YouthForce is a unique career development program integrates adult coaching and mentoring, skill-building workshops ,and service learning, with hands on work experience in paid internships to develop the assets and competencies that under-served teens need in order to realize their educational and professional potential.

TeamWork Program

The TeamWork Internship Program is a unique partnership between Boys & Girls clubs of Portland YouthForce and Timbers FC, offering teens meaningful entry-level work experiences with the Guest Services Department during Timbers and Thorns games. Interns are supported by adult mentors, positive peer and professional networks, and receive on the job training.

YouthForce University

YouthForce University is our training arm, offering un-paid workshops and drop-in hours that prepare teens for life after high school. We collaborate with community partners to support youth with college and career planning, networking, financial and workplace etiquette, and community engagement. Youth are also encouraged to discuss social justice and equity.

Career Internship Program

The Career Internship Program consists of mentored placements at local employers. Teens build job skills, explore career paths, and develop a network that they can use to launch their careers after college.

YouthForce is now accepting applications for the TeamWork Program!

Applications due January 15, 2017

To apply for the YouthForce program:

  1. Complete the application
  2. Email applications to Rachel Centariczki, Director of Teen Programs – YouthForce at rcentariczki@bgcportland.org