Career Connection is a year-round program designed to improve school performance, attendance, and retention, and prepare Cambridge youth, ages 14 to 21, for successful futures through attainment of a high school diploma and placement in post-secondary education and/or employment. Career Connection provides youth, identified by the Cambridge School system as being at-risk, with academic support, pre-employment/work maturity skills building, leadership development, and summer activities that combine work with academic remediation and skills development. Career Connection also provides strong support and advocacy through counseling, mentoring, placement, and follow-up services to support retention in post-graduation placement. Graduates often return to the program in the summer as Junior Staff and peer models to current participants.
Summer Youth Enrichment Program
The Summer Youth Enrichment Program is a paid work experience and enrichment program for Cambridge youth that operates for six weeks in July and August. Youth spend half their time in academic enrichment and life skills courses, and half their time working with housing/rehabilitation/beautification crews providing community services to the City of Cambridge. The Summer Youth Enrichment Program’s goals are three-fold: 1) supplement school-year academic learning and prevent summer learning loss, 2) prepare youth for employment through early work experience, and 3) promote future community involvement.
TeenWork provides job readiness training, job placement with employer partners, and supportive counseling to Cambridge public high school students and recent graduates, allowing them to gain work experience and develop their resumes. JAS staff work with youth to secure jobs during the summer and after school. To participate in TeenWork, students must maintain a grade average of 60% or better and an acceptable attendance/tardiness record.
For more information contact Valerie Hammond, Youth Programs Career Coach, at ValerieHammond@justastart.org or 617-918-7538.