Applications Being Accepted for 2012 Summer Youth Employment Program

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Youth ages 14 to 21 who are looking for a summer job have another avenue to explore with the Summer Youth Employment Program. This program provides jobs and workplace readiness skills for court-involved youth and/or youth who live in our more challenged neighborhoods. These young people who often lack the skills required to obtain employment and succeed in the workplace can now include solid work experience and real skills on their resumes. Workplace readiness and financial literacy training will be required for all participants.


  • The Youth Service Corps (YSC) is for youth ages 14 and 15. The YSC is a partnership with the Virginia State Parks. These youth will have an opportunity to work seven hours a day for a three week period (July 23 to August 10) in one or two Virginia State Parks. Each participant who completes the program will receive a $500 stipend. For most of them, this will be their first job in addition to being their first time visiting a state park. Applications are available at and must be submitted by July 2, 2012.

  • This summer, youth ages 16 to 21 may be placed in an agency for an eight-week period, June 25 to August 17 through the Youth to Leaders program. Previous placements have included a variety of city and community agencies such as Parks and Recreation, Human Resources, Emergency Communications and Citizen Services/311 Division, a community radio station and more. These youth may work up to 35 hours a week and will be paid $7.50 an hour.  Applications are available at and must be submitted by May 16, 2012.

The Summer Youth Employment Program is funded through the Edward Byrne Juvenile Accountability Grant. For more information about the Summer Youth Employment Program, please contact Barbara Brinson, Virginia Beach Youth Opportunities Office Coordinator, at (757) 385-0464 or


The Youth Opportunities Team’s mission is to work collaboratively to insure the health, success and well-being of all Virginia Beach youth through awareness, education and training, partnerships and prevention. The Youth Opportunities Team strives to insure that opportunities and supports are available and accessible to all youth, while maintaining an emphasis on those who are most at-risk. For more information, call (757) 385-0464 (TTY: 757-711 Virginia Relay), or visit


Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation’s vision is a balanced, sustainable and value-focused system of parks, recreation and public spaces that creates a sense of community. We are accredited by CAPRA, the certifying agency of the National Recreation and Park Association. For more information, call (757) 385-1100 (TTY: 711 Virginia Relay), visit or sign up for our email newsletters at