Two Berks Organizations Partner to Help Young Adults Gain Workplace Experience

The United Way of Berks County and the Young Adult Program at PA CareerLink Berks County are partnering for a second year to provide employment opportunities for young adults starting in late-July through early-November.

“On the heels of the pandemic, our local community faces several economic challenges, and this partnership established a creative way to help young adults start their careers and gain workplace experience, and at the same time aid local community agencies” said Ashley Chambers, Senior VP of Community Impact at United Way.

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The Berks Service Corps paid work experience is available to eligible young adults between the ages of 18-24. While most any paid work opportunity might be a “good opportunity” for young adults this summer (and fall), this program provides participants with enhanced learning and community engagement through service learning, leadership and personal development, financial literacy and positive relationships with adult role models in the community.

Funding being made available by the Berks County Workforce Development Board. The program seeks to enroll up to 50 participants with placements at local community agencies.

“Bringing together community agencies and this target population help fill an employment gap, while giving these young people experiences learning about their community” said Chambers.

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“Those involved last year in this collaboration, including the participants and non- profits, saw the positive experiences taking place in such an uncertain time. We look forward to building on those positive experiences to grow the program this year.”

Several organizations participated last as host sites including Albright College, BCTV, Breast Cancer Support Services, Barrio Alegria, Helping Harvest, and Opportunity House.

Placements with community-based non-profit agencies will average between 25-30 hours per week at $11.00 an hour.

Applications are being accepted now through the Young Adult Program at PA CareerLink Berks County. To make a referral or learn more, please contact Tristin Prostovich at or 610-988-1320.

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