The Youth Job Center’s (YJC) primary goal is to provide youth aged 14-18 with the necessary skills for successful employment. YJC’s evidence-based curriculum gives teens the opportunity to learn and practice key pre-employment skills over four 2-hour sessions. A blend of traditional classroom and activity-based exercises are used to accommodate all learning styles and skill levels. Sessions cover topics such as how to fill out a job application, interview preparation, communication, and financial literacy skills.

After training, teens receive one-to-one job placement assistance from YJC staff to help them identify job opportunities matching their skills and career interests. Experiential learning activities such as job shadows, informational interviews, or company tours are also offered, to give teens the opportunity to explore various jobs and career paths. For youth who successfully secure employment, YJC staff can provide employment counseling and mentoring support for up to 12 weeks.

 

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The Madison Street Team (MST) is a summer employment program providing at-risk youth, aged 14-15, the opportunity to work in a safe and stable work setting with supportive and committed supervisors. Before beginning their work, youth receive several hours of employment readiness training focused on team-building and developing a positive work ethic and leadership skills. The teams work in targeted neighborhoods throughout Madison and focus on projects that help build stronger and more resilient communities.

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The Teens Like Us Program's (TLU) main goal is to provide support and education for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer youth ages 13-18. Founded over 20 years ago, TLU provides a safe place for youth to meet with their peers. The group also serves youth questioning their sexuality as well as youth from LGBT- headed families. 

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