Frequently Asked Questions

Summer Youth Enrichment Program (SYEP) 

The following Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) will assist SYEP participants with commonly asked questions regarding the 2021 program dates, assignment details, selection process, onboarding process, time reporting, and pay.   

Program Dates  

Q: When does the summer program begin?
A:
The SYEP begins on July 6, 2021 and ends on August 13, 2021. Specific dates and times may vary by program or work opportunity; however, they will be communicated to selected participants.  

Program Overview

Q: What is the Youth@Work/Summer Youth Enrichment Program (SYEP)?

A: The Prince George's CountyyYouth@Work/Summer Youth Enrichment Program (SYEP) is an award-winning, nationally recognized program and has been one of the County's signature programs for more than 30 years.

 

The Youth@Work/SYEP offers virtual and limited in-person enrichment opportunities for applicants ages 14 to 22 over a six-week timeframe during the summer.

 

A key component of the County Executive’s Proud Priorities under Youth Development, the program helps young people launch careers by providing them with career exploration opportunities, job readiness training, industry-based training and work opportunities in local government, nonprofit, and business worksites throughout Prince George’s County and the Washington-Metropolitan Area.


Q: When does the 2021 Youth@Work/SYEP application open?  
A: The application opens on Monday, March 1, and closes on Wednesday, March 31, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. Applications must be submitted by the deadline to be considered for a position. 

Q: What are some key program dates?
A: Additional key dates will be published on the Youth@Work/SYEP website.

2021 SYEP Key Dates
Application opensMarch 1
Application closesMarch 31
Selection Notices sentMay 3 thru May 31
Summer Program beginsJuly 6
Summer Program endsAugust 13


Q: Where can I get more information on the Youth@Work/SYEP?
A: Visit syep.mypgc.us for more information and follow PGCSYEP on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram to receive the latest updates. If you have questions, please contact syep@co.pg.md.us 

Eligibility

Q: What are the criteria to participate in the Youth@Work/SYEP?
A: To be considered for the program, applicants must be: 

  1. A resident of Prince George’s County, MD; 
  2. At least 14 years old and no older than 22 years old by July 1, 2021; and 
  3. Legally eligible to work in the United States.

Q:  Is a Work Permit required?
A:  Applicants under the age of 18 who are selected to participate in the program will be required to apply for and submit a completed and signed Work Permit for Minors.  

Q:  Is there a maximum number of years someone can participate in the program?
A:  No. The program has been expanded and there is no limit on the number of times a participant can apply for or participate in the program if selected.

Q:  Is the Job Readiness Training a prerequisite to be considered for a summer position?
A:  No. Job Readiness Training is no longer a prerequisite for employment. Job Readiness Training has been added as a job opportunity in 2021.

Opportunities

Q: What employment opportunities are available for the 2021 Youth@Work/SYEP?
A: 
The program offers virtual opportunities, as well as limited in-person employment opportunities. Visit syep.mypgc.us for a list of opportunities by participant age group (ages 14-15, 16-17, and 18-22).

Q: How does the SYEP benefit me?
A: The SYEP experience allows you to:

  • Explore your interests and career options; 
  • Develop workplace, social, and leadership skills;
  • Build up your resume or career portfolio;
  • Earn industry-based certifications;
  • Refine your existing talent;
  • Enhance your interviewing skills;
  • Complete work experience for college admissions; and
  • Earn pay while learning new skills.

Q: Are there any concessions provided for applicants with a disability?
A: The County is an equal opportunity, ADA-compliant employer and encourages all to apply. The County will ensure that all qualified individuals under the ADA are provided reasonable accommodations to ensure inclusion and accessibility. 

Application & Selection

Q: When does the application open?
A: The application opens on Monday, March 1, and closes on Wednesday, March 31, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. Applications must be submitted by the deadline to be considered.     

Q: How do I apply for SYEP?
A: The application must be completed electronically and can be found on the County’s website by clicking here. 

Q: Is everyone who applies guaranteed a position?
A: No. Applicants are chosen by a random selection process. Those selected to participate in the program will be notified via email between May 3 and May 31, 2021.  

Q: Can a candidate change work assignments?
A: We encourage candidates to keep the opportunity provided. There are a limited number of positions; therefore, transferring to another position is unlikely.

Q: Is it necessary to apply this year for an opportunity if I applied last year?
A: Yes, past participants who wish to participate in the 2021 program must apply again.

Q: What happens after youth complete the online application?
A: Periodic notifications regarding the program will be sent via email, including employment offers for randomly selected participants (May 3 through May 31, 2021).

Q: Will all applicants be selected for a position?
A:
No. Applicants are chosen through an automated random selection process. There are a limited number of positions for each opportunity; therefore, not all applicants will be selected.  

Q: What is the selection process?
A:
In general, the selection process is as outlined: 

  1. Eligible candidates will be considered for each opportunity applied.  
  2. A feature in the applicant tracking system enables applications to be randomized.  
  3. An offer of employment is sent to randomly selected candidates. Interviews may be required for certain positions.  
  4. Candidates must accept the offer to be hired for the position. 

Q: Can I transfer to another program?
A: 
No. Participants are considered for placement in positions in which they expressed an interest as identified on their application. There are a limited number of positions and transferring to another position may displace someone else. Therefore, we encourage participants to keep the position offered.  

Assignment Details

Q: How will I know about the details of my assignment, my supervisor’s contact information, and the days and hours of work?
A: 
Information regarding the work assignment, dates and hours to report, and other pertinent information will be sent to the selected participants by email.  

Troubleshooting

Q: If an applicant is unable to log into the application system, what should they do?
A: Call the governmentjobs.com hotline at (855) 524-5627.

Q: What if there is no or limited Internet access at home?
A: The employment application is web-based and can be completed from any computer with Internet access.