Youth Council

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About The Youth Council

The Youth Council is a subcommittee of the Board.  The Youth Council is an all-volunteer subcommittee and currently has over forty members that represent both public and private organizations that provide services to young people in our region. It meets quarterly.

The Youth Council’s Role:

  • Facilitate a strong network of youth service providers that understand the comprehensive services available to youth in the local region.
  • Open up the subcommittee to include all youth service providers especially those serving underrepresented.
  • Leverage partnerships to better serve youth and their families.
  • Foster collaboration amongst partners when developing grant proposals for new programming.
  • Recommending to the local Board eligible providers of youth activities to be considered for grants or contracts on a competitive basis.

In addition to these mandated requirements of the Workforce Investment Act our local Board through the Youth Council has several grants that provide the following:


The Workforce Investment Board, through a grant from the Department of Education, provides staff and support to local schools to place students in internships with local businesses that develop academic and workplace skills through the use of the Massachusetts Work-Based Learning plan. The Board places over 900 students a year through this initiative.


700-850 students participate in the School to Career Program annually. Local businesses provide work and learning opportunities and helped students connect academics to workplace requirements and measured students gain by using the Massachusetts Work-Based Learning Plan.

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One of the highlights of our School to Career initiative is our Women in Technology program. Each year approximately 25 young women from several schools in the region participate in an internship with Tyco Fire & Safety and Simplex/Grinnell Corporation in Westminster. Students focus on real projects such as product development, internal communication and WEB design.


Each year working with local businesses, community-based organizations and chambers of commerce we place students in summer jobs with work-based learning plans that connect academic achievement and workplace skills.

More than 250 youth have summer work and learning opportunities each year. The Youth Council offers subsidized summer jobs for eligible youth in Leominster and Fitchburg through the States Youth Works program.

The Workforce Board also convenes a Youth Employment Collaborative that has raised private sector funding for an additional 160 youth employment opportunities. The Montachusett Opportunity Council, Mount Wachusett Community College, LUK, Inc., The Community Reinvestment Act Coalition, the cities of Leominster, Fitchburg and Gardner and many local employers are major contributors to our efforts to provide unsubsidized summer youth employment opportunities.


Workers Credit Union opened a branch at Monty Tech, which included four student interns that were paid by Workers Credit Union as employees. Two seniors that graduated became full-time employees of the credit union while the juniors were relocated to two WU branches as part-time help for the summer.  This was a win-win situation.

  • Donna Larson
    Ace-Program, Oakmont Regional High School
  • Jon Blodgett
    Boys and Girls Club of Fitchburg and Leominster
  • Rocco Spagnuolo
    Department of Developmental Services
  • Mary Cooney
    Department of Labor
  • Jennifer Graves
    Department of Youth Services
  • Adam Johnson
    Department of Youth Services
  • Cathy Keese
    Department of Developmental Services
  • Melissa Rodrigues
    Department of Transitional Assistance
  • Karen Greenwood
  • Gina Wironen
    Leominster Public Schools
  • Trish Woodliff
    Leominster Public Schools
  • Judith Sumner
    Leominster Recreation Department
  • Carol Robison
    Leominster High School
  • Maurie Bergeron
    LUK, Inc.
  • Cassandra Foley
    LUK, Inc.
  • Thomas Hall
    LUK, Inc.
  • Anthony Muhnisky
    LUK, Inc.
  • Ryan Scott
    LUK, Inc.
  • Beth English
    MA Rehabilitation Commission
  • Rachelle Lappinen
    Mass EDCO
  • Kelley French
    MassHire North Central Workforce Board
  • Mike Gerry
    MassHire North Central Workforce Board
  • Jeff Roberge
    MassHire North Central Workforce Board
  • Shana Ftiz
    MOC. Inc.
  • Craig Elkins
    Mount Wachusett Community College
  • Angele Goss
    Mount Wachusett Community College
  • Briana Pena
    Mount Wachusett Community College
  • Nicole Conroy
    My Turn, Inc.
  • Maria LoBrutto 
    My Turn
  • Karen Gostenhof
    Polus Center
  • Kathy Tamburri
    Polus Center
  • Melissa Graf
    Shriver Job Corps
  • Yolonda Francois
    Shriver job Corps
  • Chelsea Slater
    Shriver  Job Corps
  • Diane Corkum
    The Institute of Professional Practice, Inc.
  • Brandy Goulkin
    The Schochet Companies
  • Fran Longton
    United Way of North Central MA
  • Rebecca Carrasquillo
    Upward Bound, Fitchburg State College
  • Adam keese
    Upward Bound, Fitchburg State College
  • Julie Primeau
    Upward Bound, Fitchburg State College
  • Dianelli Mendez
    Work, Inc.