Summer Youth Initiative

The Summer Youth Initiative (SYI) program helps qualified teens find employment

What is SYI?

The Summer Youth Initiative (SYI) program helps more than 500 qualified teens find employment each year.

Each year the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce works with area nonprofit and for-profit businesses to hire students just like you. As a Summer Youth Initiative teen you can gain more than just a job. You can also get experience, learn valuable social skills and make connections that could one day direct you toward your dream job.

Teens are hired following the SYI Job Fair in April —as well as throughout the year—and jobs range from summer day camp counselors working with young children, general office duties, reading assistants, beautification and gardening assistants, library assistants and the food bank, to name a few.

Special Job Fairs for former SYI participants that have graduated from high school are also available twice a year.  Click here to learn more about upcoming Job Fairs.


Teens interested in participating in SYI are required to:

  • Be 14 to 18 years old
  • Currently be in grades 9th through 12th
  • Reside and attend school in Genesee County, either public, private, charter, alternative, or home school
  • Have successfully completed the TeenQuest  pre-employment leadership training

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