Newtown Youth and Family Services

Summer Youth Employment Program

The Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) is the nation's largest youth employment program, connecting local youth 14 - 24 years old with paid work experience from July 8th - August 16th.

SYEP is made possible by the
Northwest Regional Investment
Board (NRWIB) giving youth
valuable work experience, 
connections to professional 
networks and job readiness.
  • Develop resume, enhance interview skills and build financial literacy
  • Educate, employ and empower tomorrow's leaders
  • Explore different interests & career pathways
  • Gain professional support from a trusted mentor
  • Develop productive workplace habits while working 20 hours per week for minimum wage
  • Strengthen leadership skills during the six-week experience

Applications due Friday, May 31st




Summer Youth Employment Program  

For eligible youth 14 - 24 years old. Operates for six weeks from July 8th - August 16th. Participants work 20 hours per week and make $15.69 per hour (minimum wage). 
There are limited spots available and youth must fit the criteria listed below.

Application Documentation
The following documents are required:
  • Copy of applicant's Birth Certificate or State ID
  • Copy of applicant's Social Security Card
  • Copy of applicant's School ID, State ID or Passport 
  • Copy of applicant's most recent report card, IEP or 504 Plan (if applicable)
  • Copy of applicant's green card (if applicable)
Categorical Eligibility
Youth must self-attest to at least one the following:
  • Having a disability meeting criteria outlined in WIOA eligibility directives
    • Involved in special education
    • Have an IEP or 504 Plan
  • Being pregnant 
  • Parenting a child
  • Being homeless or a runaway
  • Being justice involved (with CSSD, DCF, DOC, etc.)
  • Being an English language learner

Self-Attestation Form

Low Income Status Eligibility
Youth must provide documentation for at least one the following:
  • Proof of low income status
  • Proof of free or reduced-price school meals
  • Current tax return form
  • Financial assistance letter
  • Proof of special education, IEP or 504 status

Applicants will be contacted by Nancy Ruhs, Youth Employment Program Coordinator & Mentor once their application has been approved. For more information, please email or call (203) 731 - 7749.


SYEP orientation will take place Monday, June 17th 3:00 - 4:30 PM or Tuesday, June 18th 9:00 - 10:30 AM. Accepted applicants must attend one of these sessions.



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