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Summer Youth Employment Program Seeking Employers

Friday, February 02, 2018

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation’s Youth Opportunities Office (YOO) is seeking Virginia Beach-based businesses as employers for its 2018 Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP.) As a participating employer, organizations agree to provide a local young person with a meaningful, paid summer work experience. In 2017, SYEP employed 86 youth, a 43% increase from 2016. City leadership has tasked YOO to grow participation by 25% each year, up to 200 by 2022, but that will require increased participation by local businesses. Interested employers should complete the online request form no later than February 26.

SYEP is open to Virginia Beach residents, ages 16 to 21, and runs from June 18 to August 10, 2018. Participants will earn at least $7.65 per hour, working a minimum of 35 hours per week during the seven-week program. Applicants will be screened, interviewed and matched with prospective employers by YOO staff. Workplace readiness and financial literacy training are also provided during the orientation and throughout the entire program.

“Forbes Candies, Inc. participates in the Summer Youth Employment Program and has for a number of years,” said Crystal Espinoza, general manager. “Every year we have employees that we keep past the program ending and continue to have employees that come back year after year. The Youth Opportunities Office staff are also wonderful to work with,” she said.

Participation as an employer in SYEP offers a wealth of benefits to the participating employers, such as:
The ability to provide youth employees with a quality work experience.
Recruitment, eligibility, and placement process facilitated by YOO program staff.
Support from YOO program staff for both supervisors and youth.
Seven-weeks of having another employee available to help meet business goals and execute tasks.

Expectations of potential employment partners include:

Worksite must be located in Virginia Beach.
Provide productive and significant work assignments for youth to develop responsible work habits, basic job skills, an awareness of workplace expectations, and the chance to explore career interests.
Provide on the job training and worksite orientation.
Offer youth employees a minimum of 35 hours a week for seven weeks for at least $7.65 per hour.
Assign work site supervisor(s) who will serve as a positive mentor.

For additional information on becoming an SYEP employer, please visit or contact Andrea Holloman at 757-385-0432, email  

About Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation 
Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation strives to promote healthy lifestyles and protect the City’s coastal environment, as well as to ensure all residents – regardless of their physical, social and economic circumstances – can access Parks & Recreation programs. The department’s vision is a balanced, sustainable and value-focused system of parks, recreation and public spaces that create a sense of community. Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation is accredited by CAPRA, the certifying agency of the National Recreation and Park Association. For more information, visit or call (757) 385-1100 (TTY: 757-711 Virginia Relay). Sign up for Parks & Rec email newsletters at Find us on Facebook at

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