SummerWorks youth employment program opens applications for professional development, summer jobs
Updated: Feb 1, 2022
SummerWorks, an annual professional development and employment program for Washtenaw County youth, has opened applications for summer 2021. The program provides young adults ages 16 to 24 with work experience and exposure to a variety of career paths. Applications are now open through March 19.
SummerWorks is a partnership between the Washtenaw County Office of Community and Economic Development, Michigan Works! Southeast, and the University of Michigan. In past summers, the program's primary focus has been placing young people in summer jobs with local employers. Since the COVID-19 pandemic, SummerWorks has offered young participants professional development, connections with mentors, and opportunities to learn from guest speakers about career paths in a variety of industries.
At least 50 of this summer's participants will be placed in either virtual or COVID-safe jobs as SummerWorks tries to match the participants with their job preferences.
“You can make relationships and connections long after the program is over,” says Jordan Greene, project manager, University of Michigan Poverty Solutions.
Local businesses and nonprofits are encouraged to participate in the program by participating in the mentorship program, hiring a summer intern, or providing a guest speaker. This year SummerWorks has expanded its virtual offerings to include workshops on code switching and other diversity topics.
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MONICA HICKSON | WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2021