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 now 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.
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.
SYEP is open to approximately 350 youth participants who will receive minimum wage ($11 per hour) to work 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. Additionally, participants will be provided with supports like bus passes, required clothing/tools and case management.
“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 14-21.
Among the 120 participating businesses are CLiCK, Connecticut College, Connecticut Tigers, Davis Place, A Dog’s World, Douglas Manor Nursing Home, Eastern Connecticut State University, The Garde Arts Center, Goodwill, Johnny’s Clam Shack, New London Public Schools, New England Science & Sailing, Quinebaug Valley Community College, Salvation Army Camp, the Slater Museum, Thompson Ecumenical Empowerment Group (TEEG), Vanderman Place, Windham GROW, Walgreens, Windham Heights Community Learning Center, Windham Public Schools, local municipalities, and more. Job functions, which may also be remote, include human service assistants, clerical, library aides, museum aides, maintenance, customer service, technology assistance and computer repair.
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.