GYA Employment Programs

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Summer Youth Employment Program

Youth Participants between the age of 14-24 receive life skills, pre-employment training and paid work experience. The Brush Clearance Program provides the youngest and unskilled youth ages 14-16 a first time job experience. On closely supervised teams, they spend 6 weeks removing overgrown brush on over 30 parcels of city owned land, augmenting the City's Vegetation Management Program and reducing the risk of fire on the city's hillsides. Youth who already possess some basic job skills are placed in jobs in the community such as local hospitals, non-profit organizations, libraries, schools, and public agencies. The program is funded by the American Recovery & Reinvestment act and the City of Glendale Departments.

Summer Employment & Leadership Program (SELP)

This five week leadership program for youth ages 15-18 will give youth, that would otherwise not qualify for GYA programs, an opportunity to gain meaningful career development and employment during the summer months. Youth will receive training, intense case management and 80 hours of paid work experience at a worksite based on individual career interests.

Tuition is $1,500 of which $900 (60%) will go directly to youth wages and fringe benefits. The remaining $600 pays for training & operational costs,  which include: resume preparation, interview skills,  workplace etiquette, career exploration & leadership development. This program is intended for youth who are too old for summer camps and too young and inexperienced to get a job on their own.  

Training, Employment & Mentoring Program

The TEAM program is designed to prepare high school seniors for post secondary education and the world of work. Participants learn to meet workplace expectations such as being on time, dressing appropriately, and following through on assignments. The TEAM program is funded by the Verdugo Workforce Investment Board and the Workforce Investment Act grants.

Employment Incentive Program

The Employment Incentive Program serves older youth ages 18-24. Youth are placed primarily in private businesses to gain the skills and experience needed to climb the career ladder jobs within a company. The program pays for the initial training hours as an incentive for the employer to hire youth. Funding for this program is provided by Verdugo Workforce Investment Board and the Workforce Investment Act grants.

Glendale Youth Employment Partnership (GYEP)

Youth that succeed in the Summer Brush Clearance Program, are eligible to participate in GYEP. In this self-sustaining program, supervised teams of youth ages 16-24 are hired to perform hillside brush clearance on private properties for a fee. Youth can also be hired for other general labor tasks.

Glendale's Resource for Employment and Training (GREAT)

In this program, youth with a proven work ethic and previous job experience are placed in career exploration jobs. Their wages are paid by the business that hires them.