Buffalo Youth Services
Earn your shot at a better future
- Uncovering hidden strengths and talents
- Counseling and career advice
- Help in math, reading and other subjects
- General Equivalency Diploma (GED) preparation
- After school and summer job opportunities
- Part-time employment related to vocational studies
- Resume development, job hunting & interview assistance
- Career-based programs
- Success-on-the-Job workshops
A summer or after school job offers a young person a chance to see the outside world, meet new people, learn a trade, grow in personal confidence, and experience a tiny taste of financial freedom. But for many young people living in Buffalo and Erie County, knowing where to look or how to go about getting the really good part-time job is becoming more and more difficult.
Through the Buffalo Youth Services Office thousands of kids have a chance to work at interesting jobs, earn some money, pick up valuable training and experience the satisfaction of a day's job done well.
Working in collaboration with local schools, area employers, and community based agencies, the BETC offers several programs to counteract the high school drop out rate, increase job opportunities, stave off future welfare dependency.
We're here to help prepare you for the business world, giving you the tools you need to ensure your future success in the workplace.
Gain valuable employment experience and earn money.
The BETC works to connect local employers with youth who have the proper attitude, education, skills and desire to be valuable employees in both year-round and summertime jobs.
We help you stay on track or get back on track.
Perhaps you're still in school but need additional help to get a job. Or you're thinking about dropping out of school. Maybe you're caught in a dead-end job because you lack specific work skills. Or you have quit school and you're completely out of work. Regardless of your present situation, we can help put you on the right path to success.
At the BETC, we can help you find a part-time job while you continue your classroom studies - frequently in an occupation that relates to your school work. We can also help you explore a career field you might be interested in. Or we can assist you in upgrading your basic skills in building the bridge from school-to-work and work-to-career.
Finally, we'll help prepare you for the all important job search and interview process. Our job readiness workshops focus on understanding employer expectations, proper attitude, personal responsibility, communication, teamwork, goal setting and time management.
We're also here to help you find and land that summer job you've always wanted. Discover firsthand the numerous job opportunities that exist in a variety of organizations and fields.
Select the job or jobs you're most interested in. Or let us match you up with one, based on your talents and the duties of the job. Remember: we'll do everything we can to help prepare you to make a good first impression - from showing you how to dress to coaching you on what to say. However, the desire to want to work is still up to you - the decision whether to hire and keep you remains the employer's exclusively.
How do I know if I qualify?
Generally our services for young people are designed for two groups of individuals. They include "economically disadvantaged" in-school students 14-21 years old; or out-of-school youth who did not complete high school. You may be required to meet other criteria established by the employer or program you are placed under. Examples of conditions may include maintaining a "B" grade point average or higher with no failing grades; an agreement to stay in school and maintain high attendance standards; or a commitment to follow-through in getting a GED. If you qualify, there is no cost for the services we provide.