This summer our association, The D.C. Department of Employment Services, and The Bank of America partnered to implement the 2012 Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP), providing 50 local youth ages 16 to 21 with skills-based training and hands-on work experiences. The program that began June 25 and ended August 3, provided students with an array of lessons to use in their blossoming careers.
The D.C. Dept. of Employment Services led courses in career development and financial aid, while The Bank of America trained the students on financial literacy. Some of our very own YMCA staff took on the responsibility to teach the kids in areas like personal appearance during an interview/on the job and professional development.
Most of the activities were held at Seaton Elementary, a Y summer camp site. SYEP students were a part of a real-life interview during their screening process, where 4-5 YMCA staff members screened the students to determine where they would best fit in the program. If needed, they better placed them in the correct area and taught them the importance of first impressions. 78 applicants were interviewed and 50 selected to participate in the program, bringing life-lessons in career development.
Thanks to the YMCA staff members and partners, the students built confidence and encouragement that they can take anywhere they go in life!