Salt Lake County Youth Summer Employment Program

SLCO-Youth-Summer-Employ-BlogBy Pat Berckman, Youth Services Division Director

Are you a youth between the age of 16-21 who needs a summer employment experience? Would you like to work in a professional environment in a county agency for work experience? Or maybe you are a parent who wished their youth had some structure and purpose this summer and could also earn some money!

For the second year Youth Services in conjunction with the Salt Lake County Library and 2014-08-15 13.48.03the Department of Workforce Services is offering a summer youth employment program for 50 refugee and high-risk youth. Selected youth will have an opportunity to work in participating county agencies and gain some meaningful work experience. The program runs from June 15- August 14 and youth will earn $8.50 per hour working about 20 hours per week. Training in job readiness and resume preparation will also be offered.

Participating county agencies include: Youth Services, Animal Services, Library, Health Department, Human Services Department Administration, Aging and Adult Services, Office of Community Innovation, the District Attorney’s Office, Parks and Recreation and USU Extension. This year the Home Depot has also agreed to participate as a community business partner.

2014-08-15 12.40.33This program began last year with 25 youth and was a huge success. Last year 100% of the 25 youth involved stated they would recommend the program to their friends, and thought the experience would help them to obtain other employment in the future. 75% of the county supervisors for the youth reported being very satisfied with their quality of work and all county supervisors reported they would participate again this year!

The City of Milwaukee launched a similar program in 2006. According to the March/April 2015 issue of Youth Today, students their ages 16-19 work in one of 13 city departments and learn about jobs in local government. Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett states that “the opportunity has been a life-shaping event and it’s important to give teenagers, particularly in economically distressed neighborhoods a chance to have that exposure.”

We are pleased to offer this as a part of Salt Lake County Youth Services and are grateful for the participation of our agency partners. Check out the application on our website if you or someone you know is interested. Summer Employment 2015 Flyer

Applications are currently being accepted for the Salt Lake County Youth Summer Employment Program. The program was a huge success 2014 with over 80 applicants interested in growing their job ready skills with Salt Lake County. We’re anticipating even more interest this year so we’ve had additional County agencies jump on board to fill open slots.

Apply here: http://tinyurl.com/slcosummer

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