YouthWorks: Building the Next Generation of Community Leaders


YouthWorks is a community-based program that assists youth ages 14-18 in a pre-employment training and life skills building environment. The youth have a wide array of experiences in which to practice the skills they learn – including drug and alcohol prevention to healthy family life styles, to resume writing and community service. While youth learn these skills and give back to the community, they earn a bi-weekly stipend of $200, and get guidance on how to handle their first paycheck, establishing good money habits from day one. YouthWorks focuses on skill development in two areas:

  • Life Skills Development – resistance strategies, problem solving, conflict resolution, decision making, communication, goal setting, planning and implementation, team building, positive peer interaction.
  • Employment Skills Development – project assessment, planning, development and implementation, cost breakdowns, budgeting, time management and organization, resume writing, public speaking, and computer training.
Youth participate daily through real work experiences that contribute to the revitalization and beautification of the community. Projects include concrete, rough framing, finish carpentry, painting, landscaping, art murals, fence building, event set-up, clean-up and fundraising. The YouthWork program provides opportunities to emerging youth who need positive support in the community, at school, with family and peers. The program is designed for youth who are overcoming substance use, gang involvement, court recidivism, school failure and negative family and peer relations.

YouthWorks Program Objectives and Outcomes:

  • 90% school attendance and passing grades
  • Terminate court involvement
  • Increased pro-social alternative activities
  • Increase drug and alcohol awareness

If you have questions contact a member of Community Building & Organizing team by clicking “Contact Us” or click “Apply” to sign up for our next cohort and start changing the world around you. 

NeighborWorks® Salt Lake
Salt Lake Office
622 West 500 North
Salt Lake City, UT 84116
Phone: 801-539-1590
NMLS #395931

NeighborWorks® Salt Lake
Murray Office
4843 S Poplar Street
Murray, UT 84107
Phone: 801-539-1590
NMLS #395931

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