Youth Workforce & Development

Youth Employment Opportunities

Bird Street Community Center in Dorchester offers part-time and summer employment to youth as young as age 13 who show potential and take their jobs seriously. All youth employees must agree to participate in academic support activities including MCAS/SAT prep, group tutoring, and individual tutoring four hours per week. Teenagers entering young adulthood are an essential part of running Bird Street’s programs. Job fairs are held in February, and the interview process occurs in May. Jobs begin in July. Interested youth fill out an application and submit resumes before being interviewed. Bird Street’s process familiarizes youth with the hiring process within an environment designed to help them grow.

Job Readiness Training

Before beginning any Bird Street Workforce Development program, youth complete at least five hours of job readiness training and a post-training evaluation. Using the MyCareerPathways software, youth learn how to combine their skills and passions to find a good career match. Below is a list of positions for summer opportunities.

 Summer Positions

Youth must register through Successlink, ABCD, and or Boston Private Industry Council(PIC). Here are the links to register for a position.

ABCD Summerworks - SummerWorks Online Application will close June 2nd. Youth must be
between the age of 14-21 as of June 26th.

Successlink/DYEE -



Youth who are Boston residents and registered on the BYF/DYEE Hopeline employment agencies will have the preference to apply for this position. Youth who can effectively manage large groups of children and have camp experience are encouraged. This environment will be fast-paced. So attention to detail is vital, following directions, and working a part of a team are key qualities for this position. Working at Hale Reservation will give youth a fun experience engaging with the kids and embarking on a summer full of outdoor activities.

Ages: 16-18

Location: Hale Reservation, Westwood, MA and field trips on Fridays

Transportation: Provided to and from Bird Street Community Center

Dates:  July 5 - August 18 (plus one week of orientation)

Hours:  Monday-Friday 7:30 am-5:45 pm

Deadline: March 20

Contact: Donna Woodson 617-282-6110 x 25 or [email protected]


As a Bird St. Arts entrepreneur, you commit to seven weeks of summer study, during which you will learn about creating a business plan, designing and producing a product, and marketing and selling the product. Gain valuable business skills and self-confidence—and earn a stipend. Options are Dance, Fashion Design, and Boy’s Glassarts Design. All arts entrepreneurs also participate two evenings a week during the school year. You are only able to choose one option in the Entrepreneurship Program

Ages: 13-18

Location: Bird Street Community Center

Dates: July 3 - August 18

Hours: Monday - Thursday, 10:00am- 3:00pm

Deadline: May 1st, parent and participant contracts required

Contact: Donna Woodson 617-282-6110 x 25 or [email protected]


Through this program, teens support Bird Street by performing clerical tasks such as front desk/reception, program paperwork, and record keeping. Youth also may be responsible for directing parents/visitors who come to the center to the area that they are looking for so a positive work attitude and professionalism will be essential.

Ages: 15-18 with good computer skills

Location: Bird Street Community Center

Dates: July 3 - August 18

Hours: Work hours will fluctuate according to what will be going on, including days and evenings

Deadline: March 20

Contact:  Donna Woodson ) 617-282-6110 x 25 or [email protected]


Youth will support evening program activities and assist with planning and coordination of Bird Street's Summer Gala which will be at the end of the summer. This event will recap and showcase a variety of different products and outcomes that our youth have put together In all of our entrepreneurship programs.

Ages: 15-20

Location: Bird Street Community Center

Dates: June 26 - August 25

Hours: Mon - Fri, 4-9 pm

Deadline: May 1

Contact: Donna Woodson 617-282-6110 x 25 or [email protected]


Experience a summer full of education and professional development as part of the Connections to College program. In partnership with a local College offers high school students the chance to take an introduction course Monday-Thursday mornings over a 6 week period, students are placed in internships focusing on areas such as politics, community organizing, business, and healthcare. Students also receive regular leadership training and professional development in order to make them more marketable in regards to pursuing higher education as well as full-time employment opportunities.

Ages: 15-19

Hours:  Mon. -Thurs, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Deadline: May 1

Contact: Donna Woodson 617-282-6110 x 25 or [email protected]