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Employment Assistance - ILP

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

Ventura County AJCC is a free employment service 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.

VCNextGen.org is a  helping hand for young people (ages 14-24) who might face challenges getting a good job or continuing their education. Imagine you want a steady job but maybe dropped out of high school or need help writing a resume or interviewing skills. Or perhaps you’d like to go to college but aren’t sure how to afford it. The WIOA program can help with all that and more.

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

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 adults, 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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