Resources for Career & Work Education

YouthWorks is committed to educators, nonprofits and community-based organizations by supporting their efforts to help develop work-readiness, career exploration and post-graduation plans for youth and teens. Whether you are a principal, teacher, guidance counselor or administrator, we understand the challenges you are facing—your students need to be prepared for life after high school. We have a curriculum, activities and resources to help develop a post-graduation plan for teenagers and youth. And with JumpStart Success, our career exploration and work-readiness curriculum, they will prepare for this next phase of life after high school with a step-by-step personal career development plan for youth that includes hands-on activities. You can enhance your career and work education programs for your students by utilizing a number of effective YouthWorks services including: JumpStart Success (JSS), YouthWorks’ signature career exploration and job readiness training curriculum ensures that our region’s youth are prepared for entry-level jobs and have an individualized career plan. Group Home Trainings offer youth currently involved in the foster care system an introduction to JumpStart Success to begin preparing them for the world of work. HIRE Me is an after-school program that prepares high school students for the world of work. Participants complete JumpStart Success, attend a job tour and job shadow experience. Students also participate in career mentoring and engage in a service-learning project. HIRE (Hiring Initiative to Ready future Employees) is the capstone experience for YouthWorks’ participants, connecting them with quality internship and employment opportunities within corporate, government and nonprofit organizations.

  • - a proven curriculum to teach work-readiness and career exploration

  • - a monthly e-newsletter with short articles on professional development, career exploration, and upcoming trainings, events and resources on youth workforce development.

  • - career exploration activities to help youth gain real-world, hands-on experience in career paths of interest

  • Pathfinders Youth Workforce Development Conference - annual conference for professional development to learn from leaders in the field of youth workforce development. ACT 48 credits available.

  • Cool Hot Jobs Speaker Series

    YouthWorks brings in professionals from in-demand careers in southwestern Pennsylvania to help you see the great opportunities that await you if you prepare. You'll learn about salaries and educational preparation for a wide range of jobs in the following "high-growth industries":
    -Business & Finance
    -Building & Construction
    -Energy
    -Health & Human Services
    -Manufacturing
    -Professional & Technical Services
    -Retail

  • Job Shadows & Job Tours

    YouthWorks arranges in-depth visits to job sites so you can see first-hand what a day might be like at your dream career. Learn from professionals in the field and see if you could see yourself in that career. Our Job Shadow program will take place the week of Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board's Imagine Career Week.

  • Career Mentoring

    YouthWorks' own curriculum was created and piloted in 2012 which is modeled after our signature career exploration and job readiness curriculum, JumpStart Success which covers the following topics: Career and Academic Planning, Resume Building and Professionalism, and Career Exploration.

YouthWorks also offers resources to other youth development practitioners to enhance the work readiness components of their youth programming, including career exploration activities, career mentoring curriculum and leadership development opportunities.

Additional resources and links to strategic partners that may be of help include: