Assistance for Youth
PA CareerLink® Bucks County Assistance to Youth
The Workforce and Economic Development Department offers two programs to youth in Bucks County through PA CareerLink®. Both programs are grant funded to provide career exploration, workplace readiness skills, post-graduation opportunities, industry recognized certifications and credentials.
Youth Workforce Centers (Ages 16 to 24)
The Youth Workforce Centers (YWCs) offer free High School Equivalency (GED or HiSET) instruction and Employment Services for Bucks County Youth ages 16 to 24. Youth who already have a high school diploma or equivalency may qualify for Employment Services.
The YWCs are located at the two locations of the PA CareerLink® Bucks County in Bristol and Perkasie. Currently, the YWCs are offering all services virtually. Programming is open enrollment, so youth may join at any time. Services are offered year-round, Monday through Friday.
We are also meeting in-person by appointment only.
Fees related to studying for and attaining a high school equivalency (GED or HiSET) are covered for all enrolled participants, including texts, online resources, study materials, and testing fees.
For additional program information contact Ms. Amanda Masullo
- Click here for our May 6, 2021 Youth Workforce Center Newsletter
- Youth Workforce Center Registration and Additional Information
Employment Services Available
- Funding for occupational skills training
- Opportunity to gain nationally-recognized certifications
- Placement in paid work opportunities/internships
- Resume, cover letter, and interview preparation
- Tools and tips about the employability skills needed to enhance career opportunities
Other Benefits of Enrollment
- Comprehensive guidance and counseling while enrolled and for a year during follow up
- Incentives such as gift cards for benchmark achievements
- Transportation to YWCs (when not virtual)
In School Youth Program (High School Juniors & Seniors)
Whether that path is the military, furthering their education, or jumping directly into the workforce, the ISY program will equip the participants with the necessary skills to aid them in achieving success.
From the beginning, students are made aware of skill sets that they already possess. They also learn about their personality traits and how they associate with various career paths through such vehicles as The Holland Code.
- Explore various employment search engines
- Participate in an online virtual mock-interview
- Researching average salary, work conditions, necessary education/certificates, etc.
- Selecting a particular occupation that matches their personality traits and interests
- Write a cover letter and resume for said job
- Write a Thank You letter following the interview
From that point, the student explores, in detail, the pros and cons of social media. Then they create a LinkedIn account and begin their experience in networking.
Throughout the semester, students are introduced to various career and motivational speakers. Recruiters from the armed services, polices officers, science, and medical experts, financial aid, college counselors, and more are brought in the virtual classroom to inform students of careers in these areas. Students are also taken on virtual tours of local manufacturers to educate them in a world of manufacturing that may well be different than their grandfather's or even father's.
Certificates Available Through Program
- First Aid/CPR, AED, and Narcan training
- National Incident Management System (NIMS)
- OSHA 10
For additional program information contact Ms. Eunice Rush-Day