GROW Careers Crew
Formerly Youth Leadership Extension (YLE)
Providing meaningful paid work opportunities for youth
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GROW Careers Crew
The GROW Careers Program connects youth aged 16-24 with meaningful work experiences in the form of 4-8-week internships. The GROW Program is designed to benefit those in the beginning stages of their career and local nonprofit and social impact businesses in the region. Trellis for Tomorrow recruits and interviews youth, matches them with an intern opportunity, and supports the intern throughout the program.
The GROW Careers Program (formerly Youth Leadership Extension or YLE) has facilitated over two dozen internships with local youth and mission-aligned organizations since its inception in 2020. In 2022, we rebranded as GROW Careers – Getting Real Opportunities in the Workplace – to highlight the aim of building workforce development skills with our participants.
New for the 2022 season!
We plan to offer three internship sessions starting in the Spring of 2022. Details subject to change.
6 weeks, 10 hours/week for HS graduates or 18+
8 weeks, 20 hours/week for HS graduates or 18+
4 weeks, 15 hours/week for 10th grade or 16+
*Youth must live in Chester County
Fall cohort options will depend on funding and will be announced later in the summer.
Matching Young Talent to Local Needs
Trellis works to make the program as efficient and effective as possible for our inters and the host sites. Interested youth aged 16-24 submit an application to Trellis for Tomorrow. A Trellis staff member will interview the applicant to better understand their skills and career interests. Prospective intern hosts undergo a similar application and interview process. The combination sets the stage for Trellis staff to match interns and hosts with similar interests or needs. Once we think we have found a match, prospective hosts conduct their own interviews with aligned interns, and, if accepted, the intern chooses their final placement.
Ongoing Mentorship and Support
Trellis for Tomorrow provides a pre-internship session, weekly support meetings for all interns in both one-on-one and group formats, and a professional development workshop series. From resume assistance to networking and LinkedIn headshots, the GROW Careers Program helps local youth build a solid foundation for the rest of their career.
Throughout the internship, Trellis staff stays in communication with the host organization to ensure the internship is running smoothly and can act as facilitator should any miscommunications arise. We also stay connected with the youth after they have left their internship to continue to help connect them to opportunities for further education or work experiences.
Please note: for both hosts and interns, applying does not guarantee you placement.
Where the Placements Happen:
Since the inception of the YLE Program in 2020, 20 interns were connected with the following organizations:
Ann’s Heart in Phoenixville, PA
Coffee Closet in Norristown, PA
Green Allies in Pottstown, PA
Orion Communities in Phoenixville, PA
Pottstown Area Health and Wellness Foundation in Pottstown, PA
Trellis for Tomorrow in Phoenixville, PA
Coffee Closet with Barista Jake in Norristown
Innovation Training & Consulting, Ambler
Check out what our participants and hosts
had to say about their experiences:
“I definitely feel more confident going to college and knowing I’ll be able to use what I learned in the future for networking and internships & jobs. Additionally, I felt supported and comfortable throughout the entire internship process from the very start – even before being matched” – Angela, intern at Innovation Training & Consulting
“I appreciated having a resource that helped me better myself in the professional sense, with advice and mentors I can turn to with questions… I enjoyed getting to meet other individuals around my age and in similar situations to me. It made me feel less anxious about my future. I think most of the benefit I received from the program that I received is general advice about how to conduct myself in the professional setting.” – Sebastian, intern at Trellis for Tomorrow
“I had a wonderful experience, felt very welcomed and confident enough to try new things when applicable. I couldn’t come up with any improvements because it was great!” – Abbey, intern at Green Allies
“Outstanding experience with Trellis. Bob was a great partner…Loved and appreciated this opportunity, and I look forward to a shared, cooperative future!”
– Sean H., Executive Director, Barnstone Art for Kids
“[Abbey] fit right in and now is a member of this year’s student leadership team, working with 16 other high school students from 4 schools. The placement was perfect! Thank you.” – Ken H., Green Allies
Learn more about our partner organizations!
Because Trellis for Tomorrow SEED Skills youth programs are supported in part by federal funds, our participants are guaranteed certain rights by law. All of these rights, along with related grievance/complaint procedures, can be found in these documents.
1. Participant Rights and Grievance Procedures
2. Equal Opportunity Notice
3. Sexual Harassment Policy
4. Participant Civil Rights
Trellis for Tomorrow also has its own version of Equal Opportunity policies and grievance procedures. For a full copy of Trellis’s anti-harassment and discrimination policy, including grievance procedures, please click here. Should you require a translation of this document into another language or an audio version, or have questions or concerns, please reach out to our Executive Director at 610-886-4901. Thank you.