Frequently Asked Questions
What are the expectations for youth?
You are expected to complete 20 hours of work per week from June 15th through August 21st. In addition, there are several activities and events throughout the summer that you must attend. They include: a 2-hour orientation, 10 hours of soft skills training, enrichment sessions, a 2-hour job fair, a mid-summer celebration event, and the end-of-summer celebration. If you need to miss a day of work or are unable to attend an event, you must let program staff know in advance. A no-call, no-show will disqualify you from participating in Summer Works.
Key dates for youth are listed below:
Do I need a legal form of ID to participate in the program?
Am I guaranteed to get a job?
If you are accepted into the program and attend all required events, you are guaranteed a summer job placement. You may not get your first choice job placement, but your career interests will be taken into consideration when making job matches and you will learn valuable workplace skills no matter where you are placed.
Who can apply?
Any person between 16-24 years old living in Washtenaw County who is eligible to work may apply.
I've filled out the application, now what?
Once the application deadline has passed you will receive a phone call and email to the number and email address you included in your application form, to inform you about your acceptance into the program and next steps for your participation. Please be sure to check your email and phone messages regularly during the three weeks following the deadline. If you have not heard from program staff by mid-April please contact Shana Collins at firstname.lastname@example.org. In the meantime, be sure to mark the important program dates on your calendar, as you will be required to attend all events if you are accepted into the program.
Benefits of the Program
How much money can I make over the summer?
You will be expected to work 20 hours per week throughout the duration of the 10-week program. Youth with a high school diploma or equivalent will earn $12 per hour and have the potential to make $2,400 before taxes. Youth without a high school diploma or equivalent will earn $10 per hour and have the potential to make $2,000 before taxes. Some employers may offer the option to work more than 20 hours per week.
What skills will I learn?
If you come prepared to learn, you will develop important professional skills to help you succeed in the workplace. These include, but are not limited to, communication, teamwork, professionalism, computer skills, problem solving and leadership. You will be supported by program staff throughout the summer and will have opportunities to practice job interviews, create a resume, learn about job applications and make a career plan.
What support is offered through the program?
What if I have never had a job before?
No problem! SummerWorks is designed to help you develop important workplace skills. Program staff will support you throughout your summer employment experience.
What are the work expectations for youth?
What types of jobs do you offer?
Equipment Specialist Assistant for University of Michigan-Athletics
IT Project Assistant for University of Michigan Information & Technology Services
Program Assistant for Michigan Medicine Department of Social Work
Childcare Provider University of Michigan Children's Centers
Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office
Washtenaw County Office of Community & Economic Development
Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation
Eastern Michigan University
Corner Health Center
City of Ypsilanti
Ypsilanti Community Schools
Washtenaw Intermediate School District
United Way of Washtenaw County