The #CaliforniansForAll Youth Jobs Corps will provide thousands of meaningful jobs to California’s underserved youth, while helping them learn valuable job skills, develop public service career pathways, and engage with their communities.
Low-income, former foster, justice-involved, and unemployed youth deserve the same opportunities as everyone else—in California, we are making that vision a reality.
In partnership with local governments and community-based organizations across the state, the #CaliforniansForAll Youth Jobs Corps will employ young people to help tackle critical issues in priority areas: COVID-19 recovery, food insecurity, and climate action. Youth will be supported with a minimum $15 per-hour wage (and in many cities, more than $15/hour) and provided with essential wrap-around services like case management, resume preparation, special job training, and other benefits to help ensure both their short- and long-term success.
#CaliforniansForAll Youth Jobs Corps has three core goals:
1. Increase employment for underserved youth across California.
2. Develop meaningful public service career pathways
3. Enhance the capacity of local governments to address challenges in the key areas of food insecurity, climate action, and COVID-19 recovery
What our leaders are saying about the program:
“#CaliforniansForAll Youth Jobs Corps is creating intentional employment opportunities for low-income, former foster, justice-involved, and unemployed youth who traditionally may not have access to these jobs. I’m thrilled to see this program I envisioned come to fruition because our underserved youth deserve to have the same career resources as everyone else.”
— Michael Tubbs, Special Advisor for Economic Mobility and Opportunity to Governor Newsom
“#CaliforniansForAll Youth Jobs Corps is an investment in the future of California’s youth and the future of Oakland. We’re building on the successes of California’s Climate Action Corps to address environmental and urban challenges across our state’s largest cities while providing job opportunities for the next generation”
— Libby Schaaf, Oakland Mayor and California Big City Mayors Chair
“The energy and talent from our young San Joséans in the Resilience Corps are helping us tackle many of our greatest challenges–from the pandemic to climate change to widening gaps in educational and economic outcomes”
— Mayor Sam Liccardo, San José
“We’re at our best when we empower young people and remove any hurdles standing between them and their dreams”
— Mayor Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles
“California’s youth are smart, they are energetic and they are eager to get to work on one of the most pressing global challenges — and that is climate change”
— Mayor Robert Garcia, Long Beach
Click on a city/county below to learn more about local youth job opportunities and apply. If your location does not have an application link, please check back soon as programming begins at different times throughout the state.
Youth Eligibility Requirements
The #CaliforniansForAll Youth Jobs Corps focuses on hiring youth who may not have access to traditional career-building resources. Priority will be given to youth applicants ages 16-30 who:
- Have not participated in an AmeriCorps program.
- May have difficulty finding employment.
- Are low-income.
- Are unemployed and/or out of school.
- Are or were justice-involved.
- Are in or transitioning from foster care.
- Are engaged with the mental health or substance abuse system.