Mayor's Summer Youth Employment Program

Mayor Sharon Broome and teens in Summer Youth Employment Program

Opportunities for local teens

The adolescent years are a critical time for engaging young people in meaningful activities that help develop valuable skills and knowledge that will benefit them for the rest of their lives. The Mayor’s Summer Youth Employment Program will give youth ages 14-17 the opportunity to earn income while engaging in valuable educational and work experience. This experience will give them an opportunity to not only engage in real-world work experiences, but also provide them with multiple educational and professional development opportunities that set the foundation for future employment and academic success.

As a vital component of Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome’s high-impact service plan, the Mayor’s Summer Youth Employment Program serves as a young person’s introduction into the workforce. Through participation in this program, teens will be placed in various public sector, private sector, or non-profit jobs throughout the parish for four consecutive weeks during the summer.

program overview

The 4-week program will employ young people from across East Baton Rouge. Youth will be placed in Job Placement and Learning sites, which offer participants a valuable educational and employment experience that will expose them to potential educational or career paths. All youth will participate in some form of professional development and have the opportunity to engage in financial literacy training and a variety of program-sponsored events during the summer

Team supervisors will work to cultivate a positive work ethic in the youth that trains them to be responsible and dedicated workers by mentoring them to develop leadership qualities, stress the importance of staying in school, preparing for life beyond high school, and giving back to their communities.

Program Requirements

  • Must be between the ages of 14 years old and 17 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.

submission dates

Application Period for Summer 2018 has ended.

For more information, contact Makesha Judson, Chief Service Officer at (225) 389-3100.

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