Youth Employment Program

With the support of local employer-partners, youth ages 14-24 can gain real-world, paid work experience!

Last year, almost 260 youth were placed with local employer-partners through the assistance of Goodwill® Youth Programs.

We believe that through real world work experience, youth develop their skills that will help them succeed in other job positions. Through a contract and funding with Arizona@Work One-Stop, Pima County the YOUTH EMPLOYMENT program places youth ages 14-24 with local employers during the summer or after school to attend training and gain paid work experience. Our Employer-Partners include Saavi, Tucson Botanical Gardens, Reid Park Zoo, and other local employers.

Participants get PAID for 120 or 300 hours of work experience through the Youth Employment program.

If you are interested in participating, contact:

Faith Flores at 520-623-5174 ext. 7025  |

   or Rizelle Cruz at (520) 623-5174 ext. 7026  |


How to participate in the Youth Employment program:

OUT-OF-SCHOOL YOUTH Qualifications:

  • Must be 16-24 years of age
  • Must be out-of-school and meet Workforce Investment Act (WIA) or Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) criteria, as determined by Pima County during their Intake Process
  • Take the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) at Pima County office

IN-SCHOOL YOUTH Qualifications:

  • Must be 14-21 years of age
  • Student enrolled in school (high school, college)

Youth Enrollment Process:

  • Call Faith Flores, 520-623-5174 x7025
  • Finish two hour pre-screening at Goodwill®
  • Finish two hour Orientation at Goodwill®
  • Complete the Employability Skills training at Goodwill®
  • Complete an application online  HERE!

Work Requirements for Successful Completion

  • Work required hours at the minimum wage rate per hour
  • Maintain 100% attendance during employment
  • Demonstrate a 90% proficiency of required skills

*This program is funded 100% by Arizona@Work One-Stop, Pima County and the Workforce Investment and Opportunity Act.

Photo of two people serving snacks in the Metro youth center