Youth Employment Webinar

DOL held a webinar on this topic on May 14. Check out the recording.


The U.S. Department of Labor knows the workforce system is an important partner in supporting the mental health of young people, and that good jobs are a critical component of well-being and security. We are committed to equipping the workforce system with resources and connections to ensure that youth employment programs are a bridge to the wellness services young people need.

Tell us how you are going to support #YouthMentalHealth by submitting a response below. Your story will help us lift up promising and best practices and expand our engagement efforts.

There are many ways our communities can step up to help young people. Here are just a few actions we can take together.

  • Policy Makers

    Policy Makers

    Policy makers can encourage programs and supportive practices in the workplace that help mitigate employment disparities and encourage more young people, including those from underserved communities, to work and contribute to their well-being.

    Policy makers can:

    • Encourage workforce systems to incorporate supports to promote positive mental health.
    • Expand access to mental health benefits generally and culturally responsive mental health care in particular.
    • Expand access to and develop holistic mental health programs in schools to help students access needed health services without facing stigmatization, attain higher education, and enter the workforce.
    • Take steps to align policy, program, and funding infrastructure to increase access to effective service models, such as the Individual Placement and Support (IPS) and customized employment models, to improve employment and education outcomes for youth and young adults with mental health conditions.

    Learn more about how practitioners are implementing these strategies.

    • Policy Framework on Workforce Mental Health issued by the Mental Health Matters: National Task Force on Workforce Mental Health Policy (created by the U.S. Department of Labor’s State Exchange on Employment & Disability (SEED).
  • Employers


    From recruiting to hiring to onboarding to retention to professional development to benefits practices – employers have many opportunities to create an onsite culture that fosters well-being, including for young people.

    Employers can:

    • Know your legal obligations. For example, most employers are required to provide employees with reasonable accommodations and workplace supports, such as adjustments or modifications, to enable people with disabilities, including mental health conditions, to perform job essential functions effectively and efficiently. Similarly, coverage of mental health benefits through employment-based health plans must comply with the federal parity law.
    • Develop and implement anti-bullying and anti-stigma campaigns to build awareness about mental health and improve workplace culture.
    • Federal employers looking to hire college students and recent graduates with disabilities may register for a Workforce Recruitment Program account. Visit and click Employers Register Now to get started.

    Learn more about how practitioners are implementing these strategies.

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Tell us what your community is doing to ensure young people have the resources and opportunities they need to realize their full potential.

Share Your Story

Please respond to the #YouthMentalHealth Call to Action solicitation below. Please share what you are comfortable sharing. Comments received will be reviewed by the Department. While we intend to engage with you on submissions, be aware that information contained in submissions may be made public.

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