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Seeking Broward Employers to Help Shape the Future Workforce

December 16, 2019 | Filed under: CareerSource Broward News

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Dec. 16, 2019 – CareerSource Broward (CSBD) encourages Broward County employers to participate as a worksite for the 2020 Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) in an effort to help prepare the region’s future workforce. Companies can hire a young adult at NO COST for the eight-week summer program. The Children's Services Council of Broward County, CSBD and additional funders will cover the wages and associated program costs – a savings of nearly $3,000 per each youth hired. 

SYEP – a program of CSBD – is primarily funded by the Children’s Services Council of Broward County, with additional funding provided by the City of Fort Lauderdale and City of Hollywood. Students between the ages of 16 and 18 are provided with paid summer employment between June and August. Selected youth work in a variety of clerical assistant or aide roles with government agencies, libraries, community organizations, for-profits, nonprofits and more. Prior to their first day of work, each youth will complete a three-day, paid employability skills training that focuses on job-readiness skills, professionalism and workplace expectations. 

“It’s important that we continue to invest in the lives of our youth by providing them with the essential tools they need in order to thrive in this growing job market,” said Cindy Arenberg Seltzer, President/CEO of the Children’s Services Council of Broward County. “By providing a platform for youngsters to gain experience and learn the value of obtaining and keeping a job – all the while being a part of a great company or organization – we are setting the stage for their future successes.”

Worksites for the program are selected on a first-come, first-served basis and will be chosen based on the career interests of the students. Participating students will earn a wage of $8.56 and can work up to 30 hours per week. The program begins on June 8.

“Employers may be asking themselves, ‘why should we participate as a worksite for SYEP?’” said Mason C. Jackson, President/CEO of CareerSource Broward. “The answer is simple. By participating as a worksite, you not only get an extra set of hands for the summer at no cost to your business, but you can help to shape your future workforce by teaching them about the workplace.”

Employers interested in hiring and mentoring youth in the summer can complete the short registration form by visiting www.careersourcebroward.com/syep. For more information about SYEP, contact Latema King, program manager, at (954) 202-3830, ext. 3021, or at lking@careersourcebroward.com.