Orange County’s Youth Earn and Learn Program

Earn and Learn Program

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Orange County’s Youth Earn and Learn Program

Learn how to start your own business while earning wages!


Want to learn how to start your own business while earning $13 per hour?

Last month, the County of Orange launched the Earn and Learn program, a free innovative workforce model that gives youth the opportunity to earn wages while learning modern-day workforce skills to prepare them for the future.

COVID-19 continues to negatively impact our communities in many ways. Our youth, in particular, have had to adapt to online connectivity for all their courses and have experienced limits on extracurricular and recreational activities to help them learn new skills.

The Earn and Learn program is a great model designed to equip youth participants with the proper workforce development training to successfully transition into adulthood. Below you will find more information on the program and on how to apply.


Program Overview

The Earn and Learn program is a 10-week entrepreneurship academy delivered online. Courses are delivered live by instructors with professional business experience who guide students through the process of turning a skill or idea into a business venture. Students will learn the fundamentals of business and graduate the academy with a prototype, business plan, and venture pitch.

Skills Learn

Youth enrolled in the program will receive a free laptop and earn wages for participating in the following:

    • Skills Training

    • Financial Literacy

    • Leadership Development

    • One-on-One Mentorship

    • Entrepreneurship

Program Eligibility

Orange County Youth, ages 14-21, must be enrolled in the Ready S.E.T. OC Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Youth Program to apply for the Earn and Learn 10-week academy program. To review eligibility criteria or to sign up for the Ready S.E.T. OC WIOA Youth Program, please visit


The first academy for the Earn and Learn program began on August 31, 2020. The next academy will begin in November. Enrollment will be on a quarterly first-come, first-served basis. Students will be able to choose among various days and times for their weekly classes.


Eligible students can apply here.



Supervisor Andrew Do's Signature


Vice Chairman, First District

Orange County Board of Supervisors


Earn and Learn Program