Youth Employment & Training

The Mount Vernon Youth Bureau is the central location for summer and after-school youth employment. The Youth Employment and Training Program provides job training and preparation for the youth of the city from ages 14 to 24. Our programs provide the necessary skills and techniques that are needed to gain an introduction to the workplace to include:

  • Basic and social skills assessments
  • Interview and resumé preparation
  • One-on-one job coaching

Our Youth Employment Programs match the skills and interests of the young people to community-based organizations and local businesses. The curriculum has been expanded to include opportunities that will prepare our youth for high-growth industries such as culinary arts; green business; healthcare; hospitality and information technology.

World-of-Work After School Employment

Youth are interviewed and hired to work during after-school hours throughout the year. This program requires the youth's participation in biweekly, youth development workshops. Youth are placed within churches, daycares, and schools to tutor and mentor young children.

Summer Youth Employment

Private Sector

Westchester-Putnam Workforce Investment Board (WIB) Private Sector Summer Employment Program to The Mount Vernon Youth Bureau extends Youth Employment Programs to youth ages 18 to 24 and includes a customer-friendly work readiness curriculum, interviews, and placement. This program is a collaboration between the Mount Vernon Youth Bureau, the Westchester County Business Council, and the New York State Department of Labor.

Summer TANF Program

Funding from the Westchester/ Putnam Local Workforce Investment Board and the Westchester County Department of Social Services allows youth, ages 14 to 18, to participate in paid work experiences throughout the summer. The Bureau focuses on green job initiatives, which allow participants to work within the Departments of Management Services, Public Works, Planning, and Water Supply.

Counselors-in-Training (CIT)

The Mount Vernon Youth Bureau created the C.I.T. Program for youth ages 13 to 14. C.I.T.s are employed at the Mount Vernon Youth Bureau Safe Haven Summer Camp for six weeks. During the six weeks, C.I.T.s gain valuable insights into what it takes to become a responsible youth counselor.

Youth Empowerment Program

Youth, ages 14 to 21, to receive comprehensive basic job readiness and occupational skills training. Participants are provided with employment opportunities and community service projects throughout the summer. Some of the program participants reside at the Youth Shelter of Westchester, Inc., which is an alternative to incarceration programs located within the city. This program has been financially supported by the Westchester County Board of legislators.

Volunteers Inspiring Change Through Opportunities Reaching Youth (V.I.C.T.O.R.Y.)

V.I.C.T.O.R.Y was established to provide a venue for Mount Vernon's youth to make a difference in the world by helping others. Volunteers have provided services in locations such as the Wartburg, Sacred Heart Soup Kitchen, and the Armory.

Youth Employment Application

VICTORY Volunteer Program Application