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
Bank of America