266 Richmond youth enroll in summer employment program at 52 local work sites

266 Richmond youth sign up for summer employment program at 52 local work sites

A total 266 Richmond youth have enrolled in the city’s Summer Youth Employment Project (SYEP) and will be placed at one of 52 participating work sites, according to City Manager Bill Lindsay.

Four of those 52 work sites hope to hire some interns once the summer program ends, including TJ Maxxx, Blue Apron, Creative Industries Incentive Network and Hack the Hood. Dozens of interns are being placed with those companies and will receive advanced training in customer service and business operations, according to Lindsay’s weekly newsletter.

Another two other companies — Rising Sun Energy and Student Conservation Association — are offering 35 interns additional hours beyond those subsidized by SYEP.

The SYEP program is in its 11th year and provides Richmond youth ages 15 to 21 with up to 100 hours of career-path work experience over the summer months. They receive pre-employment training, help with financial literacy and management, essential work skills and resume tips.

In the last decade, more than 4,000 youth have participated in the program, 90 percent of which have come from households earning less than $30,000 a year.

At a recent orientation, about 190 of the interns and their parents attended an orientation, where they received inspiring speeches from Vice Mayor Jael Myrick, Gabino Arredondo  of the city manager’s office, Stacy Moffitt of Chevron Richmond, Lonnie Morris of College Prep Program, Sheryl Lane of “Earn,” an incentive savings program and Diego Garcia, a local businessman, activist and Richmond Sol coach.