from the public schools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 2016 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)

Orientation Dates- Approximately 1 hour long

No Appointment needed – Arrive 5-10 minutes early!

April 26th @ 2:30

April 28th @ 2:30

May 3rd @ 2:30

May 4th @ 3:00

May 10th @ 3:00

May 12th @ 10:00 a.m.

May 18th @ 2:00

May 20th @ 3:00

May 26th @ 2:00 LAST DAY TO REGISTER

 Program Dates:

The Youth Works program will provide 140 hours of paid program services which include mandatory Work Readiness and Workplace Safety training (15 hours) and work placement (125 hours) to eligible Pittsfield youth.

Youth will be paid $10 an hour.

  • July 11th- July 15th: Work Readiness & Workplace Safety Training

Total of 10 Hours of PAID training.

Location TBT

July 18th  Youth start working

  • July 29th: ALL youth re-convene for Work Readiness check-in and financial literacy training.

2.5 Hours of PAID training.

  • August 19th: ALL youth re-convene for Work Readiness closure and final completion of curriculum.

2.5 Hours of PAID training.

 SAVE THE DATE August 26th Youth Works Celebration at City Hall

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

BerkshireWorks offers youth ages 14-21 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 16-21, 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