“Striving to develop a qualified and skilled work-force in Georgia”
The Georgia TeenWork Program is an opportunity for Georgia's youth to participate in valuable work experiences within their communities. The mission of the program is to provide Georgia youth, ages 16 to 17, valuable work experiences. The program places youth at various work sites that include local businesses, non-profit organizations and government agencies.
The program is administered through the Georgia Department of Human Services, Division of Family and Children Services and was originally designed to ensure that Georgia's children are equipped with the tools and opportunities necessary to enable them to mature into well-balanced, healthy, and productive members of society.
Why Is Georgia TeenWork So Successful
The Georgia TeenWork Program is a resource established to help promote positive youth development. The program strives to provide a sense of independence and valuable work experience for participating youth. Through collaborations statewide with state agencies, private companies, non-profit organizations, faith- based organizations and institutions of higher learning, the program helps to enable Georgia's youth to succeed in the future.
Who Is Eligible for Georgia TeenWork
In order to be eligible for TeenWork you must:
- Reside in the state of Georgia with a valid photo ID
- Are 16 to 17 years old by June 1
- Are available to work a maximum of 25 – 30 hours a week
- Participate in the State of Georgia Independent Living Program for youth in foster care
- To provide youth with hands-on, every day work experiences.
- To foster pride, dignity, and self worth in youth by providing meaningful training, employment and professional networking opportunities.
- To offer youth an opportunity to gain marketable skills through career exploration that develops a well-grounded work ethic.
|“TeenWork meant a lot to me because it taught me how to conduct myself in a professional manner on a job. As a sophomore at Georgia State University, TeenWork has helped to connect me to people in the field of Social Work, which I have declared as my major. I look forward to the summer time to participate in TeenWork each year.” - Felicia Evans, foster youth|
|“The TeenWork program is a superb vehicle for bridging the gap between government and young adults. Proper execution of the program not only provides employment opportunities for our young citizens but also serves as a catalyst for satellite "teach, coach, and mentor" programs throughout the state. Program participants can attain social and vocational skill sets from successful employees while employees learn more about the desires, thought processes and goals of our future leaders. Everyone wins if we use this program to look beyond merely assigning tasks by creating a learning environment for TeenWork participants." -Arnold Smith Director of Operations, Planning, and Training Division Georgia Department of Corrections|
To learn more:
Crystal Culver, M.A - Program Manager
Contact: (404) 463 - 7288
Thank you for your interest in Georgia TeenWork.