FAQs

For specific FAQs, please go to the employer or youth FAQ sections.

Employer FAQs

What benefit is there to becoming a Summer19 employer?

By becoming a Summer19 Employer, you help area youth gain meaningful work experience and mentorship that serves as the critical "stepping stone" they need to increase their marketability in today's competitive job market.

What can I expect from my experience as an employer?

Throughout the duration of the summer youth employment program, U-M employers will be offered continuous support from Success Coaches. Success Coaches serve as the primary point of contact for employers and are able to help navigate the program and create a positive experience for you as an employer. U-M Human Resources will also be available to help troubleshoot issues that may arise.

Employing a young person for the summer youth employment program is a rewarding experience! New situations may arise, but program staff will help you navigate them. Please note that this program is part of a county-wide partnership and U-M employers will be required to travel of campus for a small number of programmatic events (see calendar of dates provided).

What are the expectations for employers?

Employers are expected to provide at least 20 hours of work per week from 6/17/19 - 8/23/19 at a rate of $10.00 or $12.00 per hour. Employers are responsible for compensation. In addition there are several activities and events throughout the summer that all employers must attend.

Can my business or organization offer more than one position?

Yes, you can request to hire more than one young person. Please be clear in the application if you will have multiple supervisors for the youth employees.

How much will it cost me to hire a youth for Summer19?

The hourly pay rate is either $10.00 or $12.00 per hour based on completion of a high school degree or equivalent, plus a small amount of taxes equating to roughly $0.78 per hour. The total employer cost is approximately $2,000-$2,400 per youth employee based on a 20-hour work week.

Do you provide stipends for agencies who want to participate, but are unable the full cost of hiring a young person?

If you are a business or organization who would like to participate but has limited funding, please fill out our application form and make note of your monetary limitations in the "additional information" section. While stipends do not currently exist, Summer19 is working hard to be able to provide stipends to organizations who are unable to meet the monetary contribution.

How are youth employees selected for the summer jobs program?

All youth ages 16-24 from Washtenaw County are eligible to apply. After youth are randomly placed into a U-M or Washtenaw County cohort, they will attend an interview day with employers from their cohort. This is an opportunity for both employers and employees to find best match for positions.

What kind of skills can I expect from a Summer19 youth employee?

Every youth employee hired through Summer19 will have attend three weeks of "Soft Skills Academy" work-readiness training. Soft Skills Academy includes training in communication, conflict resolution, professionalism and networking to prepare youth to make positive contributions to your business. Youth employees come with a variety of skill sets and experiences; we encourage employers to be adaptable in terms of work for their employees, offering both support and more challenging work as needed. In addition to training, all youth employees will have reliable transportation and necessary identification for employment eligibility.

Who is the Employer of Record for Summer19?

If a youth is placed in a position on the U-M campus they will be employed as a temporary staff member at U-M. If a youth is placed at another agency within the county, Washtenaw County government will serve as the employer of record.

Will Washtenaw County cover the insurance for youth employees?

No, all employers will become contractors with Washtenaw County Government and are required to have proof of insurance as part of their contract. General and employer liability will protect the employer and County in the event of bodily injury or other damages resulting from any wrongdoing on the employer's behalf. Automobile insurance will protect youth who are required to be inside of a vehicle for any portion of their employment with a Summer19 employer.

What are the workers compensation insurance requirement and must I comply?

Employers are required to have workers compensation insurance that covers medical costs and lost wages for employees who are injured or become ill on the job. All Summer19 employers must comply with workers compensation requirements. If you are unable to comply with these requirements please consider participating in the program through providing an in-kind donation. The donation is tax-deductible. To learn more, please email [UPDATED CONTACT INFO]

I've filled out the application, now what?

Once the application deadline has passed on 3/15/19, you will receive a phone call and email to the number and email address you included in your application form, to inform you about your acceptance into the program and next steps for your participation. Please be sure to check your email and phone messages regularly during the three weeks following the deadline. If you have not heard from program staff by Monday, March 25, 2019, please contact:

Myron Gray at MichiganWorks! at mgray@mwse.org

For University of Michigan employers, syesupport@umich.edu

In the meantime, be sure to mark the important program dates on your calendar, as you will be required to attend all events if you are accepted into the program.

I am not on a bus line, will this exclude me from being a Summer19 Employer?

No, Summer19 will make efforts to match you with youth employees who have a means of transportation to your work site. Based on your business location, on-demand individual transportation options may be made available to youth employees. Please be sure to include your work site location as part of your application form.

When should I expect to receive my invoices for employee hours worked?

Invoices will be paid in 3 batches. Each batch of invoices will cover 2 pay periods. The invoices will be sent out as stated on the table below

U-M Employers click here for answers to additional questions

Youth FAQs

General Questions

What are the expectations for youth?

You are expected to complete 20 hours of work per week from 6/17/19 - 8/23/19. In addition, there are several activities and events throughout the summer that you must attend. They include: a 2-hour orientation, 6 hours of soft skills training, a 2-hour job fair, a mid-summer celebration event, and the end-of-summer celebration. If you need to miss a day of work or are unable to attend an event, you must let program staff know in advance. A no-call, no-show will disqualify you from participating in Summer19

Key dates for youth are listed below:

  • Youth & Family Orientation: 4/17/19
  • Soft Skills Sessions: 4/23/19 - 5/30/19
  • Match Day: 5/22/19
  • Employment period: 6/17/19 - 8/23/19
  • Mid-Summer Celebration: 7/17/19
  • End-of-Summer Celebration: 8/22/19

Do I need a legal form of ID to participate in the program?

Yes, but we can help you get an ID if you don't have one. Please make sure this is included when you submit your application.

All youth are required to have "acceptable ID documents" in order to start employment on the first day of work. While these documents are not required in order to apply, all employees are required under federal regulation to provide legal identity documentation in order to be employed.

You can also acquire a Washtenaw County ID. Click here to learn how.

Am I guaranteed to get a job?

Yes, if you are accepted into the program and attend all required events, you are guaranteed a summer job placement. You may not get your first choice job placement, but your career interests will be taken into consideration when making job matches and you will learn valuable workplace skills no matter where you are placed.

Who can apply?

Any person between 16-24 years old living in Washtenaw County is eligible to apply.

I've filled out the application, now what?

Once the application deadline has passed on 3/29/19 you will receive a phone call and email to the number and email address you included in your application form, to inform you about your acceptance into the program and next steps for your participation. Please be sure to check your email and phone messages regularly during the three weeks following the deadline. If you have not heard from program staff by April 10, 2019, please contact Shana Collins at scollins@mwse.org. In the meantime, be sure to mark the important program dates on your calendar, as you will be required to attend all events if you are accepted into the program.

Benefits of SYEP

How much money can I make over the summer?

You will be expected to work 20 hours per week throughout the duration of the 10 week program. Youth with a high school diploma or equivalent will earn $12 per hour and have the potential to make $2,400 before taxes. Youth without a high school diploma or equivalent will earn $10 per hour and have the potential to make $2,000 before taxes. Some employers may offer the option to work more than 20 hours per week.

What skills will I learn?

If you come prepared to learn, you will develop important professional skills to help you succeed in the workplace. These include, but are not limited to, communication, teamwork, professionalism, computer skills, problem solving and leadership. You will be supported by program staff throughout the summer and will have opportunities to practice job interviews, create a resume, learn about job applications and make a career plan.

What support is offered through the program?

We are committed to the success of our youth. A team of career advisors and success coaches will be assigned to each young person. Career advisors will be available over the summer to answer questions, help you address any issues that may come up and provide support as needed. Additionally, training opportunities will be offered to help you build important workplace skills.

Job Placements

What if I have never had a job before?

No problem! The SYEP is designed to help you develop important workplace skills. Program staff will support you throughout your summer employment experience.

What are the work expectations for youth?

You are expected to work 20 hours per week between over a 10 week period [date range]. You will need to show up on time, in appropriate clothing, ready to work. If you must miss a day of work, you are expected to communicate your absence to your employer ahead of time. If you need to miss work or events for an excusable reason, you must let program staff know in advance.

The SYEP is designed to help you build important workplace skills, so you should come ready to engage and learn about being a good employee.

What types of jobs do you offer?

We offer many different types of jobs in a variety of work environments. All of the job are in professional settings and are intended to help youth develop valuable workplace skills.

Past employers have included:

  • Equipment Specialist Assistant for University of Michigan-Athletics
  • IT Project Assistant for University of Michigan Information & Technology Services
  • Program Assistant for Michigan Medicine Department of Social Work
  • Childcare Provider University of Michigan Children's Centers

How will I be matched with a job?

You will participate in a Match Day job fair. At Match Day, you will have the chance to participate in "speed interviews" - 5 minute interviews with several employers. We determine job placements based on youth and employer preferences. We cannot guarantee you will get your favorite job placement, but your preferences and career interests will be taken into consideration.. No matter where you are employed, you will learn valuable workplace skills.

Do I get to pick my work schedule?

You will determine your work schedule with your employer. Most employers have some flexibility with their job schedules Monday through Friday between Sam to 6pm. There are limited opportunities to work in the evenings. Some jobs have required work schedules.

If you have special schedule requirements, including days you plan to miss, include these in your application - we will try to find employment that work with your schedule.

Work Location and Transportation

If I don't have a car, how will I get to work?

We will provide you with bus tokens or bus passes. If transportation will be an issue, it is important to note this as part of the application process so that we can take it into consideration when making job matches. We know that transportation to and from work can be a challenge but we will help every young person find a way to get to work.

Where are the jobs located?

All of the jobs are located in Washtenaw County. Most are in Ypsilanti and Ann Arbor. Many jobs are at the University of Michigan, however these jobs can be spread out around the county. We work hard to ensure transportation to work is not an issue for youth. If you have any concerns about job location, note this as part of the application process.

When are the pay periods, timesheet due dates, and pay dates?