Your Future Begins Here

Are you under 25 and looking to get into the workforce? Virginia Career Works Blue Ridge Career Centers offer young people a wealth of opportunities to get their future started on the right foot. Whether you are in school, have finished or have left school, we can help you. At every career center, you will find: Part-time, full-time and summer/seasonal jobs, both paid and unpaid. For upcoming summer job opportunities, visit your local career center today!

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While there you can talk to a talent development director about some of the following services:

  • Tutoring & Study Skills
  • Alternative secondary school services
  • Summer employment opportunities
  • Paid and unpaid work experiences
  • Occupational skills training
  • Leadership Development
  • Supportive Services
  • Adult mentoring
  • Comprehensive guidance and counseling
  • Financial literacy
  • Entrepreneurial skills training
  • Career exploration and development
  • College and career education and training

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Job Corps is a no-cost education and vocational training program administered by the U.S. Department of Labor that helps young people ages 16 through 24 improve the quality of their lives through vocational and academic training. Job Corps has been training young adults for meaningful careers since 1964. Job Corps is committed to offering all students a safe, drug-free environment where they can take advantage of the resources provided. Job Corps’ mission is to attract eligible young people, teach them the skills they need to become employable and independent, and place them in meaningful jobs or further education.

YouthBuild is operated by Total Action for Progress and provides training for the construction trades. Our program is a career and technical skills leadership program for youth age 16-24 who have dropped out of school. Students are paid while they learn in the classroom and at the worksite. Our students gain educational skills, obtain their GED, develop employability skills, and earn a Pre-Apprenticeship Certification in green construction. Students also learn leadership skills and volunteer in the community. Students are required to complete a Mental Toughness Training Course. This is a two-week trial period where interested applicants participate in a “boot camp” with various exercises and activities.

Project SEARCH is operated by Goodwill Industries and is a one-year program that provides education and on-site training to prepare youth with disabilities to be work ready upon graduation from high school. The program, which serves as a workforce alternative for students in their last year of high school, is located at a community health-care facility. Students are chosen for the program by a selection committee made up of individuals from the organizations involved in the Project SEARCH collaboration including the Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) and local school systems. The Down Syndrome Association of Roanoke generously provided the funds to cover startup costs for the Roanoke Valley program.

Y.A.L.E. (Young Adult Life Enhancement) is operated by Total Action for Progress and assists court involved youth with reintegrating into the community as engaged citizens. The program provides case management, mentoring, educational interventions, service-learning, Customer Service Certification, career exploration, job shadowing, paid and volunteer work experience, follow-up services, and expungement and diversion services. Students will be enrolled in the program between 6-12 months on average and participate in life skills, job readiness, and/or customer service classes on a daily basis.

Goodwill Industries offers mentoring programs for youth ranging from age 7 to 21. Mentoring services focus on preparing students for school completion, developing work skills, identifying career paths, and transitioning to post-secondary education. Youth enrolled in Goodwill mentoring programs receive guidance through trusted adult mentors. The mentoring program uses adult volunteers committed to supporting, guiding, and being a friend to a young person for a period of at least one year. By becoming part of the social network of adults and community members who care about the youth, the mentor can help youth develop and reach positive academic, career, and personal goals.

Goodwill Industries’ School to Work Adjustment Program allows high school students, between the ages of 16 and 22 with a disability to safely explore the work world and prepare for the future during the students’ regular school hours. Students are referred by school administration and teachers. School staff, parents, and Goodwill work together to ensure that the program is the best option for the student given their skill level and capabilities.