Youth Employment Services

The Crispus Attucks Center for Employment & Training has a variety of programs for in-school and out-of-school youth between 14-18 years of age and young adults from 19-24 years of age. These programs are designed to prepare youth for jobs, help them with their education, obtain certifications, and improve their life and basic computer skills along with other necessary skills and training. Participants must meet state mandated financial eligibility (Workforce Investment Act (WIA) and Temporary Assistance for Needy families (TANF) guidelines.) This is an opportunity to both “learn and earn,” and programs are offered during daytime and after school hours. Please review our programs and opportunities below.

In-School Youth Opportunities

  • Compass: an after-school program held 2 days per week for 5 weeks aiming to prepare students for the challenges of the workplace and inspire a sense of ownership in their life direction
  • Finding Occupational Careers & Understanding Skills (FOCUS): Provides job skill/pre-apprenticeship testing, career exploration and post-secondary tours and visits
  • Trainings: empower students with job skills and vocation training 
    • Automotive Inspection Certification:
      • 200 hour training program by the York County School of Technology
      • graduates of this program will be state-certified in safety and emission testing.
    • Certified Nursing Assistant:
      • 17 day Harrisburg Area Community College intensive training leading to certification and employment in the nursing home community.
      • Each participant will receive a HACC certificate as well as be eligible to sit for state licensing.
    • Customer Service Certification: 
      • classroom-based, instructor-led program that typically takes 40-60 hours to complete, depending on group size.
      • It is designed to help entry-level sales and service associates learn skills related to frontline work in retail (or any industry that values customer service and sales skills) 
    • Child Development Associate: 
      • professional development opportunity for early educators working with children ages birth to 5 years old to demonstrate their knowledge, skills and abilities in the early childhood education field. 
      • assesses Candidates using multiple sources evidence, including an exam, observation and professional portfolio with resources and competency statements prepared by the Candidate.
      • allows participants to procure the CDA certification while gaining experience working in a star-rated child care center
    • Welding Certification: 
      • 150 hour program with a focus to students sitting for and passing the AWS welding certification.
      • Along with welding training in both, TIG and MIG, students will also receive training in workplace mathematics, blueprint reading, job and safety and complete OSH certification as a requirement for class completion.
    • Work Experience:
      • Selected participants will be given the opportunity to work part-time in a field of interest. These participants will work alongside professionals who are in their career field.

Out-of-School Youth Opportunities

  1. Self-Willingness to Adapt & Grow (SWAG):
    • after-school program lasting 4 weeks
    • focuses on developing appropriate soft skills to ensure a smoother transition into the workforce

  2. Work Experience: 
    • Selected participants will be given the opportunity to work part-time in a field of interest. These participants will work alongside professionals who are in their career field.
  3. GED:
    • offered through the York County School of Technology with both morning and evening schedules available
    • Morning classes are offered from 9:00am-12:00pm and evening classes are offered from 5:30pm-8:30pm at our Community Connections Job Club.
    • Interested applicants can visit the Job Club office at 620 S George St. to get information/register OR they can contact YCST to sign up for the classes that are offered at 620 S. George St.

Summer Opportunities

  1. Summer Career Employment Academy (SCEA): 
    • Week-long 20 hour employability training camp followed by  4 weeks of paid work experience
  2.  Helping Youth Prepare for Employment (HYPE): 
    • Week-long 20 hour employability training camp followed by  4 weeks of paid work experience
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