Polk County Youth Program

Skill building – Employment – Education – Training

We are dedicated to helping 14-21 year-olds in Polk County discover and complete their education and employment goals. Our variety of services and experiences help build skills for the future and engage in career exploration. Contact us and learn more about our Polk County youth services below.

STREAM Lab Makerspace

STREAM Lab Makerspace

Our innovative makerspace gives you access to equipment and tools to hone your skills in 3D printing, laser cutting, embroidery, screen printing, and more.

Youth Garden

Learn to grow, harvest, and prepare food from our gardens, with cooking and culinary classes available. Related work experience is available and has included work in the garden, building sidewalks, creating nature trails and more.

Paid work experience is designed to enhance career and education goals. Experiences are tailored to individual preferences, with opportunities at local businesses and government agencies, and virtual, project-based learning options available.

Employment

We specialize in hands-on training, engaging youth and young adults in developing the skills for current jobs and advanced training for future careers. We can help you:

  • Find paid and unpaid work experience
  • Get job search assistance
  • Make connections with local employers
  • Build your resume
  • Obtain references, and more!

Education

Earn your GED
Our GED Pathway program sets you up to successfully earn your GED. This program is free to you and designed to work around your schedule.

Access to tutors
We have one-on-one tutors available to help you prepare for all four GED tests: math, reading/language arts, science, and social studies.

Prepare for college
We help you complete the necessary paperwork to apply for financial aid including FAFSA and Oregon Promise applications.

Training

Participants may continue their education while getting paid to learn new skills with a local employer, or they can work in our outdoor programs or Makerspace. Through these experiences you will:

  • Develop leadership skills
  • Improve teamwork and communication
  • Gain financial literacy

Services may vary and eligibility criteria may apply.

We're Here to Help

We’re always available to help answer your questions about employment, education, and training.

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Our Office

For more information about our Youth Programs or to ask about other employment, education and training for youth, contact our office.

Polk County Youth Programs

Polk County
750 S 5th St., Rm 10
Independence, OR 97351
(541) 704-7820

Career Tech Charter School

Lincoln County
801 SW Highway 101
Lincoln City, OR 97367
(541) 351-8551

Independence School

Polk County 750 S 5th St., Rm 10 Independence, OR 97351 (541) 704-7820

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