Youth Services

The CareerSource Polk Young Leaders Program connects youth ages 16 to 24 with employment and career development opportunities.

We provide academic support and career coaching to youth ages 16 to 24 who reside in Polk County. The program is free to those who qualify and assists youth in gaining academic and employability skills needed to become successful as they transition into adulthood.

Youth aged 18 to 24 may receive scholarships for specialized training in selected fields, based on aptitude and interests. Once they have completed these skill-building activities, staff will work one-on-one with students to assist in marketing their skills to the employer community. Youth also have the opportunity to earn cash incentives once they have achieved program milestones and participate in summer employment opportunities. September through May participating youth take part in activities throughout the county including:

  • Company & College Tours
  • Career Exploration
  • Goal Based Financial Incentives
  • Tutoring & GED Prep
  • Community Service
  • Interview Skills & Job Search
  • Summer Employment
  • Job Shadowing

To learn what our Young Leaders program is doing this month, view our calendar of events or visit the Young Leaders Facebook page.

Please Note: Young Leaders program serves ages 16 to 24, with a focus on youth that are out of school. We are no longer enrolling youth that are currently in school. For more information about the services that can be provided to you, please fill out the appropriate contact form below:

If you are currently attending school

(or on break for the summer)
  • Please note: The Young Leaders program is only for youth ages 16-24.

If you are no longer in school

(drop-out or graduate)
  • Please note the the Young Leaders program is only for youth ages 16 to 24.