Youth and Young Adults

The Commerce Department provides a variety of programs for youth and young adults to help find training, educational, and employment opportunities.

Key components of MontcoWorks Youth Services are:
Workforce Readiness
Career Exploration

MontcoWorks Youth Services



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MontcoWorks NOW serves at-risk youth and young adults who reside in Montgomery County, are between the ages of 14-24, and are presented with a significant barrier to completing or advancing in education or obtaining employment.

MontcoWorks NOW provides comprehensive, year-round programs and services for eligible youth and young adults who are either in school, have left school without a diploma and are now motivated and re-engaged, or have graduated and are unemployed/underemployed.

MontcoWorks NOW programs and services (both in-house and through collaborative partners) include, but are not limited to:
• Supportive and case management services
• Academic tutoring and study skills training
• Job readiness and workplace etiquette workshops
• Various occupational skills training programs for in-demand industry sectors
• Paid and unpaid work experiences
• GED preparation classes
• Pre-apprenticeship programs
• Job shadowing
• Professional adult mentorships
• Leadership development opportunities
• Entrepreneurial skills training
• Industry and college tours
• Career fairs
• Mock interviewing and professional resume writing 
For more information, visit the MontcoWorks NOW website at
Services and activities are funded through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).

Temporary Assistance For Needy Families (TANF)


TANF Youth Development Funds are used for youth workforce development programs for eligible youth between five to 18 years of age. After school and summer programs consist of:

  • Homework assistance
  • Developing work skills
  • Entrepreneurial activities
  • Time management
  • Career exploration
  • Financial literacy
  • Life skills development
  • Interpersonal skills development
  • Healthy recreation
  • Civic service projects
  • Conflict resolution
  • Mentorships
  • Leadership and team building development
  • Career awareness focusing on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) careers
  • College preparation

Youth Committee

The Youth Committee is comprised of community leaders from the business, education, public and private sector who meet quarterly to guide and evaluate program services and outcomes. The Committee reports to MontcoWorks regarding outcomes and program services. 
More information about the Youth Committee