“Most of my job applications require experience in Microsoft Excel and Word, and I’ve never worked with either of them.” – 18-year-old
Don’t get discouraged if you call one of the referral numbers and learn they can’t help you. Ask them to direct you to an agency that can. Sometimes it’s a matter of where you live, and they can put you in touch with an agency near you that offers programs similar to theirs.
Also, try asking your school counselor about JTPA-funded programs (Job Training Partnership Act).These programs include a learning experience program (which is a paid job for which you get school credit); summer employment programs; and other job opportunities. Also available through your school are Regional Occupational Programs (ROP).
Almost all cities offer a Summer Youth Employment Program, and many cities offer year-round job training and/or placement programs. Ask at your school, or call 213-744-9090 to request a copy of the current JTPA Contractors Listing published by the City of Los Angeles Community Development Department (Private Industry Council, Youth & Employment Service Division). This lists all the agencies that offer job training and job placement programs. In Riverside County, call 888-968-8456 for the Learn & Earn Program.
Some questions to ask yourself before beginning the job search are:
To learn about job openings, try the classified section of the newspaper, bulletin boards at schools and community centers, consult with your guidance counselor or school related personnel and, of course, ask family members and friends.
Any kind of job or volunteer work will introduce you to adults who can recommend you to a future employer. The important thing is to get some valuable experience that will help you to show future employers that you have what it takes to be a mature and responsible employee.
SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER
In order to start working, you will need a social security number. It’s easy to get one by calling the Social Security Administration at 1-800-772-1213 to request an application. Or you can pick one up at the Social Security Office nearest you. To find an office close to you, look in the Phone Book in the Government Pages, United States.
Education and training for individuals receiving public assistance, child care. GAIN Program job search.
M-F 8:30 - 4:30pm
LA office: 213-744-2248
Also 909-594-4206 (SoCal, 916-341-3100
(headquarters in Sacramento)
For 18-25 year olds. Fire fighting and conservation training. Also gives college credit. CA residency required, charter schools to get high school diploma. Paid stipend for 1 year commitment
1719 24th St,
Sacramento, CA 95816
Education and training for individuals receiving public assistance, child care. GAIN Program job search. Serving Riverside.
M-Th 7:30am-5:30pm & F 8am-5pm
Mental health counseling, job training resources, legal assistance, medical and dental assistance, pregnancy/birth control/family planning services, and sexuality/sexually transmitted diseases for teens.
Other office: 1555 S Garey Ave #680, Pomona, (909)-620-8088
420 South Glendora Avenue,
West Covina, CA 91790
M-Th 8am - 7pm & F 8am - 5pm & Sat 8am-2pm
Year-round job training programs, career planning, internships/work experience and job placement assistance.
6505 Wilshire Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 90048
LifeWorks is the youth development and mentoring program of the LA LGBT Center. They offer one-on-one, peer, and group mentoring opportunities for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning youth ages 12-24. Lifeworks’ goal is to help LGBTQ youth to realize their goals and dreams with a safe space, positive and affirming role models, and workshops & activities that are fun and educational. Check out their website to see all of the programs they offer! Youth Space: T-F 3pm-6pm.
1125 N McCadden Pl,
Los Angeles, CA 90038
Provides at-risk young adults and school-aged youth with opportunities for success through job skills training, education and work experience with an emphasis on conservation and service projects that benefit the community.
PO Box 15868,
Los Angeles, CA 90015
Job referrals, peer counseling, job search. Programs for at-risk teens. Requirement of school enrollment. Office does not offer youth counselors but can meet ones from Crenshaw office if scheduled. Crenshaw office: (323) 290-5100
Los Angeles, CA