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Foster youth ages 16-18 have an opportunity to participate in the Independent Living Program (ILP) skills classes that assist youth in becoming self-sufficient. Youth participants have access to classes in career and educational planning, job interview techniques, resume writing, and other job search skill workshops. ILP also offers limited funds for youth to obtain necessary tools and/or uniforms for their job. Social workers can provide youth with more information and referrals to ILP classes.

Online Resources is a free employment service offered online and provides the flexibility of finding career and employment opportunities from any location with Internet access. CalJOBS harnesses the power of technology to let users tap into thousands of local job listings, obtain access to career resources, and find labor market information. is designed as an easy, go-to resource for teens and young adults in Ventura County, and features a wide range of information on career options, growing business sectors, levels of pay, and skills and education needed to land good jobs.

The Workforce Development Board (WDB) of Ventura County offers programs for youth that include vocational training, paid internships, and case management.

California Career Zone is a website that offers a new way to explore jobs, education, and career paths in the state of California

From local postings and training programs to advice on how to find financial aid, Health Jobs Start Here provides information about healthcare jobs and careers in California.

Employment & Vocational Programs for Youth and Adults - local resource listing compiled by the PATAY Employment Sub-Committee. PATAY (Progressing the Advancement for Transition Age Youth) is a voluntary association of like-minded professionals and concerned citizens dedicated to supporting the transitional age youth (TAY) population in Ventura County.

Job Training & Preparation

The America's Job Centers help youth access the resources needed to improve their skills and prepare for the right job. An example of the training programs accessible through the AJCs include certificate programs, entry level courses, basic computer skills, and degree programs to transfer to a four-year college.

Career Shops, held regularly at America's Job Centers, focus on job seeker support. Monthly workshops cover essentials for employment success and include:

  • Resumes & Interviewing
  • Creating a Career Plan
  • Online Job Searching
  • Computer Skills
  • Personal Finance

California Conservation Corps 
The California Conservation Corps (CCC) is a state agency hiring young men and women, 18 to 25, for a year of natural resource work and emergency response that puts youth and the environment together to benefit both.
In addition to learning basic work skills, the CCC offers a Core Training Program throughout a corps member's stay. The CCC also offers Specialized Training in job-specific areas that enhance a corps member's learning opportunity and skill level.



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