Learn & Earn

Learn and Earn - A Program of the Chemung County Youth Bureau

The Chemung County Youth Bureau's Learn and Earn Program provides youth program participants with an opportunity to strengthen their ability to become self-sufficient and responsible through a series of basic life and job skills training that will benefit them in a variety of life settings. The goal of the Learn and Earn Program is to enable youth to see themselves as respected, successful, contributing members of the community and workforce with strong goals for their future.


The program serves income-eligible, Elmira City School District youth ages 14 to 18 who are currently enrolled in high school. The program operates in 4 sessions throughout the school year. Income eligibility is based upon the NYS Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance Department in regards to the Temporary Assistance (TANF) for Needy Families Program. Youth program participant's family income must be at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty guidelines.


Each session of Learn and Earn consists of a 20-hour curriculum designed to teach students basic life and job skills that will assist them in becoming self-sufficient adults and in gaining meaningful employment. Program workshops take place for one hour after school. Students are not considered employees of the Youth Bureau for this program. In addition to income guidelines, eligibility for this program is based on attendance, appropriate behaviors, and attitude. Students who successfully complete the 20-hour training will receive a stipend (based on the hourly minimum wage rate). This stipend will be provided in two installments. Students must attend at least 18 of the 20 hours of training in order to receive payment. For more information or questions about the Learn and Earn Program call 607-737-2907.