Educators, mentors, and other skills trainers have become increasingly involved in assisting young people with preparing to enter the workforce or advancement of their skills, education, or employability.

Resources linked here provide research-based information on the importance of these relationships for youth in employment, opportunities for professional development, resource materials, and recommendations based on best practices.


California Grows An Educational Approach That Links Student Aspirations To Workforce Needs - Linked Learning schools, or pathways, have an industry theme and integrate rigorous college-preparatory academics, sequenced career technical training that meets industry standards, and meaningful professional experiences alongside employer partners.

Career-focused Mentoring for Youth: The What, Why, and How - Career-focused mentoring provides young people the opportunity to get a glimpse of the world of work. It also allows them to gain and practice skills that are useful in professional and other settings, and to prepare for life as an adult.

Closing the Gap Meeting California’s Need for College Graduates - If current trends persist, California will have one million fewer college graduates than it needs in 2025—only 35 percent of working-age adults will have a college degree in an economy that would otherwise require 41 percent of workers to have a college degree.

Four-year college isn't only path to career readiness - Helping young people get on a pathway to success by investing in career and technical education programs.

National Council for Workforce Education - NCWE provides a national forum for administrators and faculty in workforce education and basic skills, as well as representatives of business, labor, military, and government, to affect and direct the future role of two-year and other post-secondary institutions in workforce education and economic development.


Helping Students Find An Ideal Career Path: A Time Travel - Author's discussion with their "past self" on deciding on a career path.

Taking the Lead: Empowering Business to Employ More Youth - Organizations that connect business and youth, called “intermediaries”, are well-positioned to partner with employers to help fill job needs.

Training Resources - Information about jobs and careers, government, plus much more!

Right Turn Foundation Materials - Education, Training And Workforce Development For Juvenile Justice-Involved Youth (Materials also suitable for those not engaged in the justice system.)

Toolkit for Frontline Services for Youth - Designed to enhance the quality of youth services, this Toolkit will be useful to all professionals assisting youth in developing the knowledge and skills to succeed in a demand-driven economy.

Financial Literacy

Jump$tart Coalition - Jump$tart is a coalition of diverse financial education stakeholders. These organizations work together to educate and prepare our nation's youth for life-long financial success.

National Standards for Economic Education - The National Standards for Financial Literacy provide a framework for teaching personal finance in kindergarten through 12th grade.

Skills to Pay the Bills: Mastering Soft Skills for Workplace Success - Curriculum developed by ODEP focused on teaching "soft" or workforce readiness skills to youth, including youth with disabilities. Created for youth development professionals as an introduction to workplace interpersonal and professional skills, the curriculum is targeted for youth ages 14 to 21 in both in-school and out-of-school environments. The basic structure of the program is comprised of modular, hands-on, engaging activities that focus on six key skill areas: communication, enthusiasm and attitude, teamwork, networking, problem solving and critical thinking, and professionalism.

Young America Saves - America Saves is promoting saving at work for young adults as one effort to increase overall workplace saving. Youth from America Saves focus groups have reported they know it’s important to save, but no one has shown then how to do it. America Saves has created this program to change that. The Program is free of cost to summer youth programs.