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City, Partners Seek Applicants for Summer Youth Jobs

The City’s Summer of Opportunity Program (SOOP) and RochesterWorks Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) are inviting youth to apply for summer jobs.

The program is seeking youth ages 14 through 20, who can apply by March 31.

“Rochester’s youth employment programs provide meaningful opportunities to nurture personal growth and foster career development skills,” said Mayor Malik D. Evans. “By teaching responsibility, independence, and a strong work ethic we can develop Rochester’s youth into a motivated generation of community leaders and businesspeople. I want to thank Monroe County and RochesterWorks for partnering with us on this important youth development initiative to help us create a safe, equitable and prosperous Rochester. ”

These programs offer 6 to 8 weeks of paid employment opportunities for youth who are currently enrolled in middle school, high school, or actively pursuing their high school equivalency diploma. Program participants will learn skills to prepare for the workforce and academic success.

After the application, participants will interview for paid summer jobs and/or internships. Past participating employers have included the City of Rochester, community organizations, colleges and local businesses.

“The Summer of Opportunity Program provides local youth with the valuable opportunity to gain experience and insight into potential long-term career pathways—along with the chance to make meaningful connections and income over the summer months,” said RochesterWorks Executive Director Dave Seeley.

Seeley says the organization is excited to continue partnering with the City of Rochester and to see how this year’s program enriches the lives of program participants and the community at-large.

The application process requires youth to submit the following documents prior to the deadline: A work permit; social security card; a school report card; and official ID, such as a school ID, driver’s license; non-driver ID, or a Safe Child ID.

Those interested in applying and learning more about the program, should visit CityofRochester.Gov/SOOP or call the Summer Youth Hotline at (585) 428-6366.


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