Providing employment services to people 14-24

 
If you answer “yes” to any of these questions, our Youth Services could offer help!
  • Have you dropped out of school?
  • Are you having a hard time getting or keeping a job?
  • Do you need help filling out applications or doing a résumé?
  • Do you have an employment goal?
  • Do you need help in connecting to resources in the community?
  • Do you need help in checking out higher education options?
  • Are you looking for a job while completing your schooling?

 

Contact a Youth Employment Counselor at the CareerCenter most convenient for you

  • Lewiston

    Lewiston CareerCenter
    5 Mollison Way
    Lewiston, ME 04240
    207-753-9011

  • Augusta

    21 Enterprise Drive
    Augusta, ME 04333
    207-624-5120

  • Rumford

    60 Lowell Street
    Rumford, ME 04276-2096
    207-364-3738

  • Skowhegan

    98 North Avenue-Suite 20
    Skowhegan, ME 04976
    207-474-4950

  • South Paris

    232 Main Street
    South Paris, ME 04281
    207-743-7763

  • Wilton

    865 US Route 2 & 4
    Wilton, ME 04294
    207-645-5800

 

The CareerCenter will work with all available public and private resources to build a comprehensive, collaborative system of services.

Some of the key elements include:

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Tutorial and Study Skills Training: Offered to encourage youth to complete their secondary education and pursue post-secondary educational opportunities.

Alternative Secondary School Services: Through continued strong linkages with the Department of Education and local school systems, placement in alternative school programs is a key for youth who have not responded to traditional school settings.  In Maine there are many different settings for alternative education, and the quality and flexibility of local schools systems that offer the best chance for success with each youth participant.

Summer Employment Opportunities that are Directly Linked to Academic and Occupational Learning: Summer employment activities are one part of a larger program.  Summer employment is directly linked to academic and occupational learning.  Because many youth are first introduced to jobs through this component, it continues to be emphasizing work maturity and pre-employment skills.  In addition to summer components, youth are provided work experiences that are either paid or unpaid in the private, public, or non-profit sectors.  Regardless of the type of work experience, all are planned and structured learning experiences.  They are designed to help youth understand the need and relevance of academic skills, gain occupational skills, and know how to find employment and advance.

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Paid and Unpaid Work Experience: Preparation for unsubsidized employment is the primary focus of the youth program.  The focus begins with the objective assessment and will be the ultimate goal of the individual service plans.  Academic, pre-employment, and work maturity services focus on unsubsidized employment as the outcome.

Occupational Skills Training: Programs for both in- and out-of–school youth are designed to integrate components of work-based learning with school-based learning.  This may be done by connecting students with employers and work or by creating community service activities that link academic and occupational skills.

Leadership Development: Youth Programs include leadership development opportunities as part of the menu of activities in the other thirteen program elements.

Support Services: Support services that are necessary for youth to participate and complete program activities successfully will be available through the CareerCenters.

Adult Mentoring during Participation and Afterward: Mentoring opportunities with adults provide consistent support and counsel.  The Local Workforce Investment Board Policies for the Youth Program will ensure citizenship and life skills activities in the program menu.

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Follow-up Services: All youth enrollees receive appropriate follow-up services for at least 12 months following completion of planned activities.

Comprehensive Guidance and Counseling: CareerCenter employment counselors provide ongoing case management for all youth participants.  Youth will be referred to professional guidance and counseling on an as-needed basis.  Personal problems, drug or alcohol abuse, and other problems that will affect success must be addressed as one of the first steps in the comprehensive plan.  Partnerships with local providers of such services will be developed in the local area of service.