Young Adults

SMART Center, in collaboration with the Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act (WIOA), serves over 90 young adults annually. Through this program, SMART offers a wide array of services to assist with our clients’ career options. These services include paid internships/work experience, assistance getting a job, and supportive services to help them transition into adulthood.

Do you have a career in mind, but wonder how you will get there? The SMART Center can help you toward your career goal by placing you with an employer for training within your industry of choice. This is a great opportunity to acquire work experience, job skills, and expand your job searching network while also earning a paycheck.

We offer paid On-The-Job training opportunities as well. An On-the-Job training is a wage reimbursement program for the employer. As an employee, you would be hired by the employer and paid by the employer. The SMART Center will reimburse 50-75% of your wages back to your employer during your initial training period.

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Young Adults who are between the ages of 18-24 who are out of school, not in training, or not working; and have experienced one or more of the following challenges are welcome to join with the team of dedicated SMART staff to chart the course of a new and exciting future. Young adults with experiences such as current or prior involvement with the criminal justice system, involvement with the foster care system, having a disability, pregnancy/parenting responsibilities, medical or emotional challenges, homelessness, low income and lacking basic skills or an English language learner, immigration, and other issues are welcome. Virtually all young adults who are enrolled with us have experienced trauma and continue to be at risk.


Young Adult Services may include, but are not limited to:

  • Completion of a high school diploma or GED
  • Postsecondary Education and Training
  • Paid Work Experience*
  • Career Counseling
  • Leadership Development Activities
  • Financial Literacy Education
  • Supportive Services*

E3 Summer Youth Program (Del Norte County Only)

During the Summer months, we offer a program called E3 (Experience, Education, Employment) for incoming high school juniors, seniors, and recent graduates. Youth can earn wages during a paid internship, as well as earn up to 10 high school elective credits for participating in the program. Find us on Facebook @E3SummerYouth.


*All paid support services are based on qualifications, availability, and need

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