Apply for the Summer Youth Employment Program

Earn valuable work experience during the summer with the City of Virginia Beach and other local businesses.


 Important Dates

  • January 16 | Application Opens
  • March 7 | Application Closes
  • March 23 - April 11 | Interviews and Enrollment
  • June 20 - June 24 | Youth Worker I&II Job Readiness Orientation (In-Person)*
  • June 26 | First Day of Work
  • August 12 | Last Day of Work and Recognition Ceremony​​
*The SYEP Job Readiness Orientation is mandatory for employment

 Program Requirements

  • Participant age between 16 - 21
  • Reside in the City of Virginia Beach (validated with report card or college transcript)
  • Adhere to all program policies and procedures as outlined in the SYEP Participant Handbook
  • Commit to the entire 8-week program and the entire job readiness orientation
  • Complete and submit all forms and documents by the above-referenced application deadline
    • Complete and submit application
    • Professional recommendations (2) via the SYEP Application Recommendation form (recommendations from family members or friends will not be accepted)
    • Most recent report card/ college transcript (must include youth’s name and home address)
    • Original Social Security Card (non-laminated)
    • Government-issued photo ID (driver’s license, learner’s permit, school ID, or VA identification card)
    • Resume (optional)
*All completed documents must be sent to by the deadline provided by program staff.​

 Participant Testimonials

Caden L. fixing pavement​​

Caden L. | Parks & Recreation - Landscape Management 

“SYEP has taught me a lot about saving money and having budgets…the program also set me up for a job for my future.” 

Carlos H working​​

Carlos H. | Animal Care & Adoption Center ​​​​​

"I think the program opens up opportunities and it allows supervisors to kind of go out on a limb and see how the youth will participate and operate in those settings" Read More​ 

Tyler N constructing office furniture

​Tyler N. | Housing & Neighborhood Preservation  

“I knew that saving could help you, but I never knew how much until I went to the [SYEP] Orientation. Thank you SYEP!” 


Wyatt G programming machinerie

Wyatt G. | IMS Gear, Inc. 

  • “I’ve learned a lot [about SYEP]. The summer really helped me to have an understanding of what my future will be like. I’ve actually been bragging about [SYEP]! It was a great experience.” 

  • ​"VB SYEP helped me understand that the most important thing you can do for yourself and future, is to set aside money for saving. A savings account is a good start. A habit of saving can help you achieve financial freedom, and preparation for emergencies." Don J. | Information Technology 

  • "I will exceed my savings goal thanks to the incredible financial literacy classes provided by VB SYEP." - Joshua B. | Information Technology 

  • ​"[SYEP] experience helped me land an interview with large federal consulting firms, including the Big Four. [SYEP] validated my career interests in data analytics, and I saved over $1,000."- Thomeka W. |  Business Systems

  • "[SYEP] was the first to give me a real film job and in doing so, it helped me realize my passion can be a career. SYEP made me feel like potential was worthwhile, and that makes all the difference in the pursuit of creativity. Thank you for believing in me while I was still learning to believe in myself. It means more than I can express."- Jeanette L. | Youth Opportunities Office

  • "Thank you for all of the valuable information and career coaching you provided me over the course of this year’s Summer Youth Employment Program. I was able to use much of what I learned about resume building, networking and interviews in practice over the past week and have been offered a graduate position in auditing with Ernst & Young in Cork, Ireland." - Breana R. | Tidewater Finance Company​