• What benefit is there to becoming a Summer18 Employer? By becoming a Summer18 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.

  • How much will it cost me to hire a youth for Summer18? This depends on the number of hours a youth works. The hourly pay rate is either $10/hour or $12/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/youth employee based on a 20-hour work week.

  • Do you provide stipends for agencies who want to participate; but are unable to cover the monetary contribution? At this time, Summer18 cannot provide stipends for agencies unable to meet the monetary contribution. Should this change, we will communicate the availability of funding on the Summer18 website.

  • I have some hesitation about bringing on a younger employee. Every youth hired through Summer18 will have reliable transportation; all necessary identification for employment eligibility; and attended a “Soft Skills Academy” inclusive of training in communication, conflict resolution, professionalism and networking – all of which prepare youth to make positive contributions to your business.

  • Who is the Employer of Record for Summer18? The University of Michigan and Washtenaw County are the Employers of Record for Summer18.

  • With Washtenaw County being an employer of record, wouldn’t the youth be covered under their insurance? Proof of insurance is required for anyone contracting with Washtenaw County.
  1. 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.
  2. Automobile insurance will protect youth who are required to be inside of a vehicle for any portion of their employment with a Summer18 employer.

  • I am not comfortable with the workers’ comp insurance requirement and cannot participate in Summer18. We hope you will consider supporting Summer18 by becoming a Summer18 community partner through an in-kind donation. The donation is tax-deductible. To learn more, please email summertwenty18@gmail.com

  • Are there meetings I need to attend? Yes, employers will be required to participate in interviewing, training and orientation sessions to prepare for Summer18:
  1. An employer orientation & training is scheduled for April 17 from 8:30am-10:30am.
  2. Matching sessions are scheduled for May 23 to meet prospective youth employees.

  • I submitted an application, now what? A MichiganWorks! staff member will contact you to discuss next steps.

  • I am not on a bus line, will this exclude me from being a Summer18 Employer? No, Summer18 will make efforts to match you with youth employees with transportation. Based on your business location, on-demand individual transportation options may be made available to youth employees.


  • I filled out a Summer18 application, now what? You will receive a phone call from a MichiganWorks! staff member to determine your eligibility for Summer18.

  • If I get a Summer18 job, what forms of ID do I need to fill out an employment application? Please review "Acceptable ID Documents" for employment application requirements.

  • I need to get an ID - how can I get a Washtenaw County ID? Click here to learn how to get a Washtenaw County ID card.


  • How can I support Summer18 if I'm unable to employee a youth? Visit our Partners or email summertwenty18@gmail.com to learn about other ways to become involved in Summer18.

  • How does Washtenaw County benefit from Summer18? Youth employment promotes positive social relations and inter-generational dialogue; helps youth make connections outside of their communities; and facilitates the entry of young skilled people into key economic growth area within the county.