What is the Prince George’s County Youth@Work/Summer Youth Enrichment Program
The Prince George’s County Youth@Work/Summer Youth Enrichment Program (Youth@Work/SYEP) is an award-winning, nationally-recognized program that helps young people ages 14-22 launch careers by providing them with free job readiness training and paid summer employment.
What are the criteria to participate in the Youth@Work/SYEP?
Youth must be a permanent resident of Prince George’s County, be between the ages of 14 – 22 on or by July 1 of the Program year and be eligible to work in the United States.
Is there a maximum number of years youth can participate in the program?
Is the Job Readiness Training (JRT) a prerequisite for employment?
No. However, youth are strongly encouraged to complete the training.
If youth participated in the JRT, are they guaranteed a position with the Program?
If youth register for JRT, does that mean they already applied for employment?
Yes. Youth must apply for employment through the Youth@Work/SYEP website at syep.mypgc.us prior to registering for JRT.
How do youth register for JRT?
Youth must register for JRT through the Youth@Work/SYEP website at syep.mypgc.us.
What is the application period for the 2020 Youth@Work/SYEP?
Applications are being accepted from January 6, 2020 through February 28, 2020.
How do youth apply for the Youth@Work/SYEP?
Go to the Youth@Work/SYEP website at syep.mypgc.us and select the link to “Apply for Job”.
Are youth required to work the entire six (6) weeks of the Program?
If youth are unable to log into the application portal, what should they do?
Please call the Youth@Work/SYEP Call Center at (301) 883-6200.
Is a work permit required at the time of applying?
No. Work permits are required for ages 14-17, if youth are offered and accept a position.
What if youth do not have an email account?
All applicants must establish an email account, owned solely by them, to apply and receive all correspondence regarding the 2020 Youth@Work/SYEP. Newly created emails must be in the form of a .com or .net extension. (PGCPS and PGCC emails addresses should not be used).
If youth applied for the Youth@Work/SYEP last year, are they required to apply again for this year’s Program?
Yes, past participants who wish to participate in the 2020 Program must apply again this year.
What if youth do not have Internet access at home?
The employment application is web-based and can be accessed from any device with Internet access. The public library is a recommendation.
Can college students participate in the Youth@Work/SYEP?
Yes. The age range does include college-aged youth up to the age of 22.
If a youth is 13 years old but will turn 14 after July 1, will he/she be eligible for employment?
No, youth must be the age of 14 on or by July 1 of the Program year.
WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?
What happens after youth complete the online application?
Periodic notifications regarding the Program will be sent via email, including employment offers. Employment offers will be made by or before May 1, 2020.
When will I be notified of my job placement?
Employment offers will be made by or before May 1, 2020.
How will I find out the details about my worksite assignment?
Your worksite supervisor will provide details regarding your worksite assignment.
When will youth complete employment documentation?
Youth will complete employment documentation online and during orientation.
Do youth get to select their worksite?
How are youth selected for employment?
Our goal is to match youth with their career interest based on their age, mode of transportation, and availability of positions.
Is there a number youth can call if they have any questions or concerns?
Yes, youth can call the Youth@Work/SYEP Call Center at 301-883-6200.
Is there an email address youth can use if they have any questions or concerns?
Yes. Email us at email@example.com.
ONBOARDING (Human Resources Paperwork)
Prior to Day 1 of my work assignment, what documents will I be required to complete?
Youth will complete employment documentation online and during orientation. Documents to be completed online include: state and federal tax forms, work permit (ages 14-17), beneficiary form, parental/guardian permission form (ages 14-17), and direct deposit form. Form I-9 must be completed in person at orientation.
What if I need help in completing my employment paperwork?
Instructions will be forthcoming when you have been offered and accepted a position.
I am a minor and have not worked previously, do I still need to complete the tax forms?
How will youth receive compensation?
Youth who work in nonprofit and government agency positions will be paid by direct deposit or debit card (more details to follow). Youth who work for private businesses will be paid by the business.
Is direct deposit required?
Youth are required to open a bank account for direct deposit. Wages are paid directly into each youth’s account.
What are the pay periods?
First Pay Day - July 17, 2020
Second Pay Day - July 31, 2020
Third Pay Day - August 14, 2020
Fourth (FINAL) Pay Day - August 28, 2020
Youth hired by a business will be paid in accordance to the business’ pay cycle.
Who do youth call if there is a concern regarding their paycheck?
The first step is to consult with your supervisor. It is the supervisor’s responsibility to research your working status. If the supervisor is unable to resolve the issue, please call the Youth@Work/SYEP Call Center at 301-883-6200.
If a payroll issue needs to be researched by the Youth@Work / SYEP Team, what is the process?
Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. In the body of the email, please be as detailed as possible and be sure to include which paycheck there is a concern with (i.e., first, second, third, or fourth check) so that we can begin resolving the issue. An Youth@Work/SYEP staff member will make contact to assist in resolving the concern.
How many hours will youth be permitted to work?
Youth ages 14-15 may work a maximum of 24 hours per week.
Youth ages 16-17 may work a maximum of 32 hours per week.
Youth ages 18-22 may work a maximum of 40 hours per week.
For youth hired by a business, the business will determine their work hours and rate of pay.
What is the rate of pay and will taxes be taken from any gross income?
The rates of pay are:
Youth ages 14-17 - $9.80 per hour
Youth ages 18-22 - $11.50 per hour
Social Security and Medicare taxes will be deducted from all youths’ earnings.
Will youth’s rate of pay increase if their age changes from 17 to 18 during the six (6) weeks employment period?
No. Youth are paid at the rate of pay from the age they are on July 1.