Youth

Are you 14-21 years old, and need help finding work? Then MAWIB’s Youth Page is exactly where you need to be. These work opportunities will provide you with professional and personal skills and put you on a path to employment. MAWIB administers a long list of programs – check out the programs and services, and their descriptions below!

WIA Youth Services

Transform Milwaukee Jobs FOSTER CARE

Earn & Learn Summer Youth Employment

Culinary Arts

YouthBuild

Milwaukee Conservation Leadership Corps (MCLC)

Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG)

Focus on My Future

Civic Justice Corps

 

WIA Youth Services

This program focuses on long-term, individual and progressive career plans for you, rather than simply focusing on “just getting a job.” We provide coaching activities and resources to help you develop skills for career development and job retention.

MAWIB works to provide the following 10 things through this program:

  1. Tutoring, study skills training and instruction leading to secondary school completion.
  2. Alternative secondary school offerings
  3. Summer employment opportunities
  4. Paid and unpaid work experiences
  5. Occupational skills training
  6. Leadership development opportunities
  7. Support services
  8. Adult mentoring
  9. Follow-up services
  10. Comprehensive guidance and counseling

 

Am I eligible?

A youth is eligible for WIA Title I services if he/she is:

  • Milwaukee County resident, ages 14 – 21,
  • U.S. citizenorresident alien who is permitted to work in U.S.
  • Low income (70% of the Lower Living Standard Income level); and
  • An individual who is one or more of the following:
    1. Deficient in basic literacy skills (performing atorbelow 8.9 in mathorreading)
    2. A school dropout,
    3. Homeless, a runaway, or in out-of-home care,
    4. Pregnant or a parent,
    5. An offender, or
    6. Other (state or locally defined)

 

Transform Milwaukee Jobs FOSTER CARE

The Transform Milwaukee Jobs Foster Care program is an employment program that offers unemployed qualified FOSTER CARE youth immediate work. The purpose of this program to enhance employment opportunities for people who have difficulty entering and succeeding in work.

Am I eligible?

  • Must be 18 to 21.50 years of age in out-of-home care including foster care, kinship care, independent living facilities, residential care centers, group homes or other placement options under CHIPS orders;
  • Or, be 18 to 21.50 years of age, aging out of foster care and transitioning to independent living; and be a current resident of Milwaukee County.
  • Must have been unemployed for the last four (4) consecutivecalendar weeks prior to enrollment.
  • Proof of an annual household income that is less than 150% of thefederal poverty guideline for the household size.
  • Cannot be receiving W2 benefits and not eligible to receiveUnemployment Insurance Compensation.
  • Proof of Milwaukee County residency.

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Earn & Learn Summer Youth Employment

If you are ready to transition from being a young adult to an adult, this program is for you. The Earn & Learn summer youth employment program is made up of three components designed to lead to private sector employment and financial independence. The community work experience component helps you build important workplace skills by working in local nonprofits and community organizations. Another possibility is the opportunity to participate in the City’s summer youth internship program, which allows you to learn about careers in local government by working for the City of Milwaukee. These experiences will prepare you for the private sector job connection. This will introduce you to real world, hands-on experience through employment at local businesses.

Am I eligible?

  • Must be 14-24 years old at time of application submission
  • Must be a Milwaukee County Resident
  • Must apply by spring deadline

 

Culinary Arts

If you have a strong interest in food service, this is the place for you. This portion of the Earn & Learn program houses the Culinary Arts Program at Wisconsin State Fair Park. We will introduce you to food service careers by providing training, certification and connections to area employers. The program gives you the opportunity to have a real life work experience, earn the industry-recognized ServSafe certificate and prepare for a career in the food service industry.

Am I eligible?

  • Must be accepted in Earn & Learn program

 

YouthBuild

Is construction your thing? If so, this program is perfect for you. The program includes hands on work on City homes as well as the attainment of construction related certificates.

Am I eligible?

  • Milwaukee County resident, ages 16-24,
  • U.S. citizenorresident alien who is permitted to work in U.S.
  • Low income (70% of the Lower Living Standard Income level); and
  • An individual who is one or more of the following:
    1. Deficient in basic literacy skills (performing at or below 8.9 in math or reading)
    2. A school dropout
    3. Current or former foster youth
    4. Offender (youth or adult)
    5. Youth who is an individual with a disability
    6. Youth who is a child of an incarcerated parent

 

Milwaukee Conservation Leadership Corps (MCLC)

Are you interested in the environment and keeping our city clean? Then the MCLC is the place for you!

You will spend each day engaged in hands-on conservation work outdoors. You will be working on trail building, park maintenance and improvement. Participation in environmental education, job readiness and financial literacy is also part of your required professional development. You will be paid for fieldwork and educational workshops.

 Am I eligible?

  • Must be 15-19 years old at time of application submission
  • Must live in the City of Milwaukee
  • High school student or recent graduate

 

Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG)

If you are worried about successfully finishing school, this program is for you. JAG is not merely focused on finishing high school. It goes beyond just obtaining a “piece of paper” to giving you a solid start at building a positive future for yourself. Both the classroom instruction and the all-important, year-long support are provided by JAG specialists who tailor the program to your needs. JAG programs teach the basics necessary to graduate (verbal/written communication/and math) as well as skills necessary for career and personal development such as: how to set goals, create a resume, manage time, meet employer expectations, solve problems, and much more. The program also provides mentoring and intensive job/college placement services.

Am I eligible?

  • Must be 17-21 years old at the time of enrollment;
  • Attend one of three high schools hosting the program;
  • And not have earned a diploma or GED

 

Focus on My Future

If you have been involved in the juvenile justice system, and looking to get back on track, this program is for you. This program is a work-based, service-learning program. While we find employment for you, you will have the chance to participate in the Milwaukee community, and develop your leadership and career skills.

Am I eligible?

  • Must be 18-24 years old at the time of enrollment;
  • Involved in the juvenile justice system, but not the adult system.

 

Project JUMP START

Have you run into trouble with employment because of your involvement with the juvenile justice system? If so, this is the program for you. This program will provide you with personal, career, and educational mentoring. We will also help you seek out employment and community service opportunities. Lastly, we will make sure to provide you with support along and after your process.

 Am I eligible?

  • Must be 14-21 years old;
  • Live within the high-poverty, high-crime target community;
  • Are already being served through one or more of the nonprofit’s programs;
  • Operated under the leadership of Milwaukee County Delinquency & Court Services Division and/or the Wisconsin Division of Juvenile Corrections;
  • Have not been convicted of a Federal or State crime as an adult.
  • Have been involved with the juvenile justice system within 12 months of Project JUMP START enrollment.

 

Civic Justice Corps

Have you just exited the justice system, and are looking to reconnect with the community and find opportunities for success through service? CJC provides service as a pathway to develop personal, educational, and employment skills.  CJC Corps members improve their communities by planting trees in bare urban landscapes, weatherizing the homes of their low-income neighbors, replacing sidewalks on dilapidated streets, and installing green roofs on city government buildings.

Am I eligible?

  • If you were a juvenile offender, ages 18-24;
  • Involved with the juvenile justice system within 12 months before program entry which includes youth who within the past 12 months that were;
  • Placed in an alternative sentence by the juvenile justice system;
  • Or, placed in a diversion program as an alternative to juvenile prosecution by the juvenile justice system;
  • Under the supervision of the juvenile justice system either in out-of-home placements or on probation.