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Youth Options Unlimited (YOU) Boston Partners

Young people at YOU Boston are supported by a community of YOU Boston staff, mentors, and peers who care about their success!

YOU Boston relies on a wider community of partners to accomplish its goals. These include:

  • funding partners
  • referral partners
  • employment partners, and
  • training and service partners.

Together, we can help change lives and send an unequivocal message to the young people of Boston: You matter.

Become a Partner

Transitional Job Partners

We work with over 30 training partners and employers – from organizations to small businesses – who employ one young person or a small team of individuals in transitional employment.

Teams are fully subsidized and supervised by YOU Boston staff. They are best suited for multi-month, large-scale community service or maintenance projects. Previously youth teams worked on organic farms and built homes for those in need. Teams work 12-16 hours per week on average.

Individuals are also fully subsidized by YOU Boston. Supervision responsibility is shared between YOU Boston staff and the partner. During a multi-month internship, youth receive support from our service team. A YOU career specialist serves as a point-person for partners. Individuals can work up to 25 hours per week.

Apply to Become a Transitional Job Partner

Private Sector Job PArtners

We are always seeking to expand our network of employers interested in hiring YOU Boston members. Members can be hired for seasonal, part-time, and/or full-time work. Private sector jobs should last for at least 3-6 months, though a probationary period may be included.

Apply to Become a Private Sector Job Partner 

Why Become an Employer Partner

YOU Boston relies on valued employer partners to help us support young people in productive work and stable livelihoods. Our partners come away with significant benefits, too. As a YOU Boston employer partner, your organization can:

  • Rely on YOU to find and vet job candidates
  • Benefit from YOU’s oversight and training of young workers
  • Give back to the community by offering work opportunities to young people who need it most
  • Participate in employer recognition events with city leaders
  • Gain the financial flexibility afforded by YOU’s payment of youth wages (for transitional job partners only)

You Boston works with two kinds of employers: Transitional Job Partners and Private Sector Job Partners. 

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