Dynamic Career Exploration and Training Program for Arizona Teens

AZYouthforce is a dynamic career exploration program designed to help young adults prepare for and connect to workplace opportunities.

This program of Boys & Girls Clubs of the Valley places trained teens into paid internships with local and national companies.  In addition to a mentor on site, each intern works with an Internship Manager who coaches them to be successful in their placement. 


Started in 2018, AZYouthforce is a youth workforce development program through the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Valley. 


Teens devlop valuable professional skills through our workforce academy and then are matched to paid internships.


To close the opportunity and career readiness gap by preparing local teens for success and helping them pursue the career of their dreams.


Featured Internship:

Bayless Entrepreneurship Program - Sponsored by Justin Bayless Family

This internship is a great fit for teens who:
  • Want to start your own business
  • Think outside the box
  • Have no experience

Based on a Learn-to-Earn model, selected youth will be matched with a mentor and develop a business plan during the paid internship.

Applications due:  December 30, 2022


Featured Internship: Jiffy Lube

Jiffy Lube and BGCAZ have partnered to create an internship experience for teens interested in the automotive field.

Following completion of the AZYouthforce Academy, interns will work as Courtesy Technicians or Lube Technicians.

AZYouthforce's Impact:

  • Provides teens ages 16-19 with valuable, paid work experience and positive relationships with mentors to inspire career and educational growth while earning money for family and continuing their education

  • Offers teens critical hard and soft skills workplace training and a Internship Manager to help ensure success in the program

  • Pairs local and national employers with motivated, enthusiastic, and prepared teens as staff

  • Empowers workplace mentors with the experience of making a difference in a young person's life

  • Creates equity by building a diverse, inclusive workforce

  • Enriches schools with engaged students who are committed to both academic and career success!

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Life as an Intern

Young adults who are selected for the program will have unique, paid internship opportunities through AZYouthforce to explore a variety of careers and pathways and develop their own personalized plan for success.

As well as internships, AZYouthforce teens will take part in our Academy to learn financial literacy, communication, interview skills, and so much more to prepare to succeed!

Participants work closely with our Workforce Development coaches to ensure their success.

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AZYouthforce News & More

Latest News

JUSTIN BAYLESS DONATES $500,000 TO BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF THE VALLEY: Bayless Entrepreneurship Program to Help Youth Build Skills, Mindset to Create Successful Enterprises

New Internship!

We are happy to have our new partner, Kitchell, on our team! Learn more about how you can Apply for the Kitchell internship!


Boys & Girls Clubs of the Valley offers affordable after-school and summer programs for 16,000+ young people in grades K-12.

Ready to get involved with AZYouthforce?

Applications are open for several positions!

About Boys & Girls Clubs of the Valley

AZYouthforce is a program of Boys & Girls Clubs of the Valley, the premier out-of-school-time provider and leading voice for youth development in Arizona.