How the Job Bank Works
Essex Westford School District youth ages 13 - 17 may submit an application to have their name listed in the Job Bank. Paperwork and applications MUST also be signed by a parent or guardian. Essex/Westford residents may call YES! to request a youth to hire. There may be additional steps to insure the safety of all participants. This can include registry searches or criminal history checks. YES provides names of potential employers to youth members. The youth's parent or guardian contacts the employer directly.
Essex CHIPS does not screen employers or employees. There is no implied approval of the employer or youth. There is no implied recommendation of the skills of the employee. It is up to the student and their parent to decide if this job and/or employer are appropriate. It is up to the employer to interview and check references. Employers are encouraged to speak with the parent to determine whether the youth is capable of the job.
Employment requests consist primarily of temporary and part time work in the homes of area residents. Wages, hours, transportation, and any equipment needed must be agreed upon in writing by the employer, youth, and parents before beginning the job.
We encourage employers to call us with reports, both positive and negative. We also encourage youth and their parents to give us feedback about their employment experiences.
When a youth graduates from high school, they are automatically removed from the Job Bank. If a youth wishes to resign earlier they must call YES! to update their status.
CHIPS Youth Employment Services (YES) is a job bank for youth ages 13-17 in the Essex Westford School District. The purpose of the YES Program is to connect local youth to employment opportunities from adults in the community who need jobs done. Through CHIPS Youth Employment Services, youth can find opportunities to get paid for yard work, babysitting, pet care, house cleaning, and other age-appropriate jobs.
A first job teaches youth necessary 21st century skills they need to thrive. When young people have access to employment, the impacts can be seen community-wide. They experience and apply essential skills such as communication, time management, accountability, and effort, creating an easier transition to professional employment. Through YES, they can also develop community connections that encourage more engagement in community activities.