Young people learn to work by working. First jobs, even low-skill ones, are an important step on the path to adulthood.
Learn and Earn, a $4.5 million summer youth employment program delivered by Allegheny County, the City of Pittsburgh, and Partner4Work, aims to set young people on the path to a successful future through a 6-week, paid summer employment program. Young people spend at least 20 hours per week at a worksite and also receive professional development coaching in soft skills.
Learn and Earn is open to young people ages 14 to 21 who meet certain income and residency requirements. They are matched to job opportunities based on interest, experience, and skills. Young people work at sites across the county in corporations, nonprofits, and community-based organizations.
Since its start in 2015, Learn and Earn has connected nearly 4,000 young people with jobs at more than 400 worksites and returned more than $3 million in wages to the local economy.
Program applications are accepted in the spring; recruitment for worksites continues year-round.