Youth@Work/Summer Youth Enrichment Program

The 2020 Youth@Work/Summer Youth Enrichment Program (SYEP) is back!

The Prince George’s County SYEP has been one of the County’s signature programs for more than 30 years, and we couldn’t miss an opportunity to bring this program to the community in some form this year.

The SYEP Team has been hard at work this spring working on a new format for the program. This new format will include virtual learning opportunities for youth, as well as limited hands-on employment opportunities.

2020 SYEP Frequently Asked Questions

We’ve pulled together a list of frequently asked questions to help SYEP participants understand the onboarding process, program participation, time reporting and pay, and additional details about the 2020 program. If you have questions, please contact

2020 SYEP Kick-off Event

The 2020 SYEP Kick-off Event was held live on Thursday, June 25 via Zoom and featured Prince George’s County Executive, the Honorable Angela D. Alsobrooks, OHRM Director, Shawn Y. Stokes, and many more special guests and live entertainment.
Did you miss the event? Watch the recorded 2020 SYEP Kick-off Event

About the 2020 SYEP

The 2020 SYEP will include four (4) cohort opportunities for virtual learning and development, hands-on employment.

Age(s)CohortAbout the ProgramDurationProgram Dates

14 & 15

National Energy Education Development (NEED)

Energizing Student Potential (ESP) is a collaborative educational initiative designed to empower students to explore opportunities in STEM fields. This program will help youth to discover their own path to innovation through a variety of subjects and activities related to energy conservation.

4 weeks

July 6 – July 31

18 - 22

Office and Professional Skills

Prepare for full-time work after SYEP by developing life skills, professional skills, and computer skills, and becoming customer service certified via interactive remote instruction. High School Diploma required.

6 weeks

July 6 – Aug. 14

16 & 17,
21 & 22

Food Distribution

In collaboration with the Capital Area Food Bank, the Food Distribution initiative will offer youth the opportunity to assist with packing, staging, and distributing food boxes at various distribution hubs throughout Prince George’s County.

3 weeks

Group 1:
July 6 – July 24

Group 2:
July 27 – Aug. 14

16 - 18

Healthy Communities

This program offers youth a variety of selections related to achieving a healthy lifestyle; offerings include Zumba, and culinary/nutritional programming.

4 weeks

July 13 – Aug. 6

18 - 22

Core Skills Mastery (CSM Learn)

CSM Learn is a self-paced online course that offers training content and tailored coaching that builds high performance skills to help youth to succeed in school, work and life. 

4 weeks

July 13 – Aug. 14

16 & 17

Prince George’s County Leadership Academy

Opportunities in the following areas:

  • Quinn Cook Virtual Basketball
  • TV/Radio/Social Media Virtual
  • Youth Trade (Cosmetology, Barber, Auto Mechanic)
  • Business Teenpreneur Virtual
  • Legislative Virtual
  • Spoken Word & Poetry

3 weeks

July 20 – Aug. 7

Nonprofit, municipalities, and Prince George’s County Government will also be available. Assignments and start dates will vary.

Selection Process 

To be selected for the 2020 SYEP, youth must have already applied for the 2020 Program and already completed Job Readiness Training (JRT). Those eligible youth will be entered into a random lottery to receive an assignment offer. 

Important Dates ~ Check Your Email!

First group of assignment offers:

  • Tuesday, June 16, 2020, at 12 p.m. – assignment offers will be emailed to selected youth.
  • Thursday, June 18, 2020, by 5 p.m. – youth must respond by 5 p.m. or they will forfeit the assignment offer.

Second group of assignment offers:

  • Thursday, June 18, 2020, at 5 p.m. – assignment offers will be emailed to selected youth.
  • Saturday, June 20, 2020, by 5 p.m. – youth must respond by 5 p.m. or they will forfeit the assignment offer.

Assignment offers will continue to be extended to randomly selected eligible youth until all positions are filled. If all youth who completed JRT are placed in assignments and there are remaining employment or virtual learning opportunities, the SYEP team will begin the lottery process for youth who have not completed JRT. 

Additional Opportunities

Ages 17 and Under

  • Coming soon

Ages 18 and Over

  • Virtual Hiring Event (PDF)
    Collington Episcopal Life Care Community
    Thu., July 2, 2020
    10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.