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City of Sacramento – Teen Services

Teen Services Photos of Teen Employment Programs

The City of Sacramento’s youth vocational training and employment programs provide young people with experiences and supports that foster their development as healthy, productive adults. Early adult outcomes include education, economic self-sufficiency, healthy family and social relationships, and positive contributions to the community. Youth are supported in this development through five fundamental pathways: safety, healthy relationships, engagement, connecting to community, and relevant skill building.

Through these programs, youth practice newly acquired skills in safe, supportive environments. Adults provide mentoring as youth learn to successfully navigate school, work, community, and life’s day-today challenges and choices.


A strengths-based, paid work experience program, for high school seniors. WIOA partners with local government, private business and the retail industry. Participants with specific barriers (ex: pregnant and/or parenting, foster youth, homeless) receive training in pre-employment skills such as resume writing, employer expectations, service learning, and navigating college campuses. The WIOA program works closely with schools and provides supportive services to students in need. Supportive services may include transportation assistance, tutoring, and counseling center referrals. Applications available at the Belle Cooledge Community Center – 5699 S. Land Park Drive.



Youth ages 14-17 years who reside within the city limits of Sacramento receive paid work experience providing landscape maintenance and general clean-up in our city parks. All youth participating in this program receive specialized training in landscaping, employer expectations, teamwork, safety, customer service, and time management.

Applications are continuing to be accepted for the summer session of the L & L program through Wednesday, April 1, 2020 at 5:00pm.
Completed applications can be dropped off at the Belle Cooledge CC in a mail slot near the parking lot facing South Land Park Drive.
Completed applications can be mailed to the address provided below:

Belle Cooledge Community Center
5699 South Land Park Drive
Sacramento, CA 95822
ATTN: David Gaines

Due to the current COVID-19 situation, applications postmarked no later than April 1, 2020 will be accepted but applications dropped off after 5:00pm Wednesday, April 1, 2020 will not be accepted.

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me by email at or by phone at 916-808-8929.

Your understanding and patience is greatly appreciated.


A fun, interactive work readiness training program for young people between the ages of 13-17. Participants gain skills in job searching, resume development, completing job applications, interviewing, financial literacy, communication, leadership, teamwork, problem-solving, and community service. All participants who meet attendance goals and participate in a youth-led community service project will receive a $300 stipend. (Participants must have a signed copy of their social security card on file to receive stipend). Program is free. Spaces are limited. Registration opens one month prior to the program start date.

Covid-19 notice:
Due to Sacramento County Public Health direction of no public gatherings due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the spring session of the Prime Time Teen program has been cancelled and applications are no longer being accepted.  For questions or concerns please email Ken McCulloch at or call (916) 808-1575.  Thank you for your understanding and patience.

Summer Program Dates:

  • Oak Park Community Center
    13036 | 9:00 am -12:00pm | 6/15 -8/6 M, W

  • Joe Mims Jr. Hagginwood Community Center
    13034 | 2:00 pm -5:00pm | 6/15 -8/6 M, W

  • Pannell Meadowview Community Center
    13035 | 9:00 am -12:00pm | 6/16 -8/6 Tu, Th

  • Southside Clubhouse
    13037 | 2:00 pm -5:00pm | 6/16 -8/6 | Tu, Th

    You can Register online!
    Teen Services, Youth Employment Opportunities Flyer (PDF)
    For more information on youth employment opportunities, or to have an application emailed to you, please call (916) 808-6023.