Putting Teens and Young Adults on the Path to Employment


YouthWorks is a state-funded youth employment program that helps teens and young adults develop the skills and experience needed to find and keep jobs. Participants take part in paid short-term work placements during the summer and/or school year at public, private, and nonprofit work sites. As part of the program, they receive training in core soft skills, practice professional behavior and learn how to work effectively with supervisors, co-workers, and customers at their work sites. They also learn how to take the next steps in their education and career pathways.

We have a 6-8-week YouthWorks summer program and a year-round program that runs from September to May, serving youth up to the age of 25! All YouthWorks programs use the Signal Success curriculum to help young people learn and practice the skills that matter at work, at school, and in life.

Impact Numbers

+ Business Partners Engaged during Summer 2021
+ Youth Served


Saving Summer Jobs: How Summer Youth Employment Programs Improve Youth Outcomes during COVID-19; Kids Today: Boston’s Declining Child Population and Its Effect on School Enrollment; Measuring the Impact of COVID-19 on Employment across Massachusetts

The YouthWorks 2017 Databook details the YouthWorks 2017 Job Program. Over 4,014 youth in over 31 cities in Massachusetts successful completed summer job opportunities. It is submitted to General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts by Commonwealth Corporation on behalf of the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development.


Since its inception in 1999, YouthWorks, Commonwealth Corporation’s summer job program for teens and young adults, has relied on employer partnerships. YouthWorks requires understanding employers who are willing to help coach young adults through what is often their first job. Without them, this program would be impossible.

Commonwealth Corporation is a quasi-public agency that was established in 1996 under the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development. 

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