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Baby Sitter Training Program

This 6-hour course prepares students for self-employment as babysitters, they are trained in basic childcare including feeding, changing diapers, and emergency response. Props such as baby dolls as well as videos and activities are used during training. Students are also provided printed material from the Youth Bureau.

The instructor determines if a student has mastered the skills taught during the session. After successfully completing the program, students receive certification in the form of a certificate.

Offered on days off from school. Schedule set by YES Staff on an annual basis.


Youth must be 11-16 years of age to participate. They must complete and submit an application and be available for the date and timeframe of the scheduled training.

Download the application  from this page. Parents can drop-off applications at the Youth Bureau front desk or to a YES staff member at our office in White Plains High School in H- cafeteria. 

Applications are accepted until program slots are full. To find out if class is full, contact Janet Spencer.

Exploring Career Pathways

This lunchtime speaker series, offered at White Plains High School, targets various careers and offers youth the opportunity to hear from professionals who share their stories and tell them how to best prepare for their future. (Offered weekly in the College Career Center).

Guest speakers provide an overview of their own careers, their educational and vocational preparation, and the opportunities they see within their chosen field. Each weekly session offers a different speaker who works in a field associated with featured career path. Examples of career paths include arts and entertainment, law enforcement, education, and technology. The Youth Bureau and White Plains High School on an alternating basis provide pizza and sandwiches to participating students.

Every week during the school year from November to April, alternates from Wednesday & Thursdays, 11:25am-12:11pm to accommodate students’ schedules.

Located at Staff Cafe in B- Building to the left of B1. 

This is open for any White Plains HIgh School Student to attend on the scheduled dates. 

Youth Employment

The Greening Project

This summer employment program is designed to give 14-15 year olds hands-on career experience via gardening, nutrition and an environmental education-based curriculum. Participants learn to discover the history of and help maintain local natural reserves and make weekly day trips to wildlife sanctuaries and public works facilities to learn about career options and do different service projects. Projects are also planned to acquaint participants with simple woodworking skills.

July through August weekdays 9:00am-1:00pm.

Must be a White Plains resident, 14 or 15 years of age with a valid blue work permit. Youth must also be able to commit to the six week summer job schedule. 

Click on the application form button to the right to access the summer employment application. 

Applications are accepted until summer employment deadline. 

Growing White Plains

Job Bank

The local business community calls on us to help fill their jobs because we provide pre-screened, qualified candidates.

This program aids youth in securing and retaining employment by providing job counseling, including job seeking and retention skills. Job listings provided by local companies are shared with prospective employees and assistance is provided by the Youth Bureau Job Developer to improve their chances of gaining employment. The participating youth review their job seeking strategy with the Job Developer and tips are provided regarding contact, interview and the follow-up process.

At White Plains High School in YES office in H Cafeteria, Monday – Friday, 9:30am – 3 pm.

Must be a White Plains resident and have a valid work permit in order to participate. 

Must be White Plains Resident, have a valid work permit, and provide a copy of their most recent report card. 

To register and be considered for one of our employment opportunities, please contact Janet Spencer at 914-422-1378 or stop in and meet with her at WPHS in H-cafeteria.

Junior Counselor Training

This is a first time, paid job experience for those who love children. Participants work in local After School Centers as Teachers Aides which is offered in 6-8 week cycles. 

 Through the training component of this program, which takes place once a week, the Youth Bureau staff trains participants regarding career opportunities, resume preparation, work ethics and successful interviewing skills. During the remainder of the week, participants are assigned to White Plains elementary schools where they assist with the Youth Bureau after-school program. Their responsibilities can include assisting children with their homework, distributing snacks and monitoring playground activities. Participants are responsible for transportation to and from the elementary school location.

Training takes place one day a week and the other four days will take place at one of the White Plains Elementary school after school programs (3-6pm)

Must be White Plains resident 16+ years old  with no previous work experience. Participant must provide three reference letters attesting to their character, as well as a most recent report card with no grades below a C, along with a valid work permit.

At this time this program is unavailable. 

The 2023 Summer Employment application will be available
Monday, May 1st

Annual Job Fair & Summer Employment

White Plains youth are provided employment with a variety of organizations during the summer months. The Youth Employment Services personnel prepare the youth for their employment by providing job orientation training. Mandatory orientation is scheduled during the last week of June. The employees are also monitered throughout the summer to ensure that they are conducting themselves in a professional manner. They are also required to indicate three job preferences, which they select from YES summer job classifieds.

Applications are accepted April through May. Job orientation is offered in June.

Once you have submitted an approved application packet, identification and resume (which are available annually in April) you will be invited to the Job Fair. You MUST attend the Job Fair to be considered for a summer job.

Must be White Plains resident 14-21 years old, and must provide a valid work permit or employment eligible documents.

Applications can be downloaded from this page and dropped off at the YES office in H Cafeteria at White Plains High School. They can be handed in to a YES staff member. 

This Way Onward

A partnership with GAP Inc. and The Door for youth 16 and older, that provides job readiness and life skills training which leads to a paid-in store internship at Old Navy stores.

2 days per week, April – May, at White Plains High School, 3:30 – 5:30 pm

Must be 16 or older, complete an application & interview and have valid work permit and employment verification documents.

At this time applications for this program are currently unavailable.

Workforce Development Academy for Youth (WDAY)

In partnership with the Westchester-Putnam Workforce Development Board, the WDAY Program (City of White Plains Youth Bureau) has offered personal, educational, and professional services to eligible youth 16-24 years of age since 2004. The professional services are guided by the federal legislative orders inherent in the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. (WIOA) WIOA is landmark legislation that is designed to strengthen the workforce system which includes our rising young professionals.

WDAY career services are based solely on the Youth’s unique individual career goals and objectives. We work closely with our young adults to design and implement life strategies that lead to success. We take pride in providing genuine support as they work to launch their individual careers to advance and achieve financial independence.

This program runs year-round, Monday – Friday 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

1. 16- 24 years of age 2. Out of School 3. Completion of the ES-100 Application 4. An Intake and Eligibility Assessment is conducted 5. Must be a US Citizen or approved to work 4. Current NY Photo ID and Social Security Card required.

  1. The WDAY Program provides Workforce and Professional Development support by means of Employment and Paid Internships in their career field sector. Salaries may vary.
  2. Financial Support and Achievement Rewards – Program participants qualify for Full Tuition Grants in pursuit of Certificate Training and financial incentives are offered to participating members that complete certificate training ($150) and secure employment ($200.00)

Please contact Hilary Blackman at 914 995-1985 or – applications may be obtained in person by appointment only.

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