Youth Work Experience

The North Fork Rancheria Tribal TANF Family Wellness implements a Youth Work Experience (YWEX) program in the Counties of Fresno, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, Monterey, San Benito, and San Luis Obispo every year during the summer. The program includes a series of pre-employment workshops, work experience, summer school tutoring, and at the end of the work program youth and their families will attend a recognition luncheon on a set date and location (TBD). To close out this year’s YWEX 2022 Program we will be hosting a 1st Annual YWEX Youth Conference, the date and location will be announced to participants at a later time.


Clothing stipends will be distributed to those who complete all workshops and meet all requirements. Staff will accompany youth to purchase appropriate work clothing on a set date (TBD). FWC’s and CDC’s will conduct site visits. Youth must submit time sheets every other Friday. Staff will check in with the employers and with participants periodically to address any concerns either party may have. Family Wellness and Career Development Coordinators will also meet individually with employers, at their convenience, to debrief following the end of the program.


Participants will partake in a 6-week paid summer work experience program with a maximum of 24 hours per work week totaling 144 hours at $15.00 per hour rate. Youth Participants will be placed in various jobs sites within our service areas (Fresno County, Madera County, Mariposa County, Monterey County, San Benito County, and San Luis Obispo County) based on their interests and locations. Job locations will be determined with participant’s interests in mind, job availability, as well as where they reside. Youth will participate in pre-employment workshops, trainings, and possible College/University tours. Family Wellness and Career Development Coordinators will conduct workshops with curriculum aimed to expand the outlook on careers as well as secondary and post-secondary education for Native American Youth and will create a well-rounded program covering multiple areas of importance for individual’s transitioning into or in the early stages of adulthood.


Participation in Summer School will be required if the youth is not on track to graduate high school. If the youth ends 2nd (Spring) Semester of 2022 with a failing grade, they will not qualify for the YWEX Program. A grade point average of 2.0 is a requirement with no Failing grades for participation if student is currently in High School. Students who are at risk for meeting grade point average requirements will meet with our tutors twice per week during the duration of the program to allow for assistance with Summer School, which may cause work hours to be limited.