For teens, early work experiences play a significant role in their transition to adulthood, by building their sense of self-esteem and independence; allowing them to contribute to their household income and introducing them to both experiences and role models that may shape the way they think about their futures.

By introducing young people to a profession, employers can begin the process of educating the next wave of workers in their industry. The result can be a workplace with increased morale and a greater diversity of skills, perspectives and backgrounds.

Here is a brief video from the Career Point program in Holyoke that depicts the benefits of hiring youth:

Ways You Can Help

Provide a short presentation to a classroom or student group.

Time Commitment: Less than an hour

Help teens hone their interview skills

Time Commitment:  Under three hours

Provide a tour, informational interview and sample work duties

Time Commitment: Under four hours plus lunch

Show off your place of business and give insights to the many types of  jobs available there

Time Commitment: Under four hours

Inform teens on the details surrounding your occupation and work duties

Time Commitment: Under four hours

Participate in a job fair that targets young adults

Time Commitment: Under four hours

Provide a structured summer employment opportunity for a local teen at a local non-profit

Commitment: Roughly $1,500

Provide a temporary work-and-learning opportunity for a local teen

Time Commitment: Your time to train and mentor

Interested in sponsoring a work experience for a young person?

Please contact:

India Gerald – Manager of Youth Services
MassHire South Shore Workforce Board
Email: igerald@masshiresouthshorewb.com

15 Cottage Avenue Suite 302
Quincy, MA 02169
(617) 934-4854