Hire-A-Youth is a year-round program that connects you with the skills and information to get part-time, full-time, and seasonal employment with numerous area employers.  Our Summer Hire-A-Youth program focuses on part-time jobs and internships during the summer months.  Come to the Youth Opportunity Center to learn about how to get started, and review a list of companies currently hiring.
More information is available at the Hire-A-Youth facebook page here.

Job Search

Want to take a quick look at jobs in the area?  Use the search boxes below to find available jobs in the area.  To learn more about the jobs you find, register in the VOS database system, or visit the Youth Opportunity Center. 


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Youth Jobs Program

Pacific Gateway is proud to present the Youth Jobs Program.  Earn an average of 100 hours of paid work experience that will help to build upon your resume and serve as a career pathway. 
To apply, fill out the Interest Form and return it by Wednesday, April 30, 2014.  Space is limited and opportunities go fast. 
Applications may be submitted to either of the following centers:
3447 Atlantic Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90807
1220 Engracia Avenue
Torrance, CA 90501
 For more information, check out the Fact Sheet.

Summer Hire-A-Youth

The Summer Hire-A-Youth program is comprised of three key components:  National Work Readiness Credential training, internships, and jobs.  Typically beginning in March with work-readiness training, the program lasts through the summer of each year. 

Summer 2013

For many, Summer work has played an integral part to their future career.  Some began that journey here, with our Hire-A-Youth program.  This year Pacific Gateway's Summer Hire-A-Youth program offered a wide variety of employment and internship opportunities.  As part of the program participants were able to obtain subsidized jobs, internships, or direct employment.  Alongside these opportunities, they were able to attain the National Work Readiness Credential (NWRC), which is a nationally recognized program that certifies you as work ready.



Summer 2012

The Summer Hire-A-Youth 2012 program began in the Spring, and ended on September 30, connecting hundreds of youth, ages 16-24, to jobs and internships.  Our goal for Summer 2012 was to serve 280 teens through the National Work Readiness Credential Training.  We exceeded that number by 6%, with 297 teens completing the course.  We set out to get 207 youth into Internships; that number was also exceeded by 40% with 291 youth connected to an internship.  Pacific Gateway was awarded LA County Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) funds to help provide subsidized jobs for youth.  Our goal was to connect 95 youth to jobs; we connected 101 youth, which was a 5% increase over our original goal.  

How To Sign Up

Signing up is easy.  Come to the Youth Opportunity Center to learn about how to get started, and review a list of companies currently hiring.  In order to be eligible, you must:
  • Be 14-24 years of age
  • Live in Long Beach, Lomita, Signall Hill, or Torrance
  • Register on our Virtual One-Stop (VOS) online (We can help you with this part, or you can access on our home page)
  • Have a willingness to work and learn

Come in to the Youth Opportunity Center Monday through Friday. Our friendly staff will be available for your questions.


Job vs. Internship

There are a lot of differences between an internship and a job.  Typically, an internship lasts only weeks or months, and is focused on completing a specific project or gaining particular skills.  A job, on the other hand, is year round, and is paid.  There are other things you will want to consider in deciding what is best for you.  Visit the Job and Internship Questions Page to get a better understanding of the differences between these two.