Jobs & Interships

Jobs & Internships

Mom and Dad telling you to get a job if you want to buy that Skateboard or the cool new iPhone? Well, join the club! Lots of teens are looking for ways to earn some extra spending money and a chance to gain some independence.

Jobs & Internships

The Youth Project is hiring!

The Youth Project is hiring!

Work Ethic

Work Ethic

Common Interview Questions

Common Interview Questions

Sample:  Resume

Sample: Resume

The Interview

The Interview

To Help you get Started

To Help you get Started

Sample:  Cover Letter

Sample: Cover Letter

Sample:  Thank You Letter

Sample: Thank You Letter

Sample:  Achievements

Sample: Achievements

Looking for a Job?

Looking for a Job?

  • The Youth Project is hiring!

    The SCV Youth Project exists to provide a safe, nurturing environment where teens and families are strengthened, empowered and equipped with the tools they need to live successful and fulfilling lives.


    We are currently looking for a Program Coordinator to join our team.  Under the supervision of the Executive Director, the Program Coordinator will be responsible for overseeing the Peer Mentoring Program, assisting with community and student outreach, providing case management services and facilitating support groups.


    Specific job duties will include but are not limited to:

    –          Provide counseling to youth on local junior high and high school campuses

    –          Facilitation of weekly support groups on local junior high and high school campuses

    –          Conduct outreach/education (Classroom Presentations, Lunchtime Madness & Teen 411) on local junior high and high school campuses

    –          Supervision of Peer Mentor staff; provide support/guidance, training, group case review, case file review, etc.

    –          Create and maintain schedule/calendar of all Youth Project programs and events

    –          Update mental health and resource information on the website.

    –          Maintain professional relationships with school faculty, community partners and referral sources

    –          Provide ED with accurate reporting of statistical information on workshops, educational services, support groups and case management

    In addition, the Program Coordinator will participate on the Programs Committee, attend community networking opportunities when needed, and is an integral part of maintaining the integrity of the agency.  The Program Coordinator will also assist with collaboration with other agencies and advancement plans, and trainings for programs and other staff members.


    Qualifications Include:

    –          B.A in psychology, social work or related field

    –          Good oral and written communication skills and strong group facilitation ability

    –          Ability to provide individual, small group and family counseling services

    –          Knowledge of proper mental health record keeping; state and federal laws and

    regulations regarding the provision of mental health services

    –          Ability to organize work and meet service objectives efficiently

    –          MFT Intern, Licensed MFT or LCSW preferred but not required

    –          We prefer someone who is flexible, responsible, and able to work independently

    –          Strong computer skills and internet savvy

    –          Bilingual, Spanish/English preferred not required


    Hours: Full Time (30-40 hours/week)

    Salary: mid 30’s

    Please submit a resume via email to the address listed below.

    Kim Goldman, Executive Director

    No Phone Calls Please

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  • Work Ethic

    What is work ethic?

    Work ethic doesn’t just mean working hard, it is the character that you express in the work you do. It is the “quality” of your work.

    Work ethic is also:

    • A belief in the moral benefit and importance of work and its inherent ability to strengthen character
    • The quality of one’s work performance reflects one’s personal character.

    A good work ethic is expressed by:

    • Showing up to work on time
    • Giving advance notice of vacation time (at least two weeks or more if required by the company)
    • Respecting supervisors and other employees
    • Not asking, “What can the company do for me”, but asking “What can I do for the company.”
    • Not stealing from the company (This includes stealing time from your employer)
    • Leaving work at work and home at home
    • Being thankful for your job and realizing that you are fortunate to have it
    • Going the extra mile (doing more than you are asked to do).
    • Following the company policies
    • Speaking positively about and to your supervisor
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  • Common Interview Questions

    The point of an interview is to get to know each other, and to determine if there is a fit.  In order to accomplish that, there has to be a conversation that includes lots of questions.  We have listed a few common questions that will most likely come up during your interview.  Familiarize yourself with them, but be sure to add your own personality to the answers; remember to be honest and be yourself.  And most importantly, take a minute to get your thoughts together before you answer.


    “Tell me about yourself.”

    Make a short, organized statement of your education and professional achievements and professional goals. Then, briefly describe your qualifications for the job and the contributions you could make to the organization.

    “Why do you want to work here?” or “What about our company interests you?”

    Few questions are more important than these, so it is important to answer them clearly and with enthusiasm. Show the interviewer your interest in the company. Share what you learned about the job, the company and the industry through your own research. Talk about how your professional skills will benefit the company. Unless you work in sales, your answer should never be simply: “money.” The interviewer will wonder if you really care about the job.

    “Why did you leave your last job?”

    The interviewer may want to know if you had any problems on your last job. If you did not have any problems, simply give a reason, such as: relocated away from job; company went out of business; laid off; temporary job; no possibility of advancement; wanted a job better suited to your skills.

    If you did have problems, be honest. Show that you can accept responsibility and learn from your mistakes. You should explain any problems you had (or still have) with an employer, but don’t describe that employer in negative terms. Demonstrate that it was a learning experience that will not affect your future work.

    “What are your best skills?”

    If you have sufficiently researched the organization, you should be able to imagine what skills the company values. List them, then give examples where you have demonstrated these skills.

    “What is your major weakness?”

    Be positive; turn a weakness into a strength. For example, you might say: “I often worry too much over my work. Sometimes I work late to make sure the job is done well.”

    “Do you prefer to work by yourself or with others?”

    The ideal answer is one of flexibility. However, be honest. Give examples describing how you have worked in both situations.

    “What are your career goals?” or “What are your future plans?”

    The interviewer wants to know if your plans and the company’s goals are compatible. Let him know that you are ambitious enough to plan ahead. Talk about your desire to learn more and improve your performance, and be specific as possible about how you will meet the goals you have set for yourself.

    “What are your hobbies?” and “Do you play any sports?”

    The interviewer may be looking for evidence of your job skills outside of your professional experience. For example, hobbies such as chess or bridge demonstrate analytical skills. Reading, music, and painting are creative hobbies. Individual sports show determination and stamina, while group sport activities may indicate you are comfortable working as part of a team.

    Also, the interviewer might simply be curious as to whether you have a life outside of work. Employees who have creative or athletic outlets for their stress are often healthier, happier and more productive.

    “What salary are you expecting?”

    You probably don’t want to answer this one directly. Instead, deflect the question back to the interviewer by saying something like: “I don’t know. What are you planning on paying the best candidate?” Let the employer make the first offer.

    However, it is still important to know what the current salary range is for the profession. Find salary surveys at the library or on the Internet, and check the classifieds to see what comparable jobs in your area are paying. This information can help you negotiate compensation once the employer makes an offer.

    “What have I forgotten to ask?”

    Use this as a chance to summarize your good characteristics and attributes and how they may be used to benefit the organization. Convince the interviewer that you understand the job requirements and that you can succeed.

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  • Sample: Resume

    If you have been researching resumes, you know by now that there are multiple styles to choose from; but you’ve also noticed the information provided in each version, is consistent. It is perfectly acceptable to have a few variations of your resume and you can always tailor it for the needs of a particular position. Below is a SAMPLE.

    John Bruin
    25020 Avenue Stanford,
    Ste. #100 Phone 661-257-9688


    Objective: An entry level position in the food service industry

    Education: 2007 – 2009 Valencia High School Valencia, CA
    Currently Enrolled

    Languages: Bilingual English/Spanish

    Work experience:
    Mc Donald’s Restaurant Canyon Country, CA 2007 – 2008
    Food Server
    – Placed and served food orders
    – Provided excellent customer service
    – Handled cash register
    – Ensured that restaurant was clean at all times

    Valencia Auto Spa Valencia, CA 2005- 2007
    Auto Detailer
    – Washed and dried automobiles

    Volunteer experience
    SCV Youth Project Youth Council, 2006- 2009
    Boys & Girls Club, 2005- Current

    Summary of qualifications:
    – Bilingual. Fluent in English Spanish
    – Excellent customer service skills
    – Ability to work well under pressure
    – Excellent communication skills

    References Available Upon Request

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  • The Interview

    The interview process is nerve racking, for sure!  All the anxiety that you might feel leading up to your meeting, is natural and perfectly normal.  However, if you keep in mind that you are equally interviewing THEM as they are you, this can help ease some of the nervousness.  Yes, you are going to an interview with the hope of being hired to fulfill a certain need that the company has …but don’t forget, that you will be spending a lot at this job and need to make sure it’s a good fit for BOTH parties.

    A few tips to remember during the interview process:

    Dress to Impress!

    “You only get one chance to make a first impression”.  Make sure to dress appropriately for your interview; you may not need to wear a dress or a suit, if you are going to interview for a stock boy position or pizza delivery girl, but be presentable.  The way you value your appearance will translate into how you value the companies appearance.  Most people say, if you wouldn’t wear it to church or temple, you shouldn’t wear it on a job interview.  Use your instinct about what to wear.  Ripped clothing or shirts half tucked in/half out or if any of under garments are showing … probably not a good idea!

    Do your research!

    Nothing makes a future employer more excited, than to know you are a go-getter!  You can accomplish this impression early on, by showing the hiring manager that you took the time and energy to research the company.

    • Check out the website;  make notes to yourself about things (product, services, mission statement) that are listed on the site.  Refer to the site as you respond to questions.
    • Know the job you are applying for!  Read up on the job description, understand what you are going in to talk about.   Think about how your skill set can accomplish the needs of the open position.  Ask yourself “why would I be great for this job?” …  “why do I want to work at this company?”.  It’s ok if you don’t have the exact qualifications, but prepared to talk about what other things you bring that can be equally helpful
    • Ask questions.  Before you come to the interview, make a list of questions that you have about the company, the position, the working environment, etc.  You might very well get your questions answered during the interview process, but having a list in front of you of what you would like to know, will be helpful when the interviewee says, “Do you have any questions for me?”.  If he/she answered everything from your list, still try and come up with at least ONE question.  You can always start your answer with, “Wow, in reviewing my notes that I prepared before coming in, you answered everything I was curious about.  You were very thorough.  But I did have just one more ….”  Again, the purpose of this is to demonstrate your preparedness, and your ability to listen and absorb information as its being described to you.  Future employers like talking about the place they work (usually!), they like answering questions (helpful for them as they interview others in the future), they like to talk about themselves and their role at the company.

    Establish Rapport

    By establishing a rapport with your interviewer, you build “common ground” between the both of you. It is important to listen and be sensitive to the interviewer’s style. This can make communication easier and the whole interview more comfortable.

    Listen closely to the interviewer for cues on how you should act. Is he being formal or informal? How loudly is he speaking? What sort of information is he trying to solicit: general, professional, or personal? Once you’ve determined where the interviewer is ‘coming from,’ you can follow his or her lead.

    Try to speak with the same rhythm and tone of voice. Make some friendly observations about your surroundings. If the interview is conversational, make small talk about your interests, hobbies, or what you did last weekend. Be positive and upbeat. All of these will help both of you relax and establish a connection.

    It’s important to appear open and friendly as well. Give the interviewer a firm handshake if he offers it, and remember to smile. Make sure you look attentive, with good posture and consistent eye-contact.

    Follow Up

    A simple thank you note (via snail mail or email) goes a long way!  While you may not get the job, sending a thank you note is a classy/professional gesture.  Most people don’t think to do this, so if you send a letter (preferably in the mail), you will stand out.  And if the employer is still contemplating who to hire, your note might push your interview/resume to the top of the pile.

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  • To Help you get Started

    You can use the following template/form, to help you get started when collecting information to write your resume.  There are numerous variations to writing resumes, to some it’s a matter of personal style; but no matter what format you choose, you need to be able to readily recount your experience, education, goals and skill set.

    Resume Data Collection

    Personal Information
    Address: ____________________________________________________
    Phone Number(s): (h)____________________ (cell)___________________
    Email: ___________________

    Career Objective
    Sample A: To secure a challenging position in a professional office environment.
    Sample B: To secure an entry-level position in which my skills and talents will be utilized.

    Your Objective:_________________________________________________
    Presenting your Personal Traits
    Please review the form entitled “Personal Traits” and write down your top
    five personal traits.

    1. ___________________________________________________________
    2. ___________________________________________________________
    3. ___________________________________________________________
    4. ___________________________________________________________
    5. ___________________________________________________________

    Presenting your Specialized Skills
    Please review the form entitled “Skill Statements” and write down your top
    five specialized skills.

    1. ___________________________________________________________
    2. ___________________________________________________________
    3. ___________________________________________________________
    4. ___________________________________________________________
    5. ___________________________________________________________

    Work History
    Start with your most recent job and work your way back.

    1. Company Name: _____________________ City, State:____________
    Dates Employed: From (month/year) _______ To (month/year)_________
    Last Position Held: ____________________________________________
    Duties/Responsibilities: ________________________________________

    List at least one achievement with this company. This could be a positive statement from your supervisor, in writing or verbally, or an improvement you made to the company (look at the form entitled “Accomplishments/Strengths Statements” for examples): ____________________________________________________________

    2. Company Name: ______________________ City, State:___________
    Dates Employed: From (month/year) ________ To (month/year)_______
    Last Position Held: ___________________________________________
    Duties/Responsibilities: ________________________________________

    List at least one achievement with this company. This could be a positive statement from your supervisor, in writing or verbally, or an improvement you made to the company (look at the form entitled “Accomplishments/Strengths Statements” for examples): ____________________________________________________________

    3. Company Name: _______________________ City, State:___________
    Dates Employed: From (month/year) ________ To (month/year)________
    Last Position Held: ____________________________________________
    Duties/Responsibilities: ________________________________________
    List at least one achievement with this company. This could be a positive statement from your supervisor, in writing or verbally, or an improvement you made to the company (look at the form entitled “Accomplishments/Strengths Statements” for examples): ____________________________________________________________

    4. Company Name: _____________________ City, State:______________
    Dates Employed: From (month/year) _________ To (month/year)________
    Last Position Held: _____________________________________________
    Duties/Responsibilities: _________________________________________

    List at least one achievement with this company. This could be a positive statement from your supervisor, in writing or verbally, or an improvement you made to the company (look at the form entitled “Accomplishments/Strengths Statements” for examples): _____________________________________________________________

    Educational Background
    A. Name of School: ______________________ City/State:_____________
    Year: ______________ Coursework:_______________________________
    B. Name of School: ______________________ City/State:_____________
    Year: ______________ Coursework:________________________________

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  • Sample: Cover Letter

    John Bruin
    26921 Rainbow Glen Dr.
    Canyon Country, CA 91351
    (661) 257-9602

    Mary Turner
    Target Corporation
    26921 Rainbow Glen Dr.
    Canyon Country, CA 91351

    September 14, 2009

    Dear Ms. Turner:

    I am responding to your advertisement in The Signal dated September 12, 2009 for the entry-level position as a sales associate.  As my resume will indicate, I appear to fit the candidate description as outlined in your advertisement.  I have a strong interest in the position and I believe my background, qualifications and work experience appear to be well suited to your company’s specific requirements.

    Please accept my enclosed resume in consideration for this position. You may reach me at the above telephone number and email address.
    Thank you for your time.  I am looking forward to hearing from you.


    John Bruin

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  • Sample: Thank You Letter

    John Bruin
    26921 Rainbow Glen Dr.
    Canyon Country, CA 91351
    (661) 257-9602

    Mary Turner
    Target, Corporation
    16543 Magic Mountain Blvd.
    Santa Clarita, CA 91355

    Nov. 15, 2009

    Dear Ms. Turner:

    I want to thank you very much for interviewing me yesterday for the food service and cashier position. I enjoyed meeting you and learning more about the position.

    The interview strengthened my enthusiasm for the position and interest in working for Target. I believe my experience and skills fit nicely with the job requirements, and I’m certain I could make a significant contribution to the company.

    I would like to reiterate my strong interest in the position and in working with you and your staff. You provide the kind of opportunity I seek. Please feel free to call me at the telephone number listed above if I can provide you with any additional information.

    Again, thank you for the interview and for your consideration.

    John Bruin

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  • Sample: Achievements

    In writing achievements try to think about money saved or made, time saved for the employer, and verbal or written comments that were made about your contribution by co-workers or management.


    Examples of Common Achievements:

    • Successfully managed a diverse range of projects from conception through implementation.
    • Effectively prioritized and organized work loads in a constantly changing environment to meet daily and weekly schedules.
    • Commended by management on numerous occasions for the quality and consistency of my performance.
    • Created and presented an excellent image of the company and its services to customers, and coordinated and communicated well with clientele and management at all levels.
    • Commended by supervisor/management for the quality and consistency of my performance.
    • Made significant contributions to __________ in the production of ___________.
    • Was awarded Certificate of Excellence for my performance.
    • As an Apartment Manager: Established new inventory control, warehouse and order pulling systems. Also researched and found the most cost effective suppliers which resulted in a net savings of over 40% annually.
    • Reorganized department for more productive operation, including providing faster service with less returns.
    • If your work involved quotas and you surpassed your quotas, you could say something like: Was commended for exceeding the daily quota of # per day by #
    • Organized and implemented and efficient work flow system that resulted in significant cost savings.

    Examples of Common Strengths:

    • Career reflecting hard work, attention to detail and the ability to meet exact specifications as well as cost, quality and time objectives.
    • Positive and enthusiastic, able to communicate effectively with management at all levels and direct workers in a manner insuring maximum efficiency.
    • High motivational level, excellence of leadership technique, and professional attention to detail supplemented by the ability to influence and stimulate others.
    • Ability to create and present an excellent image of the company and its service to customers, and to coordinate and communicate well with clientele and management at all levels.
    • Expert organizer and energetic, aggressive communicator with a proven ability to accomplish the most detailed, sensitive activity while remaining with the prescribed policy.
    • Creative and energetic, capable of sustained effort necessary to see a project through from conception to completion.
    • Hard working, capable of 100% effort reinforced with solid and successful experience in all-around maintenance and repair.
    • Career reflecting total involvement, high motivation, persuasive interaction and communication with people, eagerness to work, and proven leadership qualities.
    • Multiplicity of experience and skills including carpentry, wood work, metals, plumbing, mechanics, general maintenance and repair.
    • Disciplined and well organized in work habit, with ability to function smoothly in pressure situations.
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  • Looking for a Job?

    Looking for a job? Not sure where to start.  Here are 10 steps to get you started. Good Luck.

    10 steps start to finish

    1. Ask for an application

    When you go to a business to ask for an employment application, dress as if you were going to an interview. Be courteous (say please and thank you.)

    If you speak to the manager, introduce yourself – make eye contact and give a firm handshake.

    2. Fill out the application

    This is your first impression – make it count. Your application should be easy to read and free of grammar and spelling mistakes. Ask someone else to review your application before turning it in.

    3. Turn in the application

    Dress nicely when you go to turn in your application. Ask for the store manager. If he or she is not available, ask whom you should leave the application with. Make sure you write down the name of the person you left the application with.

    4. Make follow-up calls

    A few days after turning in your application, call the business and ask to speak to the manager. When you speak to the manager, say: “Hi, my name is _______________. I turned in an application on ____________. I am very interested in the position and would like to have an opportunity to meet with you at your convenience.” Be prepared to tell the manager when you are available to meet. Chances are, the manager will say that he/she will get back to you. At that point, say, “Thank you for your time. I look forward to meeting with you.”

    *If you don’t receive a call in a week’s time, call back. (* Often, employers feel bothered if you call too often. Do not call every day – once a week is fine.)

    5. If you are granted an interview:

    Make sure you know exactly where and when the interview is being held. Ask the manager if there is anything else you need to bring with you.Thank the manager for the opportunity and tell him/her that you look forward to meeting. Look to the Form entitled “Successful Interviewing.” Remember, your goal is to get a second interview.

    6. Follow up

    A few days after the interview, send a “Thank You” letter to the person who gave the interview. This goes a long way and makes a lasting impression! Look in your packet for a sample “Thank You” letter.

    7. Second interview

    If you impressed the interviewer, you will likely be called in for a second interview. The reason for giving a second interview is for the interviewer to get a better feel of your personality and whether or not you will meet the company’s expectations.

    Review the “Questions to Ask” form. It is acceptable to write your questions on a notepad and refer to them during the interview.

    8. Job Offer

    Hopefully, you will receive a call from a company representative offering you a job. Make sure you know the exact start time and date.

    9. Work Permit

    In order to be employed legally, all individuals under the age of 18 are required to obtain a work permit. To do so, contact your high school or the school district office. For more information, click here.

    10. Denial

    You may receive a call or letter saying that you did not get the job. You may be upset, but it is unprofessional to let your negative emotions come through. Instead, tell the person that you are glad that you had the opportunity to interview for the position.

    11. Learn From Your Experience

    Whether you get the job or not, it is important to learn from your job seeking experience.

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The Youth Project prides itself on creating a safe, non-judgmental and confidential setting in which students speak freely and can be assured that the stories they share remain private. However, all students are informed that we are a mandated reporting agency, meaning: if we have reasonable suspicion that a child (under the age of 18) has been mistreated, we are required to file a report with the necessary agencies.

We will report when a student shares information on:
Physical Abuse, Emotional Abuse, Harm to Themselves, Sexual Abuse, Neglect, Harm to Others

All sessions are confidential. However, we are a mandated reporting agency and if a student expresses a desire to harm himself or others or if there is reason to suspect child abuse or neglect, we are obligated to report to the appropriate agency. ALL STUDENTS are reminded of this before every session.***


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