SYEP for U-M Employers

As a University of Michigan employer, you will help provide important work and mentorship experiences for young people as they build their professional networks and leadership skills. Your department will provide paid, temporary employment and mentorship for youth in a part-time capacity for 10 weeks over the summer. Program staff will provide additional wrap-around supports to ensure a successful experience.

Interested in participating but want to learn more? Please join us for one of the following Summer19 Employer Information Sessions:

  • Wednesday, February 20th | 8:30 – 10:00am | Wolverine Tower, 10th Floor Conference Room, 10004
  • Wednesday, February 27th | 8:30 – 10:00am | Palmer Commons, Great Lakes South Room
  • Wednesday, March 6th | 8:30 – 10:00am | Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, Room 1110

Location TBD, light breakfast and refreshments will be provided.

Please RSVP by February 11th.  

To RSVP and for additional questions please contact:

Learn more about Summer19 at:


What is expected from hiring departments?
Employers provide ten weeks of employment for 16 hours of work and 4 hours of enrichment at a rate of $10.00 or $12.00/hour. Departments are responsible for compensation. Youth are paid on a bi-weekly schedule, and units will follow standard payroll procedures. U-M Human Resources will facilitate all hiring and payment processes, including coordination of work permits for youth under the age of 18.

Can my unit submit more than one position?
Yes, your unit can request to hire more than one young person. Please be clear in the application if you will have multiple supervisors for the youth employees.

What can I expect from my experience as an employer?
Throughout the duration of the summer youth employment program, U-M employers will be offered continuous support from the program’s Success Coaches. Success Coaches serve as the primary point of contact for employers and are able to help navigate the program and create a positive experience for you as an employer. U-M Human Resources will also be available to help troubleshoot issues that may arise.

Employing a young person for the summer youth employment program is a rewarding experience! New situations may arise, but program staff will help you navigate them. Please note that this program is part of a county-wide partnership and U-M employers will be required to travel off campus for a small number of programmatic events (see calendar of dates below).

How are youth employees selected for the summer jobs program?
All youth ages 16-24 from Washtenaw County are eligible to apply, with priority given to low-income youth. After youth are randomly placed into a U-M or Washtenaw County cohort, they will attend an interview day with employers from their cohort. This is an opportunity for both employers and employees to find the best match for positions.

What kind of skills can I expect from my youth employee?
Youth employees come with a variety of skill sets and experiences. For some, this may be their first job while others may have years of experience. We encourage employers to be adaptable in terms of work for their employees, offering both support and more challenging work as needed. If there are specific skills or age restrictions that are required for the position being offered, please be sure to include them in the job description.

What are enrichment sessions?
Enrichment sessions are weekly workshops youth employees are required to attend facilitated by program staff and campus leaders. The sessions focus on topics designed to help youth build concrete job skills and grow their professional development.

Summer19 Timeline & Event Calendar

*Required events for all U-M employers.

April 3, 2019: Employer & Supervisor Orientation from 9:00 – 11:00am*
Location: Washtenaw Community College

At orientation, all Summer19 program employers from across Washtenaw County and the University of Michigan come together to learn about program goals and intended outcomes, meet staff members and Success Coaches, and engage in training activities. Orientation will provide an overview of the program, next steps, and serve as an opportunity for employers to ask questions as they prepare for hiring a young person.

April 24, 2019 – U-M Employer and Supervisor Workshop9:00 – 11:00am*
Location: TBD, U-M Campus.

After completing orientation, U-M employers will meet for an additional workshop to help prepare for employing and mentoring a young person.

May 22, 2019 – Interview Day with youth employees from 5:00 – 8:00pm*
Location: Washtenaw Community College

Supervisors will interview interested candidates for their position(s). Youth receive job descriptions in advance. After 5-7 “speed interviews”, hiring supervisors will complete ranking forms to give input into which youth would be a good fit for their positions. Youth will also complete these forms to ensure a mutually beneficial fit. Program staff will then “match” employers to youth.

June 17, 2019 – Youth Employee Human Resources Orientation

On the first day of work, youth employees will report to U-M HR and will work with program staff to complete all required steps of the standard hiring process including I-9 forms, basic M-card distribution, work permits, online applications, and background checks.

June 18, 2019: Youth begin work on site

This will be the first day youth employees report to their home department for work. The department will be responsible for any additional on-boarding requirements such as special MCard IDs, higher level login access, workspaces, department-specific training, etc. Youth will work for 16 hours per week at their job site and 4 hours per week in Friday enrichment sessions with success coaches.

July 17, 2019: Mid-Summer Community Engagement Event
Location: TBD

Employers, youth, families, and community members are invited to join us for a mid-program community picnic event.

August 22, 2019: End-of-Summer Celebration Event
Location: TBD

All are invited to help us celebrate the dedication of participating employers and the success of our young people!

August 23, 2019: Last official day of employment