The Covid-19 pandemic has caused youth disconnection rates to spike dramatically. Ensuring that every young person in Memphis has an opportunity to get an education and a job that pays a living wage is a part of creating a stronger city. According to a 2021 study, Memphis has the third-highest percentage of youth in the nation without a job or who are not in school. There are over 34,000 disconnected in Memphis, and to help address this problem, Workforce Mid-South works with youth 16-24 years old who are NOT ATTENDING school or currently working through its Career Launch Mid-South Young Adult Program.
Career Launch Mid-South is a comprehensive youth employment program for serving eligible youth, ages 16-24, who face barriers to education, training, and employment.
*All males 18 and above must be registered for Selective Service to be eligible for any federal aid program.
If you are between 16-24 years old and NOT ATTENDING school or currently working.
Who can join?
Out-of-school youth ages 16-24, who are eligible to work in the U.S. and have one of the following barriers:
- Those with Disabilities
- English language learners
- High-School Dropouts
- In a foster care facility or aged out of foster care
- Pregnant or Parenting
- Those subjected to any stage of the judicial process (IE: have been arrested, or are on probation)
As a young job-seeker, what’s in it for me?
- Assistance obtaining a GED or returning to high school
- Education Planner
- Leadership Opportunities
- Job readiness classes and work experiences
- Occupational Training / Tuition Assistance
- Career exploration
- Work Experiences