Just-A-Start’s TeenWork program (the consolidation of Career Connection, TeenWork, and Summer Youth Enrichment Program) serves over 200 under-resourced youth annually, providing year-round support to low-income Cambridge high school youth by offering academic enrichment and career development services to teens who need additional support, paid summer jobs, supplemental summer education, and career services.
Youth can enter the program during the summer or during the school year, working one-on-one using a career counseling approach to discuss their academic and career goals and next steps. Based on their needs, youth receive customized services including: help preparing for college or exploring college options; job readiness workshops, where they learn how to apply for a job, develop a resume, interview, and are introduced to work maturity soft skills; and field trips to increase awareness for career and post-secondary education options. During the summer, most participants are also engaged in community service, through beautification and construction projects that benefit public housing residents and the City of Cambridge, as well as internship placements with a variety of partner non-profit organizations.
For more information, please contact Tom Rodriguez (ThomasRodriguez@justastart.org) or Tori Perrakis (VictoriaPerrakis@justastart.org).