Safe housing is an essential first step to gaining stability, but education and employment are essential to maintaining that stability over time. YouthCare’s paid employment programs offer young people transformative ways to build skills and confidence to explore a career and gain long-term employment. This includes a range of options—from programs focused on job-readiness to internships and employment in the local economy.


YouthCare’s pre-employment programs help young people learn soft skills and take attainable first steps toward longer-term employment. The programs are easy for young people to join and offer core skills to succeed in the workplace: interviewing, resume-writing, teamwork, time management, problem-solving, and working through conflict. Each program instills confidence in young people and creates a pathway to additional training or a first job in the community.

Sector-based Training

YouthCare’s sector-based training programs focus on building specific skills and expertise. YouthCare currently offers two programs focused on the construction and customer service sectors. These extended programs include more rigorous curriculum and training expectations. Upon completion, each cohort hosts a graduation ceremony where the young people celebrate their progress and successes. YouthCare’s staff continue to work with graduates as they secure employment in their respective sectors or explore further educational and career pathways.

Internships & Employer Engagement

YouthCare’s internship and employer engagement programs offer young people immediate employment in our local economy where they can explore their interests while gaining essential on-the-job experience. YouthCare supports employers across the region who are interested in hiring young people experiencing homelessness. Our staff prepare young people for interviews and match them with businesses so they can begin employment immediately.

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