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Seattle Youth Employment Program

The Seattle Youth Employment Program (SYEP) is operated by the Human Services Department and has three program components.

School Year Program

The year round program provides youth, ages 14-21, enrolled in the Seattle Public High Schools, with academic support and work training. Participants are able to fulfill their educational goals and explore career pathways by receiving educational support, leadership development and work readiness training.

During the school year, SYEP focuses on youths academic needs to help them graduate from high school, identify post-secondary plans, and enroll in post secondary education. Each participant works with a Youth Development Counselor to develop a plan to achieve academic, personal and employment goals. The program supports participants ability to meet these goals by providing after-school tutoring, job readiness training, career exploration, financial literacy, workshops, field trips, internships and case management.

During the summer, youth may be placed in paid internships to develop work readiness skills and receive exposure to possible career pathways. Internships take place in a range of high growth sectors such as health care, skilled trades, technology, and public administration. Youth are provided with case management support and mentorship at their internships sites.

The program is open to students enrolled in Seattle Public Schools high schools who meet the income and eligibility criteria. Participants are from low-income families, and 90% are youth of color. These youth have little or no work experience, and often struggle in school. For more detailed information about eligibility, call 206-386-1375 (TTY 206-233-2778) or e-mail youthservices@seattle.gov.

Summer Internship Program

The program is open to students, ages 15-17, enrolled in Seattle Public High Schools who meet the income and eligibility criteria. The number of slots available to the community for the Summer Internship Program vary each year.

During the summer, the program places youth in seven-week paid internships to develop work readiness skills (i.e. showing up for work on time, proper work attire, communication skills, etc.) and provide exposure to the world of work. Internships take place in a range of sectors such as health care, education, recreation, skilled trades, social services and technology. Youth are provided with case management support and mentorship at their internships sites.

For more detailed information about the summer program, call 206-386-1375 (TTY 206-233-2778) or e-mail youthservices@seattle.gov.

Out of School Youth Program

SYEPs Out of School Youth Program focuses on youth, ages 16-21 that have dropped out of high school, to develop a plan to achieve education, personal and employment goals. The program. The program supports the youths ability to meet these goals by connecting youth to GED preparation and providing job readiness training, career exploration, financial literacy, internships and case management. Each participant works with a Youth Development Counselor to identify post-secondary plans and enroll in post secondary education.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Must be between the ages of 16-21
  • Legal to work in the United States
  • Have not completed a High School Diploma or GED
  • Meet income requirements

How to apply?

Year-Round Program Applications are available in late August/early July and closes annually on January 31. Once spaces are filled, eligible youth with a complete application are placed on a waiting list. Youth are moved from the waiting list as space becomes available

Summer Internship Program – Applications are available on March 1 and space is limited. Call 206-386-1375 (TTY 206-233-2778) to ask about the application process.

Out of School Youth Program – Applications are now available and space is limited. Call 206-386-1375 (TTY 206-233-2778) to ask about the application process.

Where to get an application?

Applications are available for pick-up at SYEP offices in downtown Seattle. SYEP is located in the Central Building, 810 Third Avenue, Suite 420 in downtown Seattle. The office is open Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

We regret that applications cannot be mailed, faxed or made available online.


Employment Partners

The Seattle Youth Employment Program is also the lead agency for the Seattle Youth Employment Consortium which includes partner agencies Metrocenter YMCA, Sea Mar Community Health Center and YouthCare. The Consortium provides services and activities to economically disadvantaged youth aged 16 through 21, so they can achieve in school, access job training and higher education opportunities, and gain the skills needed to progress in well-paying careers. These Workforce Investment Act (WIA) funds are awarded through the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County.

SYEP also administers investments that provide employment services to youth participating in the Citys Seattle Youth Violence Prevention Initiative (SYVPI). SYVPI Youth Employment programs are designed to serve high-risk youth who live or go to school in Central, Southeast, and Southwest Seattle. These services enable youth to develop job-readiness skills that help them cultivate positive career goals and pathways. SYVPI providers are King County Superior Court, Metrocenter YMCA, Powerful Voices, Seattle Public Schools, Southwest Youth and Family Services and Youth Venture.


SYEP is an equal opportunity employer and provider of employment and training services. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals of disabilities.

Information

For more information about this program and other Seattle Human Services Department-funded youth programs, call 206-386-1017 or e-mail youthservices@seattle.gov.

For information about our partners, visit:

Seattle Human Services Department
Street address: 700 5th Avenue, Suite 5800, Seattle, WA 98104
Mailing address: PO Box 34215, Seattle, WA 98124-4215

Phone: 206-386-1001
Fax: 206-233-5119
TTY/TTD: 206-233-2778

Accommodations for people with disabilities provided upon request.