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 10 - August 18, 2023.

SYEP is made possible by the
Northwest Regional Investment
Board (NRWIB) giving youth
valuable work experience, 
connections to professional 
networks and job readiness.
  • 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 up to 20 hours per week
  • Strengthen leadership skills during the six-week experience

Summer Youth Employment Program  

For eligible youth 14 - 24 years old. Operates for six weeks from July 10th - August 18th. Participants work up to 20 hours per week and make $15 per hour.
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
  • Copy of applicant's Social Security Card
  • Copy of applicant's school ID with photo or passport 
  • Copy of applicant's most recent report card
  • 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 a foster child
  • Being pregnant 
  • Parenting a child
  • Being homeless or a runaway
  • Being justice involved (with CSSD, DOC, etc.)
  • Being an English language learner
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
    • Applies to all CT students
  • Current tax return form
  • Financial assistance letter
  • Proof of special education, IEP or 504 status
  • Proof of foster care 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 203.364.4502.