CARE (Career Awareness Related Experience) Program

Partner Type

Education, Children & Youth

Description and Mission

The City of Columbia’s Career Awareness Related Experience (CARE) program’s goal is for Columbia’s youth to be ready to enter the workforce and become productive, self-sufficient citizens. Since 1982, the CARE program has provided comprehensive services for Columbia’s at-risk youth that include: • job readiness training • paid real-world hands-on work experience • mentoring • career exploration • money management training The CARE program hires at-risk 14- to 20-year-olds who live in the City of Columbia, MO and/or attend a Columbia, MO school and places them at local businesses, where they gain much needed real-world hands-on work experience while getting paid. One hundred percent of the trainees’ wages are paid by CARE, which is administered through the Columbia Parks and Recreation Department.


The CARE program is an excellent place for interns, practicum students, and volunteers to gain valuable experience. In addition, each summer, we hire approximately 15 summer job coaches, and being an unpaid intern often times leads to becoming a paid summer job coach (if that is something that interests you). Each semester, the CARE program benefits greatly from “employing” many unpaid interns/volunteers, and in return offers them many great learning experiences. The following interns are needed: • Human Services and Education Interns • Media and Marketing Interns • Assessment/Evaluation Interns • Work Site Development Interns • Summer Art Gallery Marketing/Programming Assistant Interns

Special emphasis and skills:

Math Proficiency, Reading Proficiency, Educational Counseling, College Preparation, Youth Emphasis, Pre-employment Counseling, Data Entry, Mentoring, Social Justice, Tutoring, Crime Prevention, Community Development, Writing, Not-For-Profit Management, Life Skills Training, Economic Justice

Contact Information:

Ron Schmidt, 701 East Ash Street

Armory Sports Center
Columbia, MO 65201
Phone: (573) 874-6377
Phone 2:(573) 874-6300
Fax:(573) 874-7640


How to Serve

I want to earn credit for service (through service-learning)

In order to earn credit while serving on this project, please contact the MU Office of Service Learning online by submitting this form or calling us at 573.882.0227.

I want to volunteer

If you want to volunteer with this agency, please contact them directly through the contact information listed above.