Employer Resources through Summer Youth Initiative

Making valuable connections in the workforce and earning money.

These are just a few of the elements Genesee County teens gain through the Summer Youth Initiative (SYI). And that is just the tip of the iceberg. The SYI program can help further teens academically, and guide them toward the right career path.  Your business can help put them on that right path.

Through the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce you can hire area students to work for you for half or less of your normal hiring and employment costs? Not only does this provide a competitive edge for your organization, the added bonus is that the students you’re connected with have been well-schooled and are ready to jump into the workplace.

By hiring a Summer Youth Initiative (SYI) applicant, Genesee County for profit businesses have the opportunity to employ teens at 50 percent of the normal hiring costs incurred during the first 90 days of employment. Genesee County non-profit organizations have the opportunity to employ teens at little or no cost.

RFP and Application

Download the 2020 SYI Request for Proposal (RFP)

Submission Deadline – March 19, 2020

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Download the For Profit Business Application

For Profit Applications are accepted year round and may be submitted at any time

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How it works

The Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce’s SYI program provides funding to area for-profit businesses to hire Genesee County teens, ages 14-18, in grades 9 through 12.  Simply apply by downloading our online business application at any point throughout the year.

If you are a nonprofit organization, the funding is distributed through a competitive proposal process. Requests for Proposals are issued every January and acceptance decisions are made by April.  SYI funds generally cover all teen employment costs and often cover limited program expenses as well.

Each year between 400-500 students are employed for eight to 10 weeks.  Since the inception of the program in 2006, Summer Youth Initiative has put over 2,000 teens into jobs all across Genesee County.

Teens are hired during the SYI Job Fair and throughout the year, which helps pair teens with job opportunities at local organizations and companies.  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, just to name a few.

All SYI teen applicants are successful graduates of TeenQuest, a pre-employment leadership training program designed to teach important job skills necessary to get and keep a job. SYI teens come to the workplace prepared to hit the ground running!