All youth development staff participate in workforce development as supervisors.
With the generous support of major foundations and community resources, Bird Street has developed an outstanding workforce development program. Activities include:
- Job readiness course (five hours and certification)
- Skill development
- Resume writing
- Interviewing skills
- Spring Job Fair
- Career pathway counseling
- Part-time employment and supervision during the school year (150 teens)
- Summer training programs
- Summer jobs and supervision for youth (150 teens)
- Job Shadowing Program
- Paid and unpaid internships
- Junior Achievers, program for middle school career pathway exploration
Bird Street Community Center offers part-time and summer employment to youth as young as age 13. Some of the positions offer monthly stipends and some offer hourly wages. It is our practice to nurture those youth who show potential and take their jobs seriously. We offer promotions to jobs with greater responsibility and increased wages, as youth become more mature. By the time a young person has graduated from high school and been accepted to college, he or she can earn as much as $3,500 over the summer.
At Bird Street we make an effort to make the jobs meaningful and provide employment that includes skill development and certifications (where appropriate).
All summer jobs are announced on February 1st of each year. The brochure is posted on this site and available at Bird Street. All fall and winter positions are open to members of Bird Street who seek employment through one or more program tracks. School year jobs are limited to 10 hours per week and require participation in academic support activities.