2021 Youth Work Program

In partnership with many area agencies, Pittsylvania County is supporting a summer youth work program that will provide meaningful work experience for approximately 25 Pittsylvania County High School and post-graduate students. Interested students had the chance to apply for individual positions on MajorClarity.

This program is the result of collaboration between Pittsylvania County Schools, the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research, Pittsylvania County Community Action, the West Piedmont Workforce Development Board (WPWDB), and Pittsylvania County. Dr. Julie Brown, Director of Advanced Learning and Research at the Institute, developed the program structure. The West Piedmont Workforce Development Board will serve as the lead agency and fiscal agent and provide intern support services while the Institute will provide project facilitation and evaluation services. 

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“Work-based learning experiences such as job shadowing, internships and apprenticeships, are critical to helping youth explore career opportunities and gain experience,” said Dr. Julie Brown from the Institute. “These opportunities also provide employers with access to the emerging talent pool and are an effective low-risk recruitment strategy.”

After the City of Danville recently announced a program for area youth, Banister District Supervisor Charles Miller requested that Pittsylvania County staff work with area agencies to develop a similar opportunity for Pittsylvania County youth.

"I wanted to make sure that Pittsylvania County youth have opportunities to get meaningful work experience over the summer, and I am thrilled with the role that Pittsylvania County gets to play in making that happen," said Charles Miller, Banister District Representative on the Board of Supervisors. "I believe that this program will be mutually beneficial for the agencies involved and the driven youth who are selected.

What will the interns do?

Participants have been placed in different work environments with Pittsylvania County, Pittsylvania County Schools, Pittsylvania County Community Action, the Institute, and other area agencies depending on factors like career interest, transportation, skills, and availability. Each participant will earn a $2,800 stipend throughout the course of the eight-week program, which will run from June through the end of July.

Regardless of the individual positions, students will receive career coaching, go through a week-long work readiness bootcamp, and have debriefing times together. Some of the positions that are open for Pittsylvania County are with the following departments: 

Other positions include: 

Can I hire an intern for my business?

While all of the intern positions have already been established and filled for 2021, we are looking for additional employers in Pittsylvania County and the City of Danville that can provide internship opportunities in future years! If you think that you have work within your business or organization, we want to partner with you! The work environment must be safe and supervision will be required. Staff from the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research and the Workforce Development Board would need to conduct a site visit to ensure that the work environment is safe. 

If you are interested in having an intern for your business in 2022, please email Barry Richmond at erichmond@rossworks.com.

How do I sign up for MajorClarity? 

All positions have been filled for the 2021 internship program, but be sure to check back in 2022 for openings! For students at Pittsylvania County Schools who have never used MajorClarity, please follow these steps to sign up and view and apply for available positions: 

  1. Visit the Major Clarity Platform 
  2. Click the button that says "Sign in with Clever" 
  3. Select your school name and fill out the prompts. 

Please DO NOT create a new account; either sign in using Clever or Google. 

Where does the money come from? 

The Pittsylvania County Youth Summer Work Program is made possible through funding from various sources and agencies, including: 

  • A contribution of as much as $75,000 from Pittsylvania County
  • A $10,000 contribution from Institute on behalf of the Dan River Region Collaborative (DRRC) 
  • WIOA funds for eligible out-of-school youth participants from the WPWDB