Are you between the ages of 14 and 24, and you:

  • Don’t know what you want to do?
  • Can’t afford the certificate or training program you need?
  • Want to increase your interviewing and workplace skills?
  • Never had a job before?

We may be able to help!

The ideal candidate for our youth program is someone who is motivated and excited about their future, but needs a little extra support to get there. Primarily, we are looking for those who have just graduated and don’t have a plan for their lives.

For our youth program coordinator, administrative technician and career navigators please call (434) 455-5940 and press 5 to speak with our youth career navigators.

Participants must meet program requirements. These may include: low-income at the time of enrollment and have one or more barriers to employment. These include but are not limited to: criminal history, basic skills deficient, no work experience, single parent home, child of an incarcerated parent, foster care. To discuss your individual eligibility, call (434) 455-5940 and press option 2.


This list can seem daunting, but we promise to work with you to get these documents and get you enrolled. Anything you can bring with you to the first meeting is helpful!

  • Personal Identification— An ID card or driver’s license. However, we can use birth certificates, passports, etc.
  • Social security card
  • School Verification— If you are in school, your administrator will need to verify that for us. If you are out of school, we will either need a release or drop-out letter from the school or your diploma. If you are over 18 and have dropped out, these are not applicable.
  • Income Verification— If you or your parents receive any sort of social service aid (TANF, SNAP, etc), we will need documentation. If you are working, we will need at least your last pay stub.
  • Barrier Identification— Birth certificates for any of your children, court documents or letters from probation, letter from a shelter providing temporary housing, social service letter indicating household size, etc.


The Virginia Career Works Central Region Youth Program provides work experience and/or academic activities to enable students to be work ready. We primarily serve juniors and seniors in high school and out-of-school youth through age 24. Although the different programs offered provide varying levels of services based on the needs of the individual, all have the same basic goal: to provide work experience and/or academic activities to enable students to be work or complete education and training programs that lead to employment.

Online Orientation

Interested in participating in this program? Begin by watching the online orientation video.

Didn’t Find Your Answer?

Please don’t hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to help you find the answers to your questions!