Our collaboration with the Hampden County Workforce Board provides a structured, well-supervised work experience for low-income, at-risk youth ages 14-21.

Risk factors strongly considered when selecting youth participants:

  • History of juvenile delinquency, either having the status of “court involved,” in the custody of Department of Youth Services or on Juvenile Court probation
  • Poor academic performance or a school dropout
  • Homeless or a runaway
  • Aged out or close to aging out of foster care
  • The child of a single working parent
  • Have a disability or special needs
  • Lack fluency in English, or a foreign immigrant
  • A teen parent
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Eligibility
  • Must reside in Chicopee
  • Family income cannot exceed 200% of the Federal Poverty level
  • Participants must be ages 14-21
  • Employment Program participants ages 14-17 must have a valid work permit
  • All Employment Program participants must complete Work Readiness Training once chosen for a position

Contact

Valley Opportunity Council
35 Mt Carmel Ave 3rd Floor Chicopee, Massachusetts 01013
Phone: (413) 437-2040
Valley Opportunity Council
35 Mt Carmel Ave 3rd Floor Chicopee, Massachusetts 01013
Phone: (413) 437-2040

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