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Youth @ Work

A career exploration and professional skill development program for female and gender-expansive tech center students

Program Overview

Youth@Work is a program for girls and gender-expansive tech center students to develop personal and professional skills and engage in on-the-job internship experiences within a cohort of their peers. Internships introduce students to local employers in industries with low-barrier, lucrative, and growing career opportunities in fields related to their program of study. VWW staff pairs these experiences with monthly workshops designed to prepare youth for long-term success and economic independence into adulthood.  

Youth@Work includes: 

  • Gender-informed personal & professional skill development workshops taught by VWW staff 
  • Up to 24 hours of paid internship experience with a business in students’ fields of study or a career field they wish to explore 
  • Mentorship opportunities with women and gender non-conforming professionals
  • 1:1 coaching session with VWW Career and Employment Services staff 


Monthly Workshop Topics: 

  • Effective Communication 
  • Motivation, Organization, and Time Management 
  • Personal Finance 
  • Self-Advocacy at Work 
  • And more! 


Time Commitment: 

  • Monthly workshops, 90 minutes each, 2nd Wednesdays
    • Some dates vary based on the school calendar. Back-up dates are pre-scheduled in case of weather.
  • Up to 24 hours of paid internship time, April - June
  • One hour coaching session with VWW


For questions, more information about the program, or if you are interested in bringing Youth@Work to students at your school, please contact Caelan Keenan, Youth Program Manager at or 802-655-8900 ext. 106.