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Youth and Young Adult Services

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The Youth & Young Adult Programs are available for those under the age of 25 (if you meet certain criteria).  Our school year program runs the calendar year, while our summer program runs from July to August.  Please find specific descriptions of the programs below.  


2020 Summer Youth Employment Program    

Youth ages 14-20 may register for the 2020 Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP).  The deadline to submit an application is May 31, 2020The application link is in blue near the bottom of this page.   Placing applicants in worksites is first come, first serve.

The application process does NOT secure a position in the SYEP.  Applicants must qualify for the program and be ready and able to work in any geographic location within Jefferson County.  Each applicant must also attend a mandatory Orientation session, which will be scheduled in May and June.  Applicants will be notified of the date, time and location of the Orientation.  

During this Orientation, the applicant is required to bring in: original working papers, current photo ID, social security card or birth certificate and proof of your qualification into the SYEP (Medicaid insurance card, proof of receiving public assistance and/or proof of income).  The WorkPlace staff will notify applicants of what documentation is required for Orientation Day. 

Workers will also participate with an event held at Westcott's Beach and an educational event held at Jefferson Community College. More details will be provided to those who will participate in the SYEP.

08/24/2020 UPDATE: The 2020 Summer Youth Program will not be accepting any more applications. Please check back in February 2021 for updated information on the 2021 Summer Youth Employment Program!


This program is separate from the Summer Youth Employment Program.  Young adults between ages 16-24 may apply for this program. 

The WIOA Work Experience Program provides temporary job placement and subsidized income for a period of time.  Many participants have gone on to work in unsubsidized employment and will remain at the worksite that they have been placed in!  At this time, we are only accepting applications for those who are not in middle school, high school and/or college.   Applicants must qualify for this program by answering "Yes" to one of the questions below:

1) Is the applicant a high school dropout?

2) Has the applicant ever been detained, arrested, or have any involvement with the criminal justice system?

3) Is the applicant homeless?

4) Has the applicant ever been in the foster care system and/or aged out of the system?

5) Is the applicant pregnant and/or already has a child/children?

6) Does the applicant have a documented learning, emotional or physical disability?

Youth & Young Adult Program Application

Grants for specific programs with Jefferson Community College and Jeff-Lewis BOCES are also available!  Please visit the "Classroom Training Grants" section of The WorkPlace website for more information!


Click on the links below to learn more about your personality and career interests!

http://whoami.typefocus.com/ - Personality is what makes you unique! The better you know yourself, the better choices you will make in regards to your career.

https://career.missouri.edu/career-interest-game/ - This is an activity that is designed to help you match your interests and skills with similar careers.

For questions or more information on our programs, please contact:

     Ethan Brown, Youth Employment Coordinator
     Phone:  315-786-3671