The Summer Youth Employment Program

The key purpose of the Summer Youth Employment Program is to provide Broward County's young men and women with a summer-long adventure that is more than just a job, but a true learning experience, with lessons about how to obtain a job, how to keep a job, and how to turn any job into an investment of time and effort for the future. Summer Youth Employment Program participants learn how to dress for an interview, how to conduct themselves in a professional manner, how to value their time commitments to a job, and how to make the most of their translatable skills from any such opportunity.

The Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP), which is primarily funded by Children's Services Council of Broward County, provides Broward County youth between the ages of 16 and 18 with paid summer employment, specifically for an eight-week period between June and August. Prospective applicants must meet other eligibility requirements and then the final selection is by random lottery against the pool of qualifying applicants on a first-come, first-serve basis. Selected participants work in clerical, custodial, assistant, or aide roles with government agencies, libraries, parks, and private non-profit companies such as day care centers and museums.

SYEP also includes a three-day, paid training period which focuses on job readiness skills and expectations. Enrollment traditionally occurs in January for the following Summer's training and employment period; check back on this page for specific announcements on scheduling, eligibility, special opportunities, and so on.

Information for Current and Past SYEP Participants

Primary SYEP Funder

Additional SYEP Funders

City of Fort Lauderdale

City of Pembroke Pines

Broward County

Bank of America


What Employers are saying about SYEP Participants:

"Frances has shown the ability to establish excellent rapport with many different individuals including staff, customers and volunteers. Frances is self-motivated, responsible and volunteers to jump in and help out with any task (from the mundane to the challenging). She works easily with minimal supervision and has been a true asset to our organization."

- A. Lowrey
Library Specialist ll 
Head of Circulation Services

"Saika has shown the ability to communicate well with various members of the public, to include people from different professions. Saika has excellent people skills and demonstrated the willingness to assist people. She is self-assured and conducts herself in a very professional manner. Additionally, has acted in a responsible manner and carried out a variety of tasks assigned to her in a very conscientious and expeditious fashion. Her demeanor compliments the professional office environment she was tasked to assist in, which supports the Mayor and Commissioners, other official City staff members as well as the general public."

- A. Hammond
Deputy City Clerk


Youth Applications

The Summer Youth Employment Program application is now closed.

For questions about the program, call (954) 202-3830.   

Hiring Summer Youth

SYEP is no longer recruiting employers for the 2019 Summer Youth Program. For more information, please contact SYEP staff at (954) 202-3830, ext. 3021 or 3020.