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  • Youth Workforce Development Programs

    Agency: Community Action Pioneer Valley

    Community Action's Youth Employment Readiness Programs help prepare youth to enter the workforce through skill-building, education, and individual employment support.

    The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) provides individualized support to help youth achieve their education and work goals. In addition to one-on-one career development and goal setting, youth receive job-readiness training, occupational training opportunities and paid work-based learning experiences. Interested youth, ages 17-24, should contact our office to discuss their eligibility.

    The Leadership Employment and Advocacy Development (LEAD) program provides employment-related services to DYS youth by offering comprehensive employability services including career readiness training and a subsidized employment experience. Youth are prepared to enter into the workforce through career readiness services by participating in subsidized work-based learning opportunities that allow participants to apply skills in work settings.

    Youth Support Services introduces you to our Youth Programs, what they provide and/or how they can support youth. Whether you are struggling with your transition to independence, need help navigating school or career goals, need help looking for jobs, exploring career options, setting future goals, applying for college, accessing housing, mental health or other common resources – the list is endless! Come and have an introductory meeting to find out the abundance of opportunities Youth Programs has to offer or call for an appointment today!

    Parents who are 24 and under and receive TAFDC may be eligible for Youth Program's Young Parent Program. Individuals accepted into this program will receive help with getting childcare vouchers, connections to playgroups and parenting support, HiSET preparation and tutoring, job-readiness training and career exploration, among other things. Contact our office to schedule an intake appointment, start weekly meetings, and plan activities to meet your hours.

    In the Northampton YouthWorks Program, youth ages 15-21 have the opportunity to engage in paid work-readiness training and internships while gaining real-world experience, job skills and access to growing career paths. Participants with an interest in IT careers are strongly encouraged to apply. See our website for details.

    • North Quabbin Office (Orange)
      Information & Referral: (978) 544-8091
      Fax: Information & Referral: (978) 544-2805
      General Information & Apppointments: (978) 544-8093
      Fax: WIC: (978) 544-2807
      Healthy Families: (978) 544-8205
      All other Programs/Services: (978) 544-8091
      131 W Main Street
      Suite 208,
      Orange, MA 01364

    • 155 Pleasant Street, Unit #1 (Northampton)
      Main Office: (413) 774-2318
      CR&A Information and Referral: (413) 582-4237
      Healthy Families: (413) 387-1270
      Fuel Assistance: (413) 774-2310
      VITA Free Tax Assistance: (413) 376-1136
      155 Pleasant Street
      Unit #1,
      Northampton, MA 01060

    • Youth Programs (Greenfield)
      Fax: (413) 774-7565
      Business Line: (413) 774-7028
      154 Federal Street
      Greenfield, MA 01301

    Agency: Community Action Pioneer Valley

    Languages Offered: Enrollment assistance available in Spanish; all programming conducted in English.

    Eligibility: Youth ages 14-24; some programs have additional eligibility requirements.

    Area(s) Served:
    • Athol, Worcester County
    • Petersham, Worcester County
    • Phillipston, Worcester County
    • Royalston, Worcester County
    • Hampshire County
    • Franklin County

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