The Hampton Roads Workforce Council is committed to helping to prepare the emerging workforce for meaningful and successful occupations of the future. Through participation in NextGen Pathways, as well as in-school and out-of-school year-round programs designed for youth ages 14-24, participants learn workplace readiness and academic skills essential for reaching their career goals.

Upon completion of the Hampton Roads Workforce Council's youth and young adult programs, many students move on to post-secondary education and find employment through NextGen Pathways hosted recruitment events for local employers.


NextGen Opportunity Fair

The NextGen Opportunity Fair provides teens and young adults with an opportunity to gain access to employment, volunteer, and post-secondary education opportunities in the region. The Fair attracts more than 300 attendees and more than 80 vendors annually— successfully connecting businesses and organizations with the emerging workforce.

NextGen Regional Internship Program

The NextGen Regional Internship Program provides internship opportunities for youth and young adults in Hampton Roads. The nine-week paid internship program currently supports residents of Portsmouth and Chesapeake — ages 16 to 21. Participants gain valuable experience in a variety of industries throughout the summer.

Career Guidance Academy

The Hampton Roads Career Guidance Academy is a three-day program that shares information on in-demand careers of the future and provides educators and guidance counselors with a blueprint on how to best prepare the emerging workforce. Academy participants receive labor market information on the needs of various industries, learn the requirements for entry into careers and gain insight into cutting-edge opportunities currently available in Hampton Roads.

WIOA Youth Programs

Funded by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, the Hampton Roads Workforce Council offers year-round youth programs:

Youth Contractor Zone - Youth Program Contractor Manual 

If you would like more information on scheduling recruitment events, group tours, or a speaker to visit your program please fill out the form by clicking HERE.

Are you a youth needing assistance?  Please connect with us through our Youth Registration form.

For additional assistance, please contact Youth Program Coordinator, Amanda Green, at 757-314-2370 ext. 105 or