Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders Approve Budget Insertion for Summer Youth Employment Pilot Program

(Newark, NJ) –On May 15, 2019, the Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders voted unanimously to approveabudget insertion of$192,000.00,from the New JerseyDepartment of Labor and Workforce Development,to provide summeremployment opportunities for lowincome youth who reside in Essex County.

Essex County was selected by the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development as one of eight pilot programs to assist youth, both in-school and out-of-school, in transitioning to the world of work. The goal of the SummerYouth Employment Pilot Program (SYEPP) is to provide youth and young adults withinternships, work experience, workforce preparation skills, and exposure to various careers that will facilitate the development of the program participants.

The day-to-day workflow of the SYEPP will focus on specifics such as financial literacy training, resume building, entrepreneurship skills, diversity training, and prevention of workplace harassment training.Participants will gain hands-on work experience, earn a paycheck, interact with employers, and receive supportive services.

At the conclusion of the program, metrics will be provided consistingof: the number, demographics, and goals of young adults served; the number of businesses/worksites that hosted SYEPP interns; the number of any SYEPP interns that were hired permanently on a full-time or part-time basis; and overall employer/business satisfaction with this program, and any suggestions for improvement.

The SYEPPisstructuredto provide a positive experience for both employer and employee.As President Gillstated, “This program will provide our youth with opportunitiesto make money, but also acquire the skills that will prepare them to compete for jobs in careersthey may have never considered previously.Career development is an often overlooked aspect of summer employment. We are happy that this feature will be a major part of the program.”

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For Additional Information:
Kyalo Mulumba, Public Information Officer
Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders
973-621-4452 (phone) 973-621-5695 (fax)