Youth Program

Prepare for Your Career Today…..

Gain real-world skills and work experience, and even get started on the path to your career with a paid internship!

If you’re a qualified 16-21 year-old who resides in Lake, Orange, Osceola, Seminole or Sumter Counties, you could get started with training that can lead to an 8-week PAID Internship ($8.25 per hour) as part of CareerSource Central Florida’s Youth Program.

Our Youth Program provides you with up to a year of training, education opportunities (such as obtaining your GED or completing your high school diploma, and gaining industry-recognized certifications), and helps you develop the skills businesses are looking for in job and career candidates.

Whether you are in school or out of school, our program is for you!

Opportunities are limited, so get started on your path to a job today.

Youth Program Overview

Our youth program provides training and employment opportunities to younger and older youth who meet the eligibility criteria as required by the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Youth guidelines.

Our youth program allows economically disadvantaged youth between the ages of 16-21 the opportunity to participate in employability skills training and work experience programs. Program options are available to younger youth who are in-school (secondary) and those that are out-of-school (dropouts, graduates, those in post-secondary or out of work) who reside in the five counties of Central Florida: Lake, Orange, Osceola, Seminole and Sumter counties.

In an effort to provide strong service levels to the youth of our community CareerSource Central Florida has contracted with five organizations to facilitate services for youth ages 16-21 that are in need of academic, occupational and career readiness services in a year-round format.

Contractual youth services are provided by the following:

  • Henkels & McCoy
  • Arbor/Rescare
  • Children’s Home Society
  • Covenant House
  • Goodwill Industries.

Required program elements for our youth program include:

  • Tutoring, study skills training, and instruction leading to completion of secondary school, including dropout prevention strategies
  • Basic skills assessment and functioning educational level
  • Alternative school services
  • Summer employment opportunities linked to academic and occupational learning
  • Paid and unpaid work experience: job shadowing & internships
  • Occupational skills training: vocational classes or OJT
  • Leadership development opportunities
  • Support services: transportation, child care etc.
  • Adult mentoring
  • Follow-up services for individuals who completed program
  • Guidance and counseling

Program Requirements:

Selected youth must be a U.S. citizen/alien resident, age 16-21, have a documented financial need, and have a history of educational and/or employment difficulty (such as a parenting teen, over age for grade level, limited work history, juvenile/adult offender, foster care youth, limited English proficiency, or disability) and meet all Federal guidelines for services.

Youth who meet program qualifications will need to have the following documentation to verify eligibility and/or complete enrollment in the youth program:

  • Photo I.D. (driver’s license, state I.D., or school I.D.)
  • Social Security Card
  • Proof of Address (utility bill or lease agreement, etc.)
  • Proof of Date of Birth (driver’s license or birth certificate)
  • Proof of Citizenship (birth certificate)
  • School Records (copy of diploma, report card, or school I.D.)
  • Proof of Family Size
  • Proof of Income
  • Proof of Receipt of:
    • Food Stamps
    • Cash Assistance
    • SSI

*EBT Card is NOT considered valid proof of income

In-School Program

To participate in the in-school program youth must be:

  • Classified as an 11th or 12th grader, or in a district-recognized GED Program
  • Attend regular workshops to earn industry credentials/certifications that will help lead to employment upon completion of school!
  • Ready to earn up to $500* for setting and achieving goals related to career preparation, academics, and work experience.
  • Stay in school until you graduate with a diploma.
  • Enroll in college, the military, or obtain vocational training, and/or employment upon completion.
  • Potential for a paid* work experience for up to 6 weeks (eligibility/suitability applies).

In-School Locations**

· Aloma High School, Chancery High School, Sheeler High School, Sunshine High School, Seminole High School, Lake Howell High School, Osceola High School, Challenger Alternative School, South Lake High School, Leesburg High School, Wildwood High School, Mascotte ABE

Out-of-School Program

To participate in the out-of-school program youth must be:

  • High school graduates or those needing to complete high school.
  • Attend and complete weekly workshops to achieve goals related to career preparation, academics, and work experience while earning up to $500*.
  • Willing to earn a State of Florida High School Diploma (GED) or equivalent, attain industry credentials that help lead to employment.
  • Enroll in college, the military, or obtain vocational training, and/or employment upon completion.
  • Potential for a paid* work experience for up to 8 weeks (eligibility/suitability applies).

Out-of-School Locations**

· Goodwill Job Connection Center-Orlando, Sanford, Kissimmee, Clermont, Leesburg, Lake Tech Eustis, Sumter TBD, Kissimmee CareerSource Central Florida

View the table below to see which program might best meet your needs and how to find out more:


In School Youth Served

Out-of-School Served

Counties Served

How to connect

Henkels & McCoy

295 In-school youth

225 out-of-school youth

Serving all five counties

407-705-1555 ext. 5003.


225 out-of-school youth

Serving all five counties

407.274.2451 or

Covenant House of Central Florida

100 out-of-school youth

Serving Orange, Osceola and  Seminole


Children’s Home Society

175 In-school youth

Serving Orange – specifically Evans High School


Goodwill Industries of Central Florida

200 In-school youth

Serving Orange, Osceola,


Equal Opportunity Employer/Program- Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. All voice telephone numbers in this document may be reached by persons using TTY/TDD equipment via the Florida Relay Service at 711.

* NOTE: Incentives and work experience dollar amounts are subject to change and are pending final approval. ** Locations subject to change.