The Dept. of Employment & Training offers many free services to youths 14 to 24 years of age to help you find and learn about employment and career opportunities, finish your education, or develop a career plan for future work success.

The Following Services are Available to Youth (Ages 14-24):

  • Summer Youth Employment Program
  • Youth Service Navigator
  • In School & Out of School Development Programs
  • Youth Certificate of Employability

Youth Service Navigator

The Rensselaer County Youth Service Navigator assists youth between the ages of 14 & 24 find the services and programs they need.

Youth Navigator Services Include:

Job Search , Assistance with Job Applications, Resume & Cover Letter Development, Interviewing Strategies, Educational Options, Career Assessment & Advisement , Job Readiness Training , Decision-Making Strategies, Volunteer Opportunities, and Academic Assessment

For further information, Contact: Andre Leppanen at 270-2883

In School & Out of School Development Programs

Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA) Year Round Youth Programming serves youth between the ages of 14 and 24 who possess a potential barrier to employment and meet specific income guidelines.

These employment and educational programming typically run September through August pending funding. The goals of these programs are to increase the basic skills of local youth, provide structured employment opportunities, job retention and increase earnings. The program includes internships, summer, part-time and other employment. It prepares in and out-of-school youth for a successful post-secondary experience.


  • Must be between the ages of 14-24
  • Must meet income eligibility (Proof of income required)
  • Copy of Social Security Card, Birth Certificate & Work Permit
  • Verification of Selective Service
  • Identification of at least one potential barrier to employment

For more information, contact Brian Williams, Director of Youth Programs at (518) 270-2860