The Youth Center provides outreach, recruitment, intake, orientation, and assessment to roughly 400 youth, 14-24 years of age, in the East Bay area per year. Additional components include: work experience, job development and placement, work readiness, leadership development, and adult mentoring. Partner agreements provide satellite offices at high schools in East Providence, Newport, Middletown, Portsmouth, and Tiverton.
Who We Serve
The Youth Center helps youth acquire the support and services necessary to be successful. This is different for every youth and may be as simple as short term tutoring, or as in-depth as work readiness training, placement in an internship and eventual placement in unsubsidized employment, or long-term occupational skills training. Services a youth receives are dependent on his/her individual needs and goals. To participate in the Youth Center, youth must be between the ages of 14 and 24, and be a Rhode Island resident. Additionally, more in-depth services are available through our Workforce Investment and Opportunity Act (WIOA) funding if a youth meets low income guidelines and has an additional barrier (as defined by WIOA). For more specific eligibility information please contact the local Youth Center.
Intake and assessment (application for service, vocational interest inventory, academic assessment); job skills (writing resumes, applications, mock interviews); academic services (pre-GED, remediation, GED); contextual learning (how academic skills apply to the world of work); case management (facilitation of services, referral to outside providers); follow-up services (tracking for status once services are complete); summer jobs program; leadership development (how adults conduct themselves in their daily lives, independent living skills); job readiness and work experience (place and support in occupational skills training).
Location(s) of the Program
Hours of Operation
Hours at our locations vary, but general hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.
How to Enroll
Weaver Building: Sharalyn Almanzar, 401-383-3094
Bristol-Warren Area: Steve Dolce, 401-692-2695
Newport Youth Center: Steve Dolce, 401-692-2695
How You Can Volunteer
The Youth Center is always looking for additional funds, specifically for youth wages. This allows us to place youth in supported subsidized employment placements where they can build their employability skills while being supported via support services and case management. Donations may be made online (note “Youth Center” in the comments) or by mailing a check marked “Youth Center” in the memo to: East Bay Community Action Program, Attn: Finance Dept., 19 Broadway, Newport, RI 02840