Create a Road Map to Success

YouthForce University (YFU) is a career readiness program teens participate in alongside of their YouthForce internships. Interns benefit from career development, college preparation, financial literacy, personal development, and community service. YFU offers educational workshops, career development events, and a biannual Teen Employment Conference to equip interns with post high school plans. We create opportunities for interns to connect with a variety of professionals throughout Seattle who offer career mentorship in a “non-work” environment.

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Key Benefits

Career Development:  Educational workshops and partnership events provided to teens as they explore their career passions, goals, and interests.

College Preparation: Resources provided to support teens as they build their bridges from high school to higher education.

Personal Development:  YouthForce offers resources and mentorship that address key needs of teen development.   

Financial Literacy:  Through a partnership with KeyBank, employee volunteers facilitate workshops to educate teens about personal financial planning and awareness. 

Community Service: YouthForce teens are strongly encouraged to give back to their communities.  Periodically, YouthForce organizes community service projects.

YouthForce University Levels

YouthForce University consists of six levels: 1 Basic Work Skills, 2 Career Goals, 3 Portfolios, 4 Teen Employment Conference, 5 Career Skills, and 6 Post High School Plan.

Interns can complete various levels through participation in events, workshops, and conferences hosted by YouthForce and in collaboration with leading companies and community organizations throughout King County. We prepare interns with business etiquette skills, financial education, resumes, cover letters, job applications, interview coaching, networking, career exploration, college readiness, and more.


YouthForce University is supported by funding from The Starbucks Foundation’s Youth Leadership Program and KeyBank Foundation. Thank you to Starbucks and KeyBank for supporting education opportunities for over 300 King County teens annually!

YouthForce University events are supported by many of our corporate internship partners and local non-profit organizations, We would like to specifically highlight our partnership with KeyBank, Starbucks Coffee Company, PwC, Seattle Sounders FC, and The University of Washington Dream Project who frequently partner with us throughout the year.

Learn more about our YouthForce University Partners