About AZYouthforce

Our Impact

Internships Completed

Intern Wages ($)

Employer Partners

Contact Hours

Significant barriers exist for disadvantaged youth looking to enter the workforce. National studies confirm that teen work experience has a positive impact on high-school graduation rates, continuing education and long-term earning potential.

One of the priority outcomes for Boys & Girls Clubs of the Valley is to help teens explore and develop a plan for their future. This includes exposing teens to career opportunities, introducing them to companies and emerging fields, and helping them create a career and educational plan for their future.

AZYouthforce creates equity for teens by helping young adults achieve their goals – through training, coaching, internships, and rewarding jobs.

Our Programmatic Approach:

AZYouthforce internships range from 8 weeks to 4.5 months in length and all internships are paid placements. All teens must complete the AZYouthforce Academy, our training program (up to 30 hours) where teens learn the essential skills to help them be successful in the workplace. Following successful completion of the Academy, interns are placed into managed internships.

AZYouthforce Academy includes training in:

Job interview skills and resume development
Financial literacy workshops
Critical thinking skills
Certifications (i.e. First Aid/CPR; Food Handlers Card; Lifesaving Certification)

Program & Participants


Every AZYouthforce internship is paid. We offer two internship tracks: Group Internships (team-based) and Career Internships (individual).

Academy Training

All interns attend the Academy before internship placement. The Academy is 30 hours of soft skills training, including resume writing, public speaking, customer service, diversity, and financial literacy.

Who Can Participate

AZYouthforce is open to all young people ages 16–19, who are enrolled in school. The program is open to BGCAZ members and non-members. Young people from underserved communities and/or those who will be the first in their family to graduate are encouraged to apply.

AZYouthforce would not be possible without our Community Partners!

For information on becoming a Community Partner, contact us!

Boys and Girls Club of Metro Phoenix
Corporate Photography by Mark Skalny 

How Local Businesses Can Help

AZYouthforce partners with Greater Phoenix businesses to create youth internships and job opportunities. Along with supporting career development and on-the-job readiness, additional emphasis is placed on academic success to ensure teens graduate from high school on time and are ready with a plan for post-secondary education and/or 21st-century careers.

Partner with us!

Contact Samantha Hansen, Director of Workforce Development & Career Pathways

602.343.1251 or samantha.hansen@bgcaz.org

Current Business Partners can contact Josh Stine at josh.stine@bgcaz.org.

Ready to get involved with AZYouthforce?

Applications are open for several positions!