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 during the summer.

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

Accepting applications in Spring 2024!


Summer Youth Employment Program  

For eligible youth 14 - 24 years old. Operates for six weeks during the summer and fall. Participants work up to 15 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) 270 - 4335.

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