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Young Adults

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Are you a young adult living in Pierce County? Our free programs will build your life skills and kickstart your career!

Job Readiness & Exploration

Available services

  • Job search and job readiness assistance (writing a resume, interview preparation, building a career portfolio, leadership development)
  • Mentoring, guidance, life and career coaching
  • Career exploration and development assistance/Career assessment testing
  • Paid work experience/internship opportunities
  • Exploration into trades, skills or entrepreneurships

Education Services

Available services

  • Tutoring, study skills training
  • Post-high school planning
  • Post-secondary education support/educational planning
  • GED Services

Workshops & Skill Building

Available services

  • Occupational skills training and certifications to enhance your employability
  • Leadership development opportunities
  • Financial literacy education
  • Information and referrals to other resources (i.e., housing, childcare, food, transportation)
  • LinkedIn Learning, 20,000+ courses

Support Services

Available services

  • Orca Cards, for those experiencing transportation barriers
  • EMAP, 24-hour counseling & support
  • Tech support
  • Retrieving personal identification documents (Social security cards, Birth certificates, Drivers licenses)
  • Funding for items such as interview clothing and hygiene products
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Highlighted Services

Exceed Young Adult Workshops

Attend one of our weekly Exceed workshops for young adults, build your life skills and kickstart your career. Workshops take place every Thursday from 2:30p to 3:30p.

Connect to services

Suzanne Pak
(425) 591-2331

About this provider

Korean Women’s Association (KWA) provides culturally responsive employment case-management services for young adults age 16 – 24 who are not attending high school regularly, dropped out of high school, or high school graduates who are English language learners or have skills gaps and not in college or have a job. KWA empowers BIPOC youth to access skills training programs and paid internships in community health, behavioral health, in-home care, early learning, and social services through partnerships with MultiCultural Child Family & Hope Center and Answers Counseling. KWA also provides comprehensive assistance for young adult participants who face health, behavioral health, housing, food, child care, or other barriers. KWA and partners can provide bilingual assistance in Spanish, Vietnamese, Cambodian, Korean, and Russian.

Nicollette Roe
(253) 200-0798 (Call or Text)

About this provider

Northwest Education Access provides comprehensive and individualized support to help low-income young people build their own path to higher education and beyond. They partner with local community and technical colleges as well as high school or GED reengagement programs that support opportunity youth. Education Advocates support young adults in creating individualized education plans for their postsecondary goals and support young people long-term in finishing their postsecondary credential by providing a free, welcoming, and non-judgemental approach. Education Advocates can support career and program exploration, admissions processes, financial aid navigation, tutoring, connection to barrier supports, and navigating through academic disruption.

Christina Rupp
(253) 572-9008

About this provider

Palmer Scholars provides culturally responsive wraparound services to underrepresented young adults of color throughout Pierce County who are 18 years and older and have a high school diploma or GED. Palmer Scholars brings resources and expertise to provide streamlined, non-duplicative services while introducing participants to other youth initiatives available to them. Palmer Pathways Pre-Apprenticeship is a state-recognized apprenticeship prep program (Washington State Apprenticeship and Training Council, LNI) focusing on construction trades pre-apprenticeship and transition to apprenticeship, trades-based employment, and technical college education.

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Partner Programs for Young Adults

Please note: The programs listed below are offered through another provider and require an application through them. Please apply through their website instead of the general Youth application form on this page.

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Partner Program

Hire Pierce County: Next Gen Internship Program

Hire Pierce County: Next Gen provides valuable work experience and training to young adults ages 16-24 in Pierce County to support and prepare you for the next step in your career. With a choice in placement and the opportunity to meet many different employers, Hire Pierce County: Next Gen can connect you to businesses and organizations that fit your interests and career goals.

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Partner Program

Pre-Employment Transition Services

Pre-Employment Transition services are available to young adults with a documented disability who are currently enrolled in school. Specific eligibility requirements apply.