YouthWORKS Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP)

Annual, Community Supported Work Experience Program
The Youth Summer Employment Program offers Richmond youth, ages 16 to 21, the chance to work up to 100 hours in a variety of local jobs.  Our youth participants will gain professional experience working in government agencies, private businesses and non-profit organizations.

Prospective participants can submit their names to be added to our Summer Youth Employment Program Waitlist Opportunity. To add your name to the waitlist, please click here:

Please contact YouthWORKS at 510-412-2044 if you have any questions. 

It is with great excitement that I invite you to become a SYEP WORKSITE!

CLICK HERE for a listing of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).
These questions are designed to acclimate you to this process and I encourage you to contact us directly to help clarify additional questions you may have.

There are many advantages to becoming a worksite which include getting short term projects completed, curbing the temporary staffing costs, and most importantly, training the future of your field. Last year, over 250 Richmond youth received an opportunity to work up to 100 hours in many of our local leading industries. Not only did our youth receive a sense of economic empowerment, they also gained a sense of responsibility that boosted their self-confidence, acquired new skills, and contributed to their families and communities.

To be considered for the opportunity to become a SYEP worksite, please complete the on-line request form.
(The first review of worksite requests will be Friday – April 29th, 2016)

While we understand that not all businesses are in the position to provide a temporary worksite for our youth this summer, please understand that it takes approximately $1500.00 to provide a Richmond youth with 100 hours of subsidized work experience. In the event that you are able to provide a financial contribution, please make checks payable to “Richmond - SYEP” and send them directly to RichmondWORKS 330 25th St, Richmond, CA 94804.


YouthWORKS placed 257 Richmond youth into these opportunities during the summer of 2015.

Sponsored by the City of Richmond, Chevron, Mechanics Bank, Levine-Richmond Terminal, Richmond Pacific Railroad, Simms Metals, Contra Costa County Economic Opportunity Council and the Council of Industries the SYEP provides Richmond youth, age 16 to 21 with up to 100 hours of career path work experience over the summer months. 

Summer Youth Employment Program - WIB Report, 2015

YouthWORKS New Article: Summer Youth Employment

La Vie in Richmond

Episode I "Where the Heart is at Work"
Episode II "Career Exploration"
Episode III "The Skills You Need to Succeed"
Bonus Episode "Behind the Scenes"


For more information, please contact the YouthWORKS office at 510-412-2044.
Students working at Crescent Park Family Resource Center
Students working at Crescent Park Family Resource Center
Ajunee Mitchell worked at Pinole Paws Pet Grooming

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