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Youth Options Unlimited (YOU) Boston

Empowering young people from court-involved or at-risk backgrounds to succeed in the workforce, in the community, and in their lives.

YOU Boston offers young people ages 14-24 an opportunity to work and learn, along with intensive staff support. The support we provide includes case management, education support, subsidized employment, and job placement. This dual approach, of both challenge and encouragement, helps young people take actionable steps toward a better future. 

Apply for a Summer Job!

Jobs available in Culinary & Kitchen Operations, Entrepreneurship, Cosmetology, Social Responsibility, Customer Service, Sports Leadership!

Applications are open for the YOU Boston Summer Youth Jobs! The Summer Youth Employment program is a shorter, more intensive, version of the Youth Employment program. Young people ages 14-24 can get paid $16.25 and hour and work 20-25 hours per week for 6-8 weeks. The deadline to apply is May 24, 2024. 

To be eligible you must:

  • Be 14-24 years old
  • Live in the City of Boston
  • Be available to start July 8, 2024

Apply online

YOU Boston

School-Year Youth Employment

The Youth Employment program places young people ages 14-24 in paid, supervised opportunities with community-based organizations. Young people will:

  • gain crucial early-life work experiences
  • develop job readiness skills
  • begin building their resumes, and
  • experience the relationship between work and reward.

Participants can work 16-25 hours a week for 6-15 weeks. Youth are paid $16.25 an hour. Applications are currently closed.

Case Management and Workshops

Case Management

Every young person at YOU Boston has the option of case manager support. Together, they meet one-on-one to establish an Individualized Service Plan (ISP). This plan focuses on achieving self-set goals. Young people meet regularly with their case manager to track goal progress. The ISP helps them to stay focused on their future and celebrate small successes along the way. Young people without a high school diploma or GED can establish an education plan focused on achieving their secondary credential.

email a Case Management Coordinator

Youth Empowerment Workshops

Young people at YOU Boston can take advantage of youth empowerment workshops. These workshops are calibrated to the needs of different peer groups. In fall 2017, for example, YOU Boston provided an ongoing workshop for young fathers and another for teenage girls and young women.

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