Youth Programs

Attention Out-of-School Youth Ages 16-24!

CareerSource Southwest Florida’s DESTINATION⇒CAREER$ program provides youth, ages 16 – 24, who are out-of-school, with access to quality education and job opportunities.
How? Through individualized guidance, continued support for educational attainment, and opportunities for skills training for in-demand industries and occupations. All culminating with a good job along a career pathway or enrollment in post-secondary education.

The iCareer pathway passport, which includes work-based learning, is promoted through Work Experience, On-the-Job Training (OJT), job shadowing, internships and short-term occupational skills training.

What is my first step?  Contact a workforce professional at a location nearest you to schedule a one-on-one appointment to learn what options are available to you.
Please use our COVID-19 Career Services Form to schedule an appointment, click this link to access the form.
Click on the following link for a list of the CareerSource Southwest Florida centers:  Locations

What do I bring to the appointment?

  • Photo identification
  • Social security card or other proof of social security number
  • Males born on or after January 1, 1960 must be registered for the selective service.  Online registration is available at the following link: 

What services are available?

  • Career exploration = $
  • Workshops on how to write resumes, apply and interview for jobs = $
  • How to decide how much money you want to earn throughout your career = $
  • How to increase your earning potential = $
  • General Equivalency Diploma attainment = $
  • Technical skills training = $
  • Work based training where you can earn while you learn = $
  • How to budget and maximize the money you earn = $

All our services are at no cost to you.

Let us help you with career advice and tips on your job search by following us on Twitter and LinkedIn, and “Like” us on Facebook.

Summer Employment – Part 1 – On the Job

“To find joy in work is to discover the fountain of youth”, Pearl S. Buck.

Summer employment is critical for our youth in Southwest Florida.

In this Summer Employment – Part 1 – On the Job – video series you will meet Kyana Julie, Vanessa, Nicholas, Taina and Laurie who share with us their experiences on working during this summer.

They share in their own words:

  • how they got their jobs

  • what they do at work

  • advice for other young job seekers and

  • their positive experience working with CareerSource Southwest Florida

Additionally, you will meet Michael Moran from Cultural Park Theater, Kim Flynn from The Windsor, and Nancy Shaffer from Goodwill, employer supervisors to these young workers who share their positive experience in working with youth, what they hope the youth will get out of this summer employment, and their positive experience they had in working with us, CareerSource Southwest Florida.


We want to direct you to the companies we know have summer job positions.

For more information on summer employment, “Like” us on Facebook, “Follow” us on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram.

A Career Exploration Outing with the Minnesota Twins

In the midst of Spring training, the Minnesota Twins hosted a career exploration event for our Destination Graduation students.  Destination Graduation is a program designed and piloted locally by the Southwest Florida Workforce Development Board and operated through CareerSource Southwest Florida.  The program is a region-wide initiative in 12 schools throughout five counties.  Students identified with barriers to graduation are assigned mentors to provide guidance and encouragement focused on increasing graduation rates in Southwest Florida.

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