EASTCONN’s 2020 Summer Youth Employment and Training Program (SYEP), a short-term summer work experience for eligible eastern Connecticut youth, 14 to 24 years old, is currently accepting applications.
The program is the result of a partnership between EASTCONN, New London Youth Affairs and Norwich Human Services, with funding received from the Eastern Connecticut Workforce Investment Board (EWIB). This summer program is expected to run from July 13 to Aug. 14, 2020, pending funding.
SYEP is open to approximately 350 youth participants who will receive minimum wage ($11 per hour) to work and learn for approximately 75 hours during July and August. More than a summer job, this is an employment opportunity, where youth are trained in the skills that employers are seeking, including worker safety training. Due to COVID-19, this year’s program will be mostly virtual, and will consist of online training; career exploration and planning; soft skill development; and remote community internships. There will be some in-person internships available to youth 18 years old and over at worksites approved to be open by the Connecticut Department of Economic Community Development.
Youth in the following towns are invited to apply: Ashford, Bozrah, Brooklyn, Canterbury, Chaplin, Colchester, Columbia, Coventry, East Lyme, Eastford, Franklin, Griswold, Groton, Hampton, Killingly, Lebanon, Ledyard, Lisbon, Lyme, New London, North Stonington, Mansfield, Montville, Old Lyme, Norwich, Plainfield, Pomfret, Preston, Putnam, Salem, Scotland, Sprague, Sterling, Stonington, Thompson, Union, Voluntown, Willington, Windham, Woodstock and Waterford.
“Participants learn valuable core employability skills that are transferable to any work experience and school situation,” said Cyndi Wells who oversees SYEP at EASTCONN. “The value of education, problem-solving, communication and responsibility are reinforced throughout a youth’s time in this program.”
The program is funded by EWIB, through a variety of state, private- and foundation-grant funds. Public and private worksites within the Willimantic, Danielson, Norwich and New London labor markets have committed to providing job experiences that are learning-rich. Additional funding has been received this year from the Connecticut Health and Educational Facilities Authority (CHEFA) to support first-time employment for low-income youth, ages 16-21.
EASTCONN is a public, non-profit Regional Educational Service Center that has been serving the education needs of northeastern Connecticut schools and communities since 1980. Learn more at www.eastconn.org.