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.

To get started, fill out the Employer Interest Form through the link below by March 16, 2018, and someone from the U-M team will contact you to confirm your participation.

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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.

Summer18 Timeline & Event Calendar

April 17, 2018: Employer & Supervisor Orientation from 9:00 – 11:00am*
At orientation, all Summer18 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. Location: Washtenaw Community College.

May 16, 2018 – U-M Employer and Supervisor Training 9:00 – 11:00am*
After completing orientation, U-M employers will meet for additional training to help prepare for employing a young person who is not a typical U-M student, and may even be employed for the first time. Location: 4448 East Hall, 530 Church Street, Ann Arbor.

May 30, 2018 – Interview Day with youth employees from 5:00 – 8:00pm*
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. Location: Washtenaw Community College.

June 18, 2018 – 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 19, 2018: 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 19, 2018: Community Engagement Event

August 24, 2018: Last official day of employment

August 23 or 24, 2018: Program Celebration Event

*Required for all U-M employers.