Summer Youth Initiative

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 the spring —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.

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


In addition to the training and work experiences you will have through this program, volunteerism is a significant part of both TeenQuest and the Summer Youth Initiative (SYI) experience. Not only does it connect you with community members who need assistance, but it shows how the effort to lend a hand gives back to the volunteer on numerous levels.


Teens interested in participating in SYI are required to:

  • Be 14 to 19 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

Apply today

Applications are due March 27, 2020.

2020 SYI Application

You MUST submit an application to SYI by Friday, March 27, 2020 and attend the APRIL 25, 2020 JOB FAIR to be considered for employment.

Teens are responsible for completing and submitting their application to SYI on their own. Parents or other adults may assist the teen, but please do not complete the form for the applicant as this is an important part of the overall process for getting a job now and in the future.

For information on the SYI program contact James Avery at (810) 600-1458 or .

SYI applications are also available to pick up at the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce at the beginning of each school year. The Chamber is located in downtown Flint at 519 S. Saginaw St., Suite 200, Flint, MI 48502.

Completed applications are to be submitted only to the Chamber.