Apply for a Job
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Applications for the 2020 Youth@Work/Summer Youth Enrichment Program are now being accepted, from 9 a.m. on January 6 through 5 p.m. on February 28. Check out the 2020 flyer for more information (English | Spanish).
ATTENTION YOUTH AGES 18-22! Can’t wait until summer? Need a job NOW?
Youth@Work will host several job fairs where you can apply and possibly interview on the spot for permanent and temporary positions that begin prior to SYEP!
Apply below and we will notify you about these events and other job opportunities by email.
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The 2020 Youth@Work/SYEP will take place June 29 through August 7.
To be eligible, youth must be:
• Age 14 to 22 as of July 1st of the program year
• Permanent resident of Prince George’s County
• Legally able to work in the U.S.
• Able to work the entire six-week employment period
Youth may be assigned to positions in the following career fields:
• Arts - Performing/Graphic/Visual
• Custodial/Public Works
• Financial Services
• Human/Social Services
• Office Support
• Public Safety
Youth may also be assigned to a position in a Capstone program. Capstones provide job training and career exploration in fields such as Beautification, Leadership, Construction, Culinary Arts/Hospitality, Energy, and Professional Development. Capstones may be held in a classroom setting.
Ages Maximum Work Hours per Week Hourly Pay
14-15 24 $9.80
16-17 32 $9.80
18-22 40 $11.50
Participation in Youth@Work/SYEP is limited and based on the number of positions available and the needs of employers. Completing an application does not guarantee the applicant will be offered a position. To be considered for a position, all sections of the application must be completed. No applications will be accepted after the deadline.
If youth require special accommodations to participate in the program, please contact us.
What You’ll Need to Complete Your Application
- Do not use past years’ login credentials.
- Do not use a school email address.
- Do not create duplicate applications. Contact us if you are having issues.
Social Security Number
If you need a new or replacement Social Security Card or have forgotten your number, visit the Social Security Administration website.
Valid Email Address for Youth
The email address should belong to the youth. Middle and high school students and students at some colleges, such as Prince George’s Community College, are advised not to use their school email address. Free email accounts are available from Google, Yahoo, and other providers.
Valid Email Address for Parent/Guardian (for youth ages 14 to 17 only)
New this year, parents/guardians of minors will receive messages sent to their child’s email address. Note: Parent/guardian’s email address must be different from the youth’s email address.
While optional, youth are strongly encouraged to upload a resume (Word or PDF) with their application. A resume is an excellent way to present your educational, extracurricular and work-related accomplishments and experience to prospective employers. If you need to create a resume, use Resume Builder, a free online tool provided by Prince George’s Community College.
Youth are strongly encouraged to sign up for Job Readiness Training (JRT) through the Youth@Work/SYEP application if they have not already completed JRT in a previous program year.
JRT is provided free to County youth ages 14 to 22 on a first-come, first-serve basis. The training mimics the workplace and is a safe environment where young people can develop “soft skills” such as communication, customer service and teamwork, and demonstrate their readiness for work.
|Application Period Opens||January 6, 9 a.m.|
|Job Readiness Training Classes||January-April, on Saturdays|
|Application Period Closes||February 28, 5 p.m.|
|Job Offer Notices Sent||May 1|
|Orientation||Dates To Be Announced|
|First Day of Work||June 29|
|First Pay Day||July 17|
|Second Pay Day||July 31|
|Closing Program||August 5|
|Last Day of Work||August 7|
|Third Pay Day||August 14|
|Fourth (FINAL) Pay Day||August 28|
Youth@Work/SYEP summer jobs are limited. Not all who apply will be offered a job. We encourage applicants to explore other opportunities in addition to Youth@Work/SYEP, including paid employment, internships, and volunteering.
Job and Volunteer Opportunities
• Prince George’s County (County government jobs and internships)
• USAjobs.gov (federal government jobs)
• Maryland Workforce Exchange (jobs in Maryland)
• Facebook ("See More" tab > "Jobs" tab)
• Idealist (nonprofit jobs, internships, and volunteer opportunities)
• VolunteerMatch (volunteer opportunities)
Career Exploration Tools
• Bureau of Labor Statistics provides information about careers and their educational requirements.
• Career Coach provides tools to assess and explore career interests and to learn about educational programs offered by Prince George’s Community College.
What is the Prince George’s County Youth@Work/Summer Youth Enrichment Program
The Prince George’s County Youth@Work/Summer Youth Enrichment Program (Youth@Work/SYEP) is an award-winning, nationally-recognized program that helps young people ages 14-22 launch careers by providing them with free job readiness training and paid summer employment.
What are the criteria to participate in the SYEP?
Youth must be a permanent resident of Prince George's County, be between the ages of 14 – 22 on or by July 1 of the Program year and be eligible to work in the United States.
Is there a maximum number of years youth can participate in the program?
Is the Job Readiness Training (JRT) a prerequisite for employment?
No. However, youth are strongly encouraged to complete the training.
If youth participated in the JRT, are they guaranteed a position with the Program?
If youth register for JRT, does that mean they already applied for employment?
Yes. Youth must apply for employment through the Youth@Work/SYEP website at syep.mypgc.us prior to registering for JRT.
How do youth register for JRT?
Youth must register for JRT through the Youth@Work/SYEP website at syep.mypgc.us.
What is the application period for the 2020 Youth@Work/SYEP?
Applications are being accepted from January 6, 2020 through February 28, 2020.
How do youth apply for the Youth@Work/SYEP?
Go to the Youth@Work/SYEP website at syep.mypgc.us and select the link to “Apply for Job”.
Are youth required to work the entire six (6) weeks of the Program?
If youth are unable to log into the application portal, what should they do?
Please call the Youth@Work/SYEP Call Center at (301) 883-6200.
Is a work permit required at the time of applying?
No. Work permits are required for ages 14-17, if youth are offered and accept a position.
What if youth do not have an email account?
All applicants must establish an email account, owned solely by them, to apply and receive all correspondence regarding the 2020 Youth@Work/SYEP. Newly created emails must be in the form of a .com or .net extension. (PGCPS and PGCC emails addresses should not be used).
If youth applied for the Youth@Work/SYEP last year, are they required to apply again for this year’s Program?
Yes, past participants who wish to participate in the 2020 Program must apply again this year.
What if youth do not have Internet access at home?
The employment application is web-based and can be accessed from any device with Internet access. The public library is a recommendation.
Can college students participate in the Youth@Work/SYEP?
Yes. The age range does include college-aged youth up to the age of 22.
If a youth is 13 years old but will turn 14 after July 1, will he/she be eligible for employment?
No, youth must be the age of 14 on or by July 1 of the Program year.
What should I do if my email address is not verified through the system?
Look for an email from email@example.com. This email allows you to set your password. Click “Set my password” and follow the instructions. You will get a confirmation page when your password is successfully set.
If you have completed this step, please complete the next two steps below.
If your profile is not finished, please follow the steps below:
- After you have successfully created your password, log in using your new password to complete your application by clicking “Login”.
- Your Username is your email address. Your password is the one that you just set up. If you have forgotten your password, you can click to reset your password.
- Click “Login”.
- Complete every question, to the best of your knowledge. The questions with the * require an answer. You will not be able to submit your application until these questions are answered.
- Click the button next to “I certify that I myself am the above-named youth who is submitting this application and that the information I have provided is true and accurate to the best of my knowledge.”
- Press “Save”.
If you have completed this step, please move to the next issue.
To ensure that your application is complete, please follow the steps below:
- If you have taken Job Readiness Training in the past, click “Submit Application”.
- If you need to take Job Readiness Training, click register in order to sign-up. You only need to sign up for one class.
- After you schedule Job Readiness Training, please go back to the application and click ”I certify that I have scheduled JRT. By clicking the box below, I am submitting my application.”
- Click “Submit Application”.
WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?
What happens after youth complete the online application?
Periodic notifications regarding the Program will be sent via email, including employment offers. Employment offers will be made by or before May 1, 2020.
When will I be notified of my job placement?
Employment offers will be made by or before May 1, 2020.
How will I find out the details about my worksite assignment?
Your worksite supervisor will provide details regarding your worksite assignment.
When will youth complete employment documentation?
Youth will complete employment documentation online and during orientation.
Do youth get to select their worksite?
How are youth selected for employment?
Our goal is to match youth with their career interest based on their age, mode of transportation, and availability of positions.
Is there a number youth can call if they have any questions or concerns?
Yes, youth can call the Youth@Work/SYEP Call Center at 301-883-6200.
Is there an email address youth can use if they have any questions or concerns?
Yes. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ONBOARDING (Human Resources Paperwork)
Prior to Day 1 of my work assignment, what documents will I be required to complete?
Youth will complete employment documentation online and during orientation. Documents to be completed online include: state and federal tax forms, work permit (ages 14-17), beneficiary form, parental/guardian permission form (ages 14-17), and direct deposit form. Form I-9 must be completed in person at orientation.
What if I need help in completing my employment paperwork?
Instructions will be forthcoming when you have been offered and accepted a position.
I am a minor and have not worked previously, do I still need to complete the tax forms?
How will youth receive compensation?
Youth who work in nonprofit and government agency positions will be paid by direct deposit or debit card (more details to follow). Youth who work for private businesses will be paid by the business.
Is direct deposit required?
Youth are required to open a bank account for direct deposit. Wages are paid directly into each youth’s account.
What are the pay periods?
First Pay Day - July 17, 2020
Second Pay Day - July 31, 2020
Third Pay Day - August 14, 2020
Fourth (FINAL) Pay Day - August 28, 2020
Youth hired by a business will be paid in accordance to the business’ pay cycle.
Who do youth call if there is a concern regarding their paycheck?
The first step is to consult with your supervisor. It is the supervisor’s responsibility to research your working status. If the supervisor is unable to resolve the issue, please call the Youth@Work/SYEP Call Center at 301-883-6200.
If a payroll issue needs to be researched by the Youth@Work/SYEP Team, what is the process?
Please send an email to email@example.com. In the body of the email, please be as detailed as possible and be sure to include which paycheck there is a concern with (i.e., first, second, third, or fourth check) so that we can begin resolving the issue. An Youth@Work/SYEP staff member will make contact to assist in resolving the concern.
How many hours will youth be permitted to work?
Youth ages 14-15 may work a maximum of 24 hours per week.
Youth ages 16-17 may work a maximum of 32 hours per week.
Youth ages 18-22 may work a maximum of 40 hours per week.
For youth hired by a business, the business will determine their work hours and rate of pay.
What is the rate of pay and will taxes be taken from any gross income?
The rates of pay are:
Youth ages 14-17 - $9.80 per hour
Youth ages 18-22 - $11.50 per hour
Social Security and Medicare taxes will be deducted from all youths’ earnings.
Will youth’s rate of pay increase if their age changes from 17 to 18 during the six (6) weeks employment period?
No. Youth are paid at the rate of pay from the age they are on July 1.