Teen Workforce Development

At the Y, we are on a mission to put local youth on a pathway to success. Since 2017, the Teen Workforce Development training program has provided over 300 teens with professional development and internship experience and currently serves students in six YMCA of Delaware locations throughout the state. During the program, teens participate in interactive workshops centered around interview preparation, resume writing, and completing job applications. Additionally, students participate in mock interviews with local professionals and are provided with expert resume feedback. Many are hired as paid interns with the Y, starting at $15 per hour, and have the opportunity to get hands-on experience in various departments at our branches.



  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring

Teen Workforce Development is a statewide program serving students in all counties.

YMCA of Delaware branches offering Teen Workforce during the 2023-2024 school year:

    • Walnut Street YMCA
    • Bear-Glasgow YMCA
    • Western Family YMCA
    • Sussex Family YMCA
    • Brandywine YMCA
    • Middletown Family YMCA


Teenagers must meet the following requirements to be considered for enrollment in Teen Workforce Development:

  • At least 15 years of age
  • Currently enrolled in high school


  • Professional Development
    • Interactive workshops
    • Interview skills
    • Completing Job Application
    • Resume writing and feedback
  • Business/Interview Clothing Shopping Trip
  • Mentorship/ Engagement with business professionals
  • Special events In-person/Virtual (Barclay’s Volunteers)
    • Career Chat
    • Mock Interviews
    • Resume feedback
  • Internships (100 hours at $15/hour)
    • Hands-on experience, placed in various departments of the YMCA of DE and community business partners.
  • Co-op opportunities for Vo-Tech students
  • Opportunities for permanent positions with the Y and other local businesses
  • Child-Care/School Certification


Thank you to Barclays for supporting Teen Workforce Development training program training since 2017. In total, Barclays has donated more than $750,000 to support all the incredible teens that grow each year in the program.

To support teen programming at the YMCA of Delaware, please click HERE.

Support for Teen Workforce Development goes towards:

  • Increasing overall number of students involved
    • It takes approximately $1,685 for each student to fully participate in Teen Workforce Development
  • Transportation for program
  • In-person events
    • Shopping Trips
    • In-Person Barclay’s events
    • Completing ceremonies
  • Certificate Programs in…
    • Customer Service
    • STEM
    • Retail
    • Food Service



Our Mission

To empower youth, foster healthy living, and promote strong communities.