For many youth, entering the workforce and holding that first paycheck can be a source of immense pride and satisfaction. For the CSC, when that happens we have helped fulfill the core of our mission to “enhance children’s lives and empower them to become responsible, productive adults.” That is why the CSC funds the Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP). Working with CareerSource Broward, this collaborative summer work experience program provides paid employability skills training and employment opportunities for youth 16-18-year old at 227 worksites across Broward County. In FY 2017/18, CSC funding provided employment for 617 youth, and CareerSource Broward leveraged that funding to serve 134 additional participants. Reflecting the community’s commitment to a continuum of services, 54% of SYEP 2018 participants were referred from other CSC-funded programs, such as New DAY and LEAP High, as well as from the dependency system.
In addition, this past year, CareerSource Broward began actively promoting SYEP to private sector businesses, receiving support from the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance through the Greater Fort Lauderdale Education Action Team (GREAT). The work group created marketing materials and made presentations to show business leaders the value of providing summer job opportunities through SYEP to chambers of commerce, local boards and industry associations. CareerSource is following up on leads gained to expand future private sector employment opportunities.