The Mayor's Summer Youth Employment Program prepares youth ages 14-18 for job via pre-employment workshops and matches them with employment opportunities where they can explore a profession, learn a skill, learn to navigate in a business environment, contribute to the community, and earn money. The program operates for six weeks in July and August. Youth workers work 25 hours per week and earn minimum wage.
Before youth are assigned to a worksite, they spend one week in intensive workshops learning appropriate business behavior, business dress and employer expectations. They also participate in financial literacy workshops so that they learn to manage the money they earn.