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For Youth

Jobs for Delaware Graduates

(302) 734-9341

Jobs for Delaware Graduates provides programs to at-risk high school students at 24 Delaware high schools. An individual service strategy (ISS) is developed with each student, which aids her or him in setting personal, academic, and career goals that must be monitored throughout the program.

Each high school participant receives:

  • Assessments to determine skills and job career interests
  • An approved career pathway that meets state graduation requirements
  • An approved, structured cooperative work experience for eligible seniors (if available at high school)
  • Course completion assistance to bring students up to grade level and begin post-secondary education/training/placement
  • Remediation
  • Job skill development
  • Job shadowing experiences
  • Part-time/full-time job placement

Youth Work Permits

Learn how to apply for and obtain papers to work if you are between the ages of 14 and 18 as well as information about restrictions and child labor laws.

Bright Spot Ventures

(302) 658-4171

Created by West End Neighborhood House, Bright Spot Ventures is a social enterprise to empower and employ youth. Bright Spot Ventures offers realistic work experience to youth who have encountered the foster care system. Bright Spot Ventures employs, empowers, and equips youth with the necessary skills to successfully transition into adulthood. experience promotes positive and meaningful outcomes for involved youth. Impacts include resume-worthy employment experience which will facilitate the transition to full-time education and/or employment. BSV offers an environment in which youth can safely learn appropriate work-place behaviors, improve time management and interpersonal skills, and develop habits that lead to a successful transition into adulthood.

The Challenge Program

(302) 655-0945

Vocational training for Delaware’s at-risk youth to empower them with the confidence, skills and purpose needed to become productive members of society. Since 1995, the Challenge Program has offered young people the opportunity to learn valuable construction skills, assistance in earning a high school diploma or GED and job placement services.

Delaware State Trooper Explorers

The program consists of young men and women in 9th grade and above, between the ages of 14-20 years of age, and who have an interest in Law Enforcement. Explorers participate in Community Service events like fingerprinting young children, maintain the missing children’s area at the State Fair, Special Olympics 5k run and Polar Bear Plunge, Punkin Chunkin, and attend many other community related events throughout the State. We teach the Explorers a variety of police procedures including fingerprinting, evidence collection, radar operation, criminal investigations and patrol procedures. We mentor students for a career in Law Enforcement, and provide them with training and opportunities for their future such as Seasonal Police work and the National Law Enforcement Exploring Conference. We strive to instill leadership, responsibility, commitment and professionalism. Our qualification requirements are: mature, clean cut, clean shaven, 2.0 and above GPA students who have no criminal arrest history.

Generation – Jobs for Delaware Graduates

Generation is a training initiative focused on careers as a Nursing Assistant and Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA). The program is open to 18-29 year olds with a high school diploma who are not currently in full-time employment. In order to participate in the Generation program, applicants must meet the following requirements: Have a high school diploma or GED, be currently unemployed or underemployed (less than 40 hours per week), and pass basic literacy and numeracy test.

Green Jobs Program

(302) 576-3810

The Green Jobs Program is a six-week employment program for City of Wilmington residents that provides participants with hands-on outdoor environmental work, career exploration, exposure to environmental issues, and a mentoring component. Participants who are 14 - 21 years old will work 25 hours per week and earn minimum wage.

The Pathways Program for Students & Recent Graduates to Federal Careers

If you’re a current student or recent graduate, you may be eligible for federal internships and job opportunities through the Pathways and other student programs. The Pathways Program offers federal internship and employment opportunities for current students, recent graduates and those with an advanced degree. There are three different paths available:

The Internship Program is for current students. If you’re a current student in high school, college, trade school or other qualifying educational institution, you may be eligible. This program offers paid opportunities to work in federal agencies and explore federal careers while completing your education.

The recent graduate program is for those who have graduated, within the past two years, from a qualifying educational institution or certificate program. The recent graduate program offers career development with training and mentorship.

The Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program. This program is for recent graduates with an advanced degree—either a professional or graduate degree such as a master’s, Ph.D. or J.D.

There are several other opportunities available to students, including:

Join the Wilmington Youth Police Academy

(302) 576-3692

The Youth Academy is a two-week program in July designed to teach teens about police work and, in turn, establish positive relationships between the Wilmington Department of Police and the city’s youth.

Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP)

(302) 576-3810

SYEP is a City of Wilmington program where young people between the ages of 14 and 20 apply for summer jobs in the government, business and community sectors. Limited spaces awarded on lottery. Applicants families much meet age, income, and residency requirements.

TeenSHARP

Contact: gabrielle.thomas@teensharp.org 

TeenSHARP is on a mission to prepare talented African American and Latino high school students to attend and thrive at our nation's top colleges. Our ultimate vision is to develop a cohort of diverse leaders who are affecting change today and can meet the demands for top talent at top colleges and across industries tomorrow. TeenSHARP scholars take college courses focused on history and human experience of African American and Latino people, design and execute leadership initiatives to help bridge disparities in college access,  work one-on-one with the academic advisor,  and embrace every opportunity to apply for strategic enrichment opportunities. Families of TeenSHARP scholars form a powerful community of advocates for children's success who are equipped with knowledge and skills to help them leverage resources available through the K-12 education system, and get their children ready to compete for highly selective postsecondary opportunities. Application period for TeenSHARP opens on February 1st and closes on May 1st. Wilmington residents are welcome to visit our office in the Community Education Building at 1200 N. French Street (5th floor). 

Trooper Youth Week (TYW)

The Delaware State Police & American Legion annually host at the Delaware State Police Training Academy in Dover, Delaware. This is a week-long live-in academy designed to give high school Seniors, Juniors, and Sophomores who are sincerely interested in law enforcement an opportunity to experience the rigors of training that police officers receive at the Delaware State Police Academy. This is a physically and mentally challenging week for applicants. Students are encouraged to apply and are required to participate in daily physical training as well as a variety of classroom instruction ranging from crime scene and accident investigation. Daily physical training will include outdoor running, approximately 1.5 miles a day, pushups and sit-ups. The program is facilitated by Uniform Troopers assigned to the Delaware State Police Training Academy. There is no cost to the student to attend this training. Application is usually in late winter.

Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP)

Hiring college students and recent graduates with disabilities

If you are a student or recent graduate with a disability, the U.S. Department of State has opportunities for you. We have partnered with the Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment and Policy, and the U.S. Department of Defense’s Office of Diversity Management & Equal Opportunity, who administer the Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP), to hire college students and recent graduates with disabilities. The WRP is a recruitment and referral program that connects us to highly motivated postsecondary students and recent graduates with disabilities. We offer paid, full-time summer positions in Washington, D.C.

Eligibility requirements and How to Apply
Candidates must be current, full-time undergraduate or graduate students with a disability, or have graduated within one year of the release of the database each December. For the 2015 WRP, a student who has graduated in October 2013, or later would still be eligible. Candidates must also be U.S. citizens.
If you are an eligible candidate, share this information with your school’s disability services or career services coordinator, and ask him or her to contact the WRP Coordinator at wrp@dol.gov. Please understand that we work directly with college coordinators, and cannot respond to inquiries from individual candidates.

Year Up

Partnership with Peirce College

(302) 992-8800

Offers an intensive, one-year program for college students, ages 18-24, combining professional coaching, hands-on skill development, and internships at some of America’s top companies. As college students, our young adults have access to the library, tutoring resources, and other services offered by the college, in addition to the services offered by Year Up. As students work toward completing a degree at Peirce College, Year Up Wilmington provides them with professional development and work experience, preparing graduates to launch a meaningful career.

20 Tuition-Free Colleges

Do tuition-free colleges actually exist? Yes. The words free and college tuition are normally not found in the same sentence, however, students looking for a college or even an Ivy League education with the option of either free tuition or other financial assistance can start their journey reviewing this informative article for some of the best colleges and universities offering this unique opportunity.