What is the Summer Youth Employment Program?

The New Castle County Summer Youth Employment Program (NCC SYEP) is a ten week summer youth employment program designed to engage low income New Castle County residents, 14 to 20 years of age in having a productive summer, filled with work-based learning that helps to launch their careers. Youth are exposed (many for the first time) to the world of work that enables them to learn about the variety of occupations available, in and around New Castle County.

Who is eligible to participate as a worksite/host partner?

Any organization type: community based/non-profit; private sector; public sector; government/municipal is able to partner with New Castle County as a worksite/host partner.

Who is responsible for paying the youth?

Your business will benefit from having a highly motivated youth in your workplace while providing them a crucial career building opportunity at no cost to you, however, there is an opportunity to support the NCC SYEP financially if you desire.

How many hours can the youth work, and how much are they paid?

Each youth has the opportunity to work between 20 to 25 hours a week, earning $10.10 per hour from July 2017 through mid-August 2017.

How are the youth selected to work in the program?

Applications become available in late February and can be accessed and submitted online, or printed and submitted via participation in various processing events. Selections are then conducted by a computerized lottery system in efforts to ensure the selection process is fair.

Is there a screening process to ensure the youth are ready for work?

Based on the information you provide NCC SYEP on your application, NCC SYEP staff try to place youth in areas that align with their career goals. Additionally, NCC SYEP provides all of its participants with an orientation prior to placement with a worksite to provide the youth with key information to be utilized while working for the program and in real life employment opportunities they can take with them. This orientation details the rules and regulations of the program as well as what is expected of them in the day to day world of work.

What does my organization get from participating as a worksite/host partner?

As a worksite/host partner you get the following provided by NCC SYEP staff: employer training, employer tool kit and handbook, and an employer liaison (NCC SYEP Coordinator) assigned to your organization to assist with any needs that may arise during the program.

What are my responsibilities as a worksite/host partner in the NCC SYEP?

  • Provide the following for each position: Job descriptions, Responsibilities, Performance targets
  • Place youth in meaningful employment opportunities.
  • Help youth acquire the personal attributes, knowledge and skills needed to obtain a job.
  • Provide adequate supervision to ensure a safe and successful work experience.
  • Provide leadership development opportunities which encourage responsibility and other positive social behaviors.
  • Allow youth to attend training hosted by the New Castle County Department of Community Services on work readiness and employment sustainability.
  • Prepare and submit timely reports to the County as required, not limited to timesheets, discipline, assessments and evaluations.

What criteria will be used to select worksites/host partners be selected?

NCC SYEP worksites/host partners will be selected on the following criteria:

  • A clearly stated mission.
  • Explicit work plan with fully defined programming for the entire period.
  • Accessibility of leadership via email, phone, and the ability to file online applications.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage, accurately monitor and submit payroll data.
  • Variety of skills developed, range of duties and tasks performed by the summer youth.
  • Exposure to industry training beyond the current workplace.

How does my organization sign up to participate as a worksite/host partner for the NCC SYEP?

If you have any additional questions; please contact New Castle County Summer Youth Employment Program at 302-395-5624.

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