Mayor's Summer Youth Employment Program

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Workforce experience

This summer, Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome has called together a collaborative of youth-serving agencies in our community to work on what we are calling the Mayor’s Youth Workforce Experience.

The benefits of MYWE are not limited to youth. Businesses and local economies need a workforce equipped with more education, training, and experience than ever before.

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Our goal is to positively influence the youth development of a minimum of 500 young people by giving them the skills and support they need to be successful in the workplace and in life. The MYWE collaboration recognizes the critical roles of Summer Youth Employment Programs in engaging youth during the summer, improving economic equity, and meeting employers’ expectations for youth to enter the workforce with the skills that they need.


The program will take place for eight weeks from June 3-July 26. Scholars must be available to work up to 20 hours per week, times and locations to be determined. Participants are also required to attend Tool Time sessions every Monday or Friday of the program (times and locations to be determined). 

Tool Time sessions are aimed at teaching life skills, workforce skills and acquiring needed certifications for graduation. Scholars will receive a stipend based on evaluations completed by the workplace mentors, program advisors, Tool Time attendance, completion of personal development projects, and certifications acquired. Scholars can earn between $1,000-$1,200 based on their performance throughout the duration of the program. 

The following conditions must be met:

  • Must be between the ages of 14 years old and 24 years old.
  • Must be willing to work hard.
  • Must be a team player and willing to work collaboratively in a group.
  • Must be enrolled in school and live in East Baton Rouge Parish.
  • Must complete the entire application and adhere to the pre-determined deadlines.
  • Must provide or arrange transportation to and from work site locations.
  • Must be willing to commit to working no more than 20 hours per week for four consecutive weeks. Students will not be allowed to miss a full week of the summer program for other commitments, such as but not limited to: summer school, athletic camps and practices, and summer vacations. To protect the integrity and fairness of the program, students selected to participate must commit to full participation.
  • If accepted into the program, must successfully pass a pre-employment drug screening and alcohol test before you can begin work.
  • If accepted into the program, must provide a work permit before you can begin work.


The application period for Summer 2019 has closed. Applicants who have been accepted to the program will be notified via email by May 10, 2019.