Houston Youth Workforce Council

The Houston Youth Workforce Council educates, trains, and facilitates career exposure and placements for youth by utilizing evidence-based practices, collaboration with youth development partners, and educational systems for collective impact.

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Convene and connect public, private, and philanthropic workforce stakeholders to facilitate alignment of advocacy, programs, resources, and services that provide youth and young adult populations, ages 16 to 24, with skills, education, and opportunities needed to succeed in today’s complex labor force.

The Houston Youth Workforce Council addresses these focus areas:

Quote from Mayor Sylvester Turner

An able and ready workforce is critical to ensure a strong economic future for Houston. I am committed to providing access to internships and job opportunities for our young people who live in the city.
Mayor Sylvester Turner
Mayor Sylvester Turner


Maintain and promote relevant workforce opportunities for youth and partners internally and externally to the City of Houston.


Data, Impact & Tracking

Identify baseline data points associated with sub-goals to further enhance council mission.


Access & Training

Provide youth and young adults with access to employers, post-secondary education institutions, and skill-building opportunities through programs, services, support, and resources that uplift, upskill and help them find gainful employment and become productive citizens.



Use best practices and strategies for fundraising, grant opportunities, resource coordination, and policy implementation that impact youth and young adults.


Exposure and Experience

Expand opportunities for young people to learn various career pathways while increasing job and career placement through internships, pre-apprentice and apprenticeships, entrepreneurship and mentorship experiences.