Youth Workforce Development Service Area Strategy

Career Awareness



The Career Awareness Strategy is designed to provide the opportunity for middle school students to explore their career interests while developing job readiness and soft skills. Career Awareness programs offer activities and experiences that expose youth to a range of careers and help them begin to understand the educational and employment steps needed to reach them.

DCYF allocated $1,206,000 in annual funding to nine programs across nine agencies for the Career Awareness Strategy. 

Strategy Goals include:

  • To help participants understand a diverse range of career and educational pathways including the experience, knowledge, skills and education required.

  • To help participants assess their own interests and skills and educate them on how these things can translate into future careers.

  • To help participants develop important job readiness and soft skills and have the ability to practice and hone these skills in a supportive environment.

Our Career Awareness Strategy  2018-2023 Grantees include: