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Employment Development Department
Employment Development Department

Services for Youth

NEW: Path to Summer Youth Employment

Check out the latest tools and information to assist young job seekers in the Path to Summer Youth Employment.

Education and Training Programs

If you are 14-21 and meet certain eligibly requirements, you may qualify for the following Workforce Investment Act services through the local America’s Job Center of CaliforniaSM, formerly known as One-Stop Career Centers:

Youth Employment Opportunity Program (YEOP)

The Youth Employment Opportunity Program (YEOP) provides special services to youth between the ages of 15 and 25 to assist them in achieving their educational and vocational goals. While working with peer advisors, youth clients interact with professional individuals who have similar paths, perspectives, and educational goals by providing referrals to supportive services, workshops, career coaching, employment preparation, and other training and community outreach efforts.

High School/GED

College Prep


Career Information

Students and Career Advisors
Start exploring career options - whether you are in high school, have graduated, have a vocational certificate, or have a two-year or four-year college degree.

California Career Zone
A career exploration and planning system designed especially for students.

Bureau of Labor Statistics
The Nation’s premier source for career information. It features hundreds of occupations and describes what they do, the work environment, how to get into that occupation, the pay, and more. Each profile also includes BLS employment projections for the 2010–20 decade.

Employment and Work Experience

California’s online labor exchange system for linking employers and job seekers.

Job Corps
Job Corps is the nation’s largest and most comprehensive residential education and job training program for at-risk youth, ages 16 through 24 providing over a million disadvantaged young people with academic, vocational, and social skills training.

The AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) is a full-time residential program for men and women, ages 18-24, that strengthens communities while developing leaders through direct, team-based national and community service.

Candidates for apprenticeship programs must be at least 16 years of age (18 for hazardous occupations). Programs last between one and six years. At the end of the instruction period, apprentices receive an Apprenticeship Completion Certificate which is a recognized credential for the selected occupation.

For More Youth Information

The United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s goal is to eliminate illegal discrimination from the workplace for all workers. Youth@Work is specifically designed for youth in the workforce.

Youth Rules!
Under the law, teenagers have certain labor restrictions when entering the workforce: types of jobs, hours worked, and other issues. The site also provides tips to prevent workplace injuries and other useful information regarding federal and state labor laws.