Jobs for Youth

We’re hiring young adults, ages 16-24, who are ready to take charge of their lives, their education, and their futures.

Are you experiencing homelessness, out of school, involved with DCF/DMH/DYS, or on probation? Come work in a paid 6-12 month job training program, learn skills, and receive support to advance your goals!

Apply here!

Refer a young adult

Frequently Asked Questions

More Than Words is a youth-led online and retail bookselling business that provides paid employment for young adults to prepare for meaningful careers. We are a nonprofit job training program where you’ll learn important job skills and also get paid to develop and implement plans for your future including education, housing, and career plans. Youth work here for 6-12 months in our core social and then graduate into the Career Services Program, where they are supported for an additional two years

More Than Words hires young adults between the ages of 16-24, who have current or past system involvement, including, the Department of Children and Families, Department of Youth Services, Department of Mental Health, Department of Transitional Assistance, the court system, or are out of school or experiencing homelessness. These young people are ready to work, be part of a supportive team and dedicated to moving their lives forward.

At More Than Words you will have two jobs: a Business Job and a YOU Job. In the Business Job you will receive training to process and ship online book orders all over the world, manage a cash register and provide excellent customer service, plan and run events, and go with our staff to pick-up book donations in our trucks. As you gain more experience, you’ll learn to facilitate meetings, run shifts, lead your peers, and train new co-workers. In your YOU Job, you will be paid to work on yourself. You will have an education plan, learn about life essentials like finding housing, keeping a budget, and opening a bank account and participate in workshops about employment, education and self-efficacy.

Download an application on our Youth Application Page and fill it out. Drop it off at one of our sites (242 East Berkeley Street, Boston, MA 02118 or 56 Felton Street, Waltham 02453) or email it to jobs@MTWyouth.org.

While you are working at MTW, we’ll help you map a plan for your future. After you graduate More Than Words you’ll move into our Career Services Program, where you’ll continue to get support for two more years to continue your education and build a career.

Career Service Managers will help you pursue the right education program for you. This could include s finishing high school, getting a trade certification, or pursuing post-secondary education, such as an Associate’s or Bachelor’s Degree. Career Service Managers will also support you in finding your next job and help identify and pursue a career pathway. MTW will continue to support graduates after the initial two years and will always be a resource for young people.

You’ll start by getting paid $11/hr, and will have an opportunity to earn raises by getting promoted.

Young adults work 15-30 hours per week. MTW is open 7 days a week and schedules are made weekly.

Any caring adult in a young person’s life can refer at youth to More Than Words. We get referrals from parents, foster parents, caseworkers, probation officers, guidance counselors, and more. Start on our Referral Page where you can download the referral form or fill it out online.

More Than Words is a provider of the Department of Children and Families, the Department of Mental Health, Department of Transitional Assistance and the Department of Youth Services to provide services to the young people you work with. Please see our Referral Page to learn more.

More Than Words only employs youth between the ages of 16 and 24.

Absolutely! Whether you’re a young person interested in a job or someone interested in referring a young adult, we’d love to have you for a visit and tour. Please contact us at jobs@MTWyouth.org to set up a visit or learn about upcoming open houses.

Please contact us at jobs@MTWyouth.org or call (781) 788-0035.

The biggest change I’ve experienced since starting at MTW is having more motivation. MTW helped me feel excited again. I looked forward to coming to work and that excitement had a positive effect on lots of other areas of my life. MTW is a play button from pause, it’s a second chance for many people like me.

Robyn, MTW Graduate