Remember your First Job?
Serving burgers, selling lemonade, or mowing lawns for the summer...
We all know how important a first job or internship can be for shaping a future career. For local youth, Summer19 is a 10-week employment opportunity from June 17th - August 23rd that sets the stage for a life-long career, opens doors to new industries, and provides mentorship critical to building professional networks.
Through the program, more than 80 businesses have employed and mentored youth who gained meaningful work experience and income. This equates to more than 20,000 hours of work experience and $220,000 invested in our youths' future success and local workforce.
Summer19 is increasing opportunities for local youth, and you can help!
Become a Summer19 employer and provide on-the-job training and mentorship that serve as the critical "stepping stone" youth need to increase their marketability in today's competitive job market.
Employers commit to:
- Attending two events: an employer orientation on 4/3/19 or 5/15/19 and a Match-Day Job Fair on 5/22/19
- Paying youth employees an hourly wage of either $10/hour or $12/hour, based on completion of a high school degree or equivalent, for a minimum of 20 hours per week. The total cost is estimated at $2,000-$2,400 per youth employee based on a 20-hour work week.
- Providing supervision and mentorship of youth employees during the employment period (June 17-August 23)
Benefits to your business:
- Trial period for long-term employees: If you are considering hiring new employees, you can think of Summer19 as a trial period for a new employee. You are not required to hire youth employees beyond the summer, but we love it when employers do!
- Complete your summer projects: With access to temporary summer employment, it is an excellent time to take care of those projects that don't get done during the rest of the year.
- Extra support during the summer rush: Does your business experience a summer influx of work? Youth employees are here to lend a helping hand.
- Feel good about giving back to the community: By participating in Summer19, you are contributing to the growth of the Washtenaw County economy and supporting the next generation's career development.
- Networking with other local businesses
We are here to help throughout the summer:
We know bringing on a younger employee may come with hesitation. Rest assured, we are here to help! Without the support of local employers and businesses, Summer19 would not be possible. Your experience is important to us. Program staff are available throughout the summer to help you and your employee navigate the program, hiring, onboarding, and HR processes.
All youth employees will be equipped with the following:
- Reliable transportation
- Help obtaining proper forms of identification for I-9 form completion
- Completed work permits
- Ten hours of Soft Skills professional development training to prepare them for work, including:
- Attendance, punctuality, and attire
- Conflict resolution
- Interview skills
But don't take our word for it
Important Summer19 Dates:
- May 10, 2019: Employer Interest Forms Due
- April 3, 2019 or May 15, 2019: Employer & Supervisor Orientation from 9:00 — 11:00am
At orientation, all Summer19 employers from across Washtenaw County come together to learn about program goals and intended outcomes, meet staff members and Success Coaches, and engage in on-boarding activities. Orientation will serve as an opportunity for employers to ask questions as they prepare for hiring a young person.
- May 22, 2019 — Interview Day with youth employees from 5:00 — 8:30pm
Supervisors will interview interested candidates for their position(s). Youth receive job descriptions in advance. After 5-7 "speed interviews", hiring supervisors and youth will complete ranking forms to give input into which youth would be a good fit for their positions. Program staff will then "match" employers to youth.
- June 17, 2019: Youth begin work on site
This will be the first day youth employees report to their site for work. The employer will be responsible for any additional on-boarding from that point on.
- July 17, 2019: Mid-Summer Celebration
Please join us for a mid-program engagement event with youth, families, and community members.
- August 22, 2019: End-of-Summer Celebration
Help us celebrate the success of our young people!
- August 23, 2019: Last official day of employment
What you'll need to know when applying:
- Contact information, including a phone number and email address, for the direct supervisor
- Brief description of the job including expected responsibilities and eligibility requirements requirements (e.g. over 18 years old)
- Schedule requirements
- Job site location & accessible bus routes
Learn More About What to Expect:
- Ann Arbor Community Foundation
- Ann Arbor SPARK
- Ann Arbor YMCA
- City of Ypsilanti
- Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan
- Growing Hope
- Superior Township
- SOS Community Services
- United Way of Washtenaw County
- Washtenaw County Sheriff
- Washtenaw County Public Health
- Washtenaw Community College/Parkridge Community Center
- Domino’s Pizza
- Family, Implant & Cosmetic Dental
- Kensington Hotel
- Michigan Works! Southeast
- St. Joseph Mercy Hospital
- Synergy Broadband
- U of M Library
- Ypsilanti Community Schools
- Ypsilanti Food Co-op
- Ypsilanti Housing Commission
- Washtenaw County
- Washtenaw County Road Commission