Take the next step toward a successful future by joining Arizona@Work Maricopa County Youth Workforce Services! You will receive help and support reaching your education and employment goals. By joining the program you will be provided: One-on-One Assistance, Resume Help, Career Exploration, Computer Access, Job Training, and Job Leads.
Arizona@Work helps youth not in school, ages 16-24, in furthering their education and finding employment. Enrolled youth participate in a year round program where you receive tools to become financially stable and successful. Once enrolled, you will work with a Youth Career Guidance Specialist who provides customized case management and an individual service strategy designed just for you and your unique needs and goals.
Once you are in the program you can receive up to 14 program elements to help further support you in reaching your goals, including:
- Tutoring, study skills training, instruction, evidence based dropout prevention and recovery strategies
- Alternative secondary school services or dropout recovery services
- Paid and unpaid work experiences which may include:
- Summer employment opportunities throughout the school year
- Pre-apprenticeship programs
- Internships and job shadowing
- On the job training activities
- Occupational skills training
- Education offered with workforce preparation activities and training for specific occcupations
- Leadership development opportunities
- Supportive services
- Adult mentoring for no less than 12 months
- Follow up services for no less than 12 months after the completion of the program
- Guidance and counseling
- Financial literacy education
- Entrepreneurial skills training
- Services that provide job market and employment information about in demand industry sectors or occupations available in the local area
- Activities that help youth prepare for and transition to post secondary education and training.
To be eligible for Arizona@Work, you must be between the ages of 16-24, not attending school and meet one or more of the following criteria:
- Dropped out or were withdrawn from school
- Within the age of compulsory school attendance (age for which a child is required to attend school) but has not attended for at least the most recent complete school calendar quarter
- Holds a secondary school diploma or recognized equivalent, is low-income and is basic skills deficient or an English language learner
- Subject to the juvenile or adult justice system
- In foster care or aged out of the foster care system
- Eligible for assistance under Section 477 of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 677) or in an out of home placement
- Pregnant or parenting
- Has a disability
- Low-income individual who requires additional assistance to enter or complete an educational program or to secure and hold employment
- If a youth does not qualify, other services and referrals are available.
Visit the closest Arizona@Work location near you and apply today!
- Avondale: 124 S. 4th, Avondale, AZ 85323. Call (623) 882-9106 or (623) 882-9107
- Tempe Escalante Center: 2150 E. Orange St. Tempe AZ 85281. Call (480) 350-5824
- Mesa Library: 64 E. First St. (Lower Level), Mesa, AZ 85201. Call (480) 644-2223 or (480) 644-3503
- Peoria Community Center: 8335 W. Jefferson St., Peoria, AZ 85346. Call (623) 878-0416
- Apply via Email: WDDYouth@mail.maricopa.gov
For questions on the program and/or how to apply contact the Arizona@Work center nearest you (see Find A Center Close To You) or email: WDDYouth@mail.maricopa.gov