Eckerd Workforce Development’s Youth Program helps prepare young adults, ages 16 to 24, for college or a career. This program provides career pathways, credential attainment, and supportive services to young adults who may face barriers to employment. Through local partnerships, participants gain hands-on work experience. They also develop academic, career, and life skills that lead to lifelong success. Topics include vocational skills, financial self-sufficiency, and self-esteem.
Eckerd Workforce Development is a national program that aligns with the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and its 14 Key Elements. Program participants are comprehensively assessed to identify their individual skills, abilities, interests, and employment goals. Each participant is exposed to educational services and training that will increase their skill sets for today’s competitive labor market.
- Job readiness training
- GED and high school diploma assistance
- National certifications
- Supportive services
- Paid work experience (available in most locations)
- Leadership and soft skills training
This program is designed for youth ages 16 to 24, with age requirements varying by location. Preference will be given to youth not attending school. Additionally, to qualify youth must be able to identify with one of the following barriers to employment:
- Deficient literacy skills
- No high school diploma or GED
- Homeless, runaway, or foster child
- Pregnant or parenting young adult
- Involvement with the Juvenile Justice System
- Have a disability
- Lack necessary work readiness skills
Eckerd Workforce Development’s Youth Program is offered in many states across the country. If you or your child are between the ages of 16 and 24 and believe you might qualify for our free services, please complete our Online Application.