The success of Palmetto Youth Connections depends on:

High Schools

Palmetto Youth Connections can provide the additional support and assistance high school students need to achieve their diploma and prepare for their transition to college, job training, the military or employment. High school students enrolled in Palmetto Youth Connections will benefit from the following services:

Financial Assistance

  • Exam fees
  • Supplies
  • Background Checks
  • Transportation Assistance
  • Graducation supplies (Cap, Gown, Tassel)

Palmetto Youth Connections believes that students who earn while they learn stay motivated to complete their goals successfully! Students can earn incentives for achieving specific milestones:

  • WorkKeys
  • Passing certification exams
  • Completing Career Smart
  • Earning High School Diploma
  • Entering College, Employment or the Military

Career Smart
Palmetto Youth Connections offers career readiness training that focuses on the soft skills that are important to be successful employees on the job. Topics include:

  • Developing Effective Communication Skills: participants learn how to think critically through work related problems and learn how to communicate effectively with their employer
  • Increasing awareness of potential workplace safety hazards: NIOSH safety training helps young professionals identify potential workplace safety hazards and encourages safe work practices.
  • Problem Solving and Teamwork: Various group activities are offered during the program to promote problem solving skills, teamwork and effective communication.

Developing a Roadmap Towards a Successful Future

High School students are eligible for all of the services Palmetto Youth Connections has to offer! Participants are paired with a trained and Certified Career Coach who will provide guidance and support through the transition from High School to college, job training, employment or the military.


Developing partnerships with local businesses is imperative to our nation’s future workforce. Partnering with Palmetto Youth Connections will provide participants stable work experience, employment skills and job training that will make them competitive job candidates in today’s labor market.

Please contact us if you are interested in supporting our youth as they pursue their career goals.

Work Experience

Work Experiences are short-term structured learning experiences for young professionals with limited or no employment history.

Benefits of a Work Experience for Young Professionals:

  • Ability to gain hands on experience in a career industry of interest
  • Develop and practice work readiness skills in a professional environment.
  • Gain mentors and a network of contacts in the industry of interest.

Benefits to your business:

Each young professional participating in a Work Experience will work closely with a Career Coach who will monitor their job performance. At the end of the Work Experience you will have a potential job candidate who is trained specifically to meet your company’s expectations. Participants are monitored and evaluated in the following areas:

  • Attendance and Punctuality
  • Appearance
  • Taking Initiative
  • Quality of Work
  • Communication Skills
  • Teamwork
  • Critical Thinking
  • Workplace Policies and Safety

Community Organizations

Palmetto Youth Connections couldn’t serve youth without the support of its partners! If you are a Community Organization that thinks you can support the mission and goals of PYC, please contact us! We’d love to hear from you!