Many young people today are unsure of their career path and struggle finding jobs that match their strengths. Some are not interested in college and prefer to start their career after high school. Others are interested in college but don’t know how to prepare themselves for academia.
Worcester Youth and Family Counseling Services (WYFCS) helps young people between the ages of 18 and 24 who are unemployed, underemployed and not enrolled in school. Also included in this population are those under the age of 25 that lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence. Sometimes this may be referred to as ‘couch-surfing’, but it also includes those living in motels, hotels, camping grounds, emergency transitional shelters, cars, parks or other unsafe places.
Qualifying candidates meet one-on-one with program staff to discuss their interests and explore potential job opportunities. Nationally recognized employment assessment tools will help identify personal strengths, career interests, training opportunities and potential barriers. Based on the assessment, candidates may obtain employment, seek additional training or become a job apprentice. If additional supports are necessary to maintain training or employment, those services will be pursued as well.
Candidates must be 18—24 years old and live in Worcester County. If you are not working and not in school, you are the perfect candidate. If you are underemployed and unable to support yourself, you are also a viable candidate for the program.
Employment & Training Opportunities
• Commercial Driving
• Nursing Assistant
• Construction Services
• And more!
Job Readiness Training
• Resume Writing
• Mock Job Interviews
• Household Budgeting
• Support Services
• Financial Management
• Business Communication
• Social Growth
You are not alone searching for job opportunities. Nationally there are 5.8 million young people who are not in school and not working. In Maryland, there are approximately 85,000 young people unsure about their future and career path. Worcester, Washington, Dorchester, and Caroline Counties along with Baltimore City have the highest number of young people in need of employment opportunities.
Research indicates successful programs will pursue multiple pathways that combine training, work experience and social support strategies.