Work Experience Program (WEX)

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Work Experience Program (WEX) 

Our Work Experience Program is for Richmond youth ages 16 to 24. Youth will have an opportunity to work up to 100 hours in a paid internship with a variety of local businesses, Government Agencies, Community Based Organizations, and Non-Profit Agencies.

Ready to join? Submit an online application: 2023-2024 Youth Work Experience Program

Note: After submitting an application our team will review your application and will contact you for an Intake. To be guaranteed an internship participants must meet all requirements such as attending workshops & training. For more information call us at (510) 412-2044

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Work Experience Program (WEX)

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View Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).  These questions are designed to acclimate you to this process and I encourage you to contact us directly to help clarify additional questions you may have.

There are many advantages to becoming a worksite which include getting short term projects completed, curbing the temporary staffing costs, and most importantly, training the future of your field. Last year, over 250 Richmond youth received an opportunity to work up to 100 hours in many of our local leading industries. Not only did our youth receive a sense of economic empowerment, they also gained a sense of responsibility that boosted their self-confidence, acquired new skills, and contributed to their families and communities.

To be considered for the opportunity to become a Host Site, please complete the online request form.

While we understand that not all businesses are in the position to provide a temporary worksite for our youth this summer, please understand that it takes approximately $1500.00 to provide a Richmond youth with 100 hours of subsidized work experience. In the event that you are able to provide a financial contribution, please make checks payable to “Richmond - SYEP” and send them directly to RichmondWORKS 330 25th St, Richmond, CA 94804.


YouthWORKS placed 257 Richmond youth into these opportunities during the summer of 2015.

Sponsored by the City of Richmond, Chevron, Mechanics Bank, Levine-Richmond Terminal, Richmond Pacific Railroad, Simms Metals, Contra Costa County Economic Opportunity Council and the Council of Industries the SYEP provides Richmond youth, age 16 to 21 with up to 100 hours of career path work experience over the summer months. 

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For more information, please contact the YouthWORKS office at 510-412-2044.

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