Resources for Youth

Special thanks to our major donors:
Bolton Foundation
Wells Fargo

Here are some resources for young people interested in internship, job or other opportunities:

  • Ideal Youth

Ideal Youth places young people from the greater Pasadena Community into internship opportunities throughout the Southern California area. High school and college age students can find internship opportunities with engineering companies, legal offices and much more. For years now, Ideal youth has recruited and trained students to be summer interns in professional workplaces. Youth receive a multi-week training in workplace ettiquette, dress and deportment, customer service, interpersonal relationships and more. Young people placed through Ideal Youth are prepared to be meaningful, contributing members of the host company's staff. Ideal Youth places about 80 interns each year. Ideal Youth also has employment opportunities for some seleect young people following the summer internship opportunities.

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  • Ambassador Youth Program
Sponsored by the Office of the City Manager, Northwest Programs Division
The Ambassador Youth is a year round program for high school students between
the ages of 14-18 to provide training in basic work readiness through assisting at
City and private events. The Ambassador program also provides personal development
and college preparatory training opportunities.
Contact - Ashley Carrasco, 626-744-6879


  • Youth Council
Sponsored by the Human Services and Recreation Department
The Pasadena Youth Council is the advisory body for the City of Pasadena
that represents the youth of Pasadena. The Youth Council creates opportunities
for youth involvement in decision-making in the community on matters affecting youth.
The Youth Council meets on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday from 6:30-8:00 pm.
Contact: Maricela Galvez at 626-744-6524

  • Summer Rose Employment Program
Sponsored by the Human Services and Recreation Department
The Summer Rose Program takes place during the summer for
youth 16-21 years of age. Applications are available through
high school counselors at John Muir, Blair, Marshal Fundamental
and Pasadena High School.
Contact: Rozanne Adanto at 626-744-6530


  • Teen Education Center
Sponsored by the Human Services and Recreation Department
The La Pintoresca Teen Center offers tutoring with qualified staff,
field trips, computer lab with games, media programs, cooking classes
and other activities. The LPTEC also provides teens with the opportunity
to get involved in community and special events at La Pintoresca Park.
Contact: Yuriko Montes at 626-345-0708


  • Workforce Investment Act Youth Program
Sponsored by the Housing Department, Career Services Division
A year round program, providing eligible youth the support, education,
and training that will assist in identifying and developing career objectives,
while completing a high school education. Eligible youth must be 14 to 21
years of age, low income and must meet one of six barriers to employment.
The youth program emphasizes attainment of basic skills and opportunities
for academic and occupational training, and provides exposure to the job
market and employment.
Contact: Sarah Mendoza-Jaime at 626-584-8383


  • Public Health by Teens for Teens
Sponsored by the Public Health Department
The Public Health Department offers opportunities
for youth who are interested in a career in public health
and health care services. View our youth calendar with
events to promote public health in your community.
Contact: Mary Uretecho-Garcia at 626-744-6000


  • Teen Central
Sponsored by Pasadena Public Library, Central Branch
Pasadena teens have a new area to call their own, located
on the fourth floor of the Central library for youth 12-17 years
of age. Teen Central is a place to study, hang out and check out the
library's expansive selection of teen books, magazines, and DVD's.
Training on resume writing and college preparation are also offered.
Contact: Jane Gov at 626-744-4246


  • Fire Explorer Post
Sponsored by Pasadena Fire Department
A program for youth ages 14-21 that are interested in
the field of fire service.Training includes both classroom
and practical applications.Fire Explorers participate in
various local and national programs designed to provide
assistance to local members of the community.
Contact: Trey Sorenson at 626-793-1120


  • Explorer Program
Sponsored by the Pasadena Police Department
The Police Explorer program is for young men and
women ages 14-21 years of age. It's an opportunity
to give young adults the chance to work with officers and
employees of the Pasadena Police Department and their
community, and possibly continue towards a career
in law enforcement.
Contact: Corporal Glenn Thompson at 626-744-3743


  • Junior Police Safety Academy
Sponsored by the Pasadena Police Department
The Pasadena Junior Police Academy is a joint venture between
the Pasadena Police and Fire Departments in which 40 Pasadena are a youth
participate in a five-day academy, our participants experience interaction
with both Police and Fire personnel and learn firsthand what these professions
involve and career opportunities that are available.
Contact: Community Services Section at 626-744-4551


  • Pasadena Athletic League
Sponsored by the Pasadena Police Department
The Police Activities League sponsored activities such as
arts and crafts, computer classes local, state and national
tournaments in basketball, golf, karate, soccer, and softball.
Contact: Lieutenant Eduardo Calatayud at 626-744-6485


  • MASH (Maintenance Assistance to Senior Homeowners Program)
Maintenance Assistance and Services to Homeowners (MASH),
consisting of men and women in a unique training program,
provides numerous services to home owners as well as business
owners and city departments.
Contact: Joe Padilla at 626-744-4620