The federal government, including the Department of Labor, sponsors a wide variety of job training and job placement assistance programs for America's youth. Here are just a few of the opportunities available to them. The Department's Employment and Training Administration (ETA) is the primary agency responsible for such programs.
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Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) Resources for Youth
ODEP's focus on youth policy is aimed at improving transition outcomes of youth and young adults with disabilities toward successful employment and adulthood.
Career Information for Kids from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)
Gives information about different careers and their educational requirements. Written for a youth audience.
Occupational Outlook Handbook
A nationally recognized source of career information, designed to provide valuable assistance to individuals making decisions about their future work lives. Revised every two years, the Handbook describes what workers do on the job, working conditions, the training and education needed, earnings, and expected job prospects in a wide range of occupations.
Youth Programs of the Employment & Training Administration
Explore these pages and links for up-to-date information about the Department's youth programs, legislation and regulations, and other information working to positively impact our nation's youth.
- Youth Opportunity Grant Program
Part of an effort to provide services to youth, ages 14-21, living in high poverty areas. Funds are used to increase the employment rate, high school graduation rate, and college enrollment rate in six Native American, six rural, and 24 urban communities.
- Youth Formula-Funded Grant Programs
The Workforce Investment Act of 1988 (WIA) provides funds to state and local areas to provide comprehensive services to eligible youth, ages 14-21, in local communities. Services include tutoring, study skills training, summer employment opportunities, and paid and unpaid work experiences.
Job Corps is the nation's largest and most comprehensive residential education and job training program for at-risk youth.
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The Corporation for National Service is the domestic version of the Peace Corps, in which citizens volunteer for one year tutoring at-risk youth, building housing, helping senior citizens live independently, and other activities.