The goal of our youth programs is to prepare young people living in poverty or facing substantial barriers for productive lives by training them to be job ready and assisting with their educational and career paths.
We provide the expert guidance, support and resources youth need to become self-sufficient through job readiness training, unpaid as well as subsidized internships, work experience opportunities, plus job search and placement assistance.
Rasika’s journey included her being uprooted 13 times. Her family experienced homelessness. She eventually dropped out of school to take care of her siblings. Pursuing a brighter future, Rasika became an intern in JVS SoCal’s Youth Services Department, and today she is Youth Career Coach at our West LA WorkSource/AJCC. She is studying at Santa Monica College and will be the first in her family with a college degree.
WIOA Youth Programs
Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA) program serves out-of-school youth ages 17 to 24 in Los Angeles County. Participants receive an array of services, from job readiness workshops to college and career exploration, and on-the-job training opportunities in the local community.
Youth at Work
Through WIOA and the Youth Employment Program, eligible youth, ages 14 to 24 in Los Angeles County can gain valuable work experience and learn valuable life skills while earning an income.
Santa Monica Community
Operating within the City of Santa Monica and targeted area high schools, this program provides career planning services, job search assistance and work experience to opportunity youth ages 16 to 24. SMCYP assists youth to overcome barriers to employment and reach educational goals through internships and intensive coaching and case management.