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JumpStart Success (JSS), YouthWorks’ signature career exploration and job readiness training curriculum is at the center of each of our programs. JSS is aligned with the PA Academic Standards for Career Education and Work, which ensures that our region’s youth are equipped with the core competencies associated with entry-level positions as well as the tools to navigate their individualized career plans. YouthWorks sells JSS to other nonprofit organizations, schools, and government entities throughout the nation.

HIRE Me is an afterschool program that prepares high school students for the world of work. HIRE Me meets once a week during the school year and focuses on five critical areas of career development, including: work readiness training, career exploration, career mentoring, certification attainment; and service learning. During the program, participants complete JSS; learn from local experts about the region’s high growth industries; attend a Job Tour and Job Shadow experience; participate in a career mentoring program; and engaged 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. Worksite supervisors complete mid- and final evaluations on youths’ performance, providing tangible feedback for participants about how well they implemented the tools and soft skills they learned during JSS training.

RISE (Re-entry through Industy Specific Education) Hands on vocational education integrated with academics, life skills, and work readiness training, service learning, job shadowing and internships for youth ages 17-21. This program utilizes the award-winning curriculum that is structured to be competency-based. Participants will obtain a Home Builders Institute (HBI) Pre-Apprenticeship Certification Training Certificate (PACT) as well as a Youth Policy Council Work-Ready Certificate and be eligible to take the apprenticeship test upon completion of the program which allows them to work at wages above minimum wage when entering the workforce.