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About The Youth Council

The Youth Council is a subcommittee of the Board and is responsible for the oversight of Workforce Investment Act Youth services in the region. The Youth Council is an all volunteer subcommittee and currently has over fifty members that represent both public and private organizations that provide services to young people in our region.

The duties of the Youth Council include:

  • Developing the portions of the local plan relating to eligible youth, as determined by the chairperson of the local Board.
  • Recommending to the local Board eligible providers of youth activities to be considered for grants or contracts on a competitive basis.
  • Conducting oversight with respect to eligible providers of youth activities.
  • Coordinating youth activities that are authorized by the Act.
  • Other duties determined to be appropriate by the chairperson of the local Board.

In addition to these mandated requirements of the Workforce Investment Act our local Board through the Youth Council has several grants that provide the following:

  • Department of Education School to Career Connecting Activities - 844 students participated in the School to Career Program in 2014. Local Businesses provided work and learning opportunities and helped students connect academics to work place requirements and measured students gain by using the Massachusetts Work Based Learning Plan.
  • Construction Career Days - 125 students annually attend this event at the Hopkinton Training Center to learn about the wide variety of occupations in the construction industry.
  • Summer Employment - 285 youth will have summer work and learning opportunities in 2014. The Youth Council and Employment Links will offer 125 subsidized summer jobs for eligible youth in Leominster and Fitchburg through the States Youth Works program. The Workforce Board also convenes a Youth Employment Collaborative that has raised private sector funding for an additional 160 youth employment opportunities. The Montachusett Opportunity Council, Mount Wachusett Community College, LUK, Inc., The Community Reinvestment Act Coalition, the cities of Leominster, Fitchburg and Gardner and many local employers are major contributors to our efforts to provide unsubsidized summer youth employment opportunities.

The Youth Council

The Youth Council