The mission of TeenWorks is to empower teens to achieve excellence in college, career, and community.
TeenWorks delivers a unique six-week summer program that provides economically disadvantaged, predominantly minority high school students with a combination of paid summer employment at a variety of community sites and classroom training on a college campus to connect them to careers, college, and the community. From managing community gardens to investing in our city’s infrastructure by working with Reconnecting our Waterways, the highly structured, community-based employment opportunities provided by TeenWorks give students the chance to gain valuable paid work experience while building skills in areas like information technology and environmental management, both of which are increasingly vital to participation in an ever-evolving workforce.
For many participating students, the TeenWorks experience provides not only their first paid employment opportunity, but also their first experience on a college campus. Throughout the six-week program, teens receive on-campus classroom training to develop and strengthen their leadership and life skills, financial literacy, and computer literacy – all indicators of preparedness for college and career success. Perhaps most importantly, TeenWorks teens have the opportunity to build confidence, connect with their peers, and discover that personal and professional success are within their reach.