Youth Employment Program

With the support of local employer-partners, youth ages 16-24 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 16-24 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 160 or 300 hours of work experience through the Youth Employment program.

If you are interested in participating, contact:

Julie Wan at 520-623-5174 ext. 7021 or


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 16-21 years of age
  • Student enrolled in school (high school, college)

Youth Enrollment Process:

  • Call Julie Wan, Youth Employment Manager, 520-623-5174 x7021
  • 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.

Youth employment
At Goodwill’s Youth Restoration Project, young people can learn to work with their hands fixing and maintaining facilities, equipment and more! Not only do they get support for their career & educational goals, they also learn about sustainability.

After careful consideration, we have made the decision to mandate that all Goodwill employees and Youth Employment participants be vaccinated against COVID 19 by Feb 1, 2022. The goal is to safeguard the health of our employees and their families, our customers and the community. While we understand that not everyone will agree with this new policy, we feel this is an important step that is necessary to protect the health, safety and financial wellbeing of our employees and Goodwill.

*Employees needing an accommodation for a sincerely held religious belief or a medical reason should complete a request for accommodation form. Completion of this form does not guarantee that an accommodation will be granted, but all requests will be thoroughly reviewed.