Youth Development (14-24 Year Olds)


In the MHHCWB’s Strategic Plan, there are strategic goals in four key areas to build the overall quality of our workforce are set forth. One of those is to “Develop 21st Century Youth Education and Employability Skills for Quality Careers” in which we commit to improving and expanding successful models of workforce development programs and services for youth, especially older youth who need basic skills development, English language proficiency and employment. Click here for a listing of our various MHHCWB funded Youth Programs.

In order to accomplish that the MHHCWB engages community partners in collaborations that will align youth services and result in a more coordinated system of youth development; expands and improves youth work readiness services and internships and works with our One-Stop Career Center services to meet the unique employability needs of out-of-school and unemployed youth.

As such, the MHHCWB has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding that is co-signed by the One-Stop Career Centers, WIOA Title I Youth service providers, YouthWorks providers, DESE School-to-Career Connecting Activities (STC-CA) funded partners, the Westover Job Corps Center, the MA Rehabilitation Commission/MA Commission for the Blind (MRC/MCB) WIOA 15% funded youth program/ activities and the Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) funded youth program/activities as they relate to the operation of youth services and programs in Hampden County. This MOU augments the WIOA Core Partner Umbrella MOU that defines the roles and responsibilities of the OSCC Required Partners to operationalize the delivery of services necessary to produce the best possible outcomes for shared WIOA Core Partner customers, which includes youth. This MOU is designed to specifically align and coordinate the delivery of WIOA and other services to youth aged 14-24 with the other MHHCWB youth-funded programs. Click on: MOU to view or download the updated MOU as of July 1, 2020.

MassHire Springfield is a Career Center located at One Federal Street in Springfield. MassHire Holyoke is a Career Center located at 850 High Street in Holyoke. You can find Youth Employment and Training Solutions at either of these locations. These centers are free to use, are funded by the federal and state government, and have staff from other workforce agencies co-located on site to provide a wide range of services.

For a list of contacts for our WIOA YOUTH vendors – click here.

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