Apply for Youth Workforce Services

Out-of-school youth ages 16 to 24 interested in furthering their education and/or finding gainful employment may qualify for workforce services from the Human Services Department. ARIZONA@WORK - Maricopa County Youth Workforce Services offers a free, year-round program where young adults receive individualized support and services to build the knowledge, skills, and experience necessary to be successful in a chosen career pathway.

Available services include, but are not limited to:

  • Comprehensive guidance and counseling
  • High school equivalency instruction
  • Alternative secondary school services
  • Unpaid and paid work experience
  • Occupational skills training
  • Adult mentoring for 12 months+
  • Leadership development opportunities
  • Financial literacy education
  • Entrepreneurial skills training

Youth workforce services are available to Maricopa County residents living outside the city of Phoenix. If you live in Phoenix, please click here to learn about youth workforce services in your area.

Additionally, Arizona residents are able to create a resume and search through job postings by visiting www.azjobconnection.gov and creating a Job Seeker account.

Please note that HSD does not provide Unemployment Insurance (UI). However, you can apply for UI from the safety of your home by submitting an application online or by calling 1-877-600-2722. For more information from the Department of Economic Security (DES), please visit www.azui.gov.


Availability


City of Phoenix residents can learn more about City of Phoenix workforce services by visiting ARIZONA@WORK City of Phoenix

If you require further assistance, please contact/visit one of our Comprehensive Career Centers:

ARIZONA@WORK - Maricopa County East Valley
1001 West Southern Avenue, Suite 101
Mesa, Arizona 85210
(602) 372-9700

ARIZONA@WORK - Maricopa County West Valley

4425 West Olive Avenue, Suite 190

Glendale, Arizona 85302

(602) 372 - 4200


To apply for ARIZONA@WORK – Maricopa County Youth Workforce Services, follow the step-by-step instructions listed below.

HOW TO APPLY

Step 1 Check Eligibility 

To qualify for youth workforce services, the following criteria must be met:

  • Applicant is 16- to 24-years-old
  • Applicant is not attending school
  • Applicant meets at least one of the following criteria:
    • Is a high school dropout
    • Has not attended the most recent quarter of the school year
    • Is in the juvenile or adult justice system
    • Is experiencing homelessness
    • Is or has been in foster care
    • Is pregnant or has a child
    • Has a disability
    • Has a low income and needs assistance to achieve educational and employment goals
    • Has a high school diploma or equivalent and:
    • Has a low income
    • Is basic skills deficient or an English language learner (i.e., English as a second language)

Step 2 Gather Required Documentation

To help establish eligibility, please collect the following documentation. You will need to bring these documents with you to a one-on-one appointment at your local career center.  

  • Photo identification that includes date of birth
  • Social Security card
  • Selective Service Registration for males 18 to 24 years of age
  • Documentation that demonstrates the applicant meets the criteria listed in Step 1

Please note that additional documentation may be requested by workforce staff to determine eligibility.

Step 3 Contact Local Career Center  

Once you have gathered the required documentation, please schedule a one-on-one appointment by Visiting the Client Portal, sending an email to WDDYouth2@maricopa.gov, or calling your local career center using the information provided below.

Remember to bring the required documentation with you to the appointment.

Service LocationsPhone NumberAddress
Avondale Youth Hub602-372-4252
East Valley Career Center602-372-97001001 West Southern Avenue, Suite 101
Mesa, AZ 85210
Mesa Youth Hub480-644-4074Mesa Public Library (Lower Level)
64 E. 1st St.
Mesa, AZ 85201
Peoria Youth Hub602-751-06458335 W. Jefferson St.
Peoria, AZ 85345
Tempe Youth Hub480-350-58242150 E. Orange St. 
Tempe, AZ 85281
West Valley Career Center602-372-42004425 W. Olive Ave., Suites 190 & 200
Glendale, AZ 85302
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