The U.S. Department of Labor is responsible for the enforcement of child labor laws and supporting safe and quality workforce development programs that lead to in-demand career pathways and livable wages for all young workers of diverse backgrounds.

If you are a young person looking for opportunities; working to connect a young person to the workforce; or would like to know more about the Department's support of youth employment and young workers these resources may be useful to you.

DOL also launched a Youth Employment Works Strategy to help ensure there is a "no wrong door" approach for young people to access good jobs and opportunities. You can watch the Youth Employment Works Summit, respond to the national Call to Action to learn more about the full strategy, and read the Employment and Training Administration's Priorities for Youth Workforce Development.

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Explore Careers and Find a Job

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Laws Protecting Young Workers

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Programs for Young Workers

  • Apprenticeship - Explore apprenticeship programs for youth between the ages of 16-24
  • Job Corps - A residential education and job training program for young people in need of supports
  • Reentry Employment Opportunities – Workforce programs for young people with justice system involvement
  • WIOA Youth Formula Program - Learn about how the Department supports state and local formula-funded programs serving young people ages 14-24
  • YouthBuild - Programs for at-risk youth ages 16-24 that help them earn a high school diploma while preparing them for quality jobs
  • Youth with Disabilities - Learn more about the Office of Disability Employment Policy’s focus on improving transition outcomes of young people with disabilities
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Youth Labor Statistics

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More Resources

For information and technical assistance, visit:

  • - Join the Youth Build, Youth Connections, Job Corps and Apprenticeship communities through Workforce GPS to access information, resources and connect with peers to share knowledge and expertise in serving youth and young workers
  • – website provides youth-related information and resources
  • Jobs Accommodations Network – Resource that provides free, expert, and confidential guidance on workplace accommodations and disability employment
  • Grants – Learn about current and past DOL program funding opportunities