Jacksonville has a pool of students who are motivated to work and ready to acquire the skills and experience needed for the 21st century workforce. All they need is an opportunity.
Funded by the Jessie Ball duPont Fund, JP Morgan Chase and the Bank of America Charitable Foundation, the Youth Employment Program connects teens ages 16-19 with job readiness training, a finance workshop, individual coaching and exposure to careers matching their talents and interests. Youth are matched with local companies and nonprofit organizations for paid, six-week internships that help them gain career experience.
Program activities start in early May. Those selected to take part in program activities will attend mandatory job readiness training and mock interviews in May and a finance/budget workshop in mid-June. The six-week internship is June 15 – July 24, 2015. A few internships may take place June 8 – July 17, 2015.
How does the program help teens?
- Matches youth with part-time (15 hours per week) or full-time (30 hours per week) internships
- Pay is Florida minimum wage of $8.05 per hour
- Youth learn appropriate work behavior and expectations, get on-the-job training and mentoring by professionals
- Interns interact weekly with assigned Youth Development Specialists (YDS), who will contact interns and employers to see how the internship is progressing. Interns can share questions, concerns and positive news with their YDS.
- Complete a capstone project to highlight the internship experience. Employer coaches will assign interns a project to work on during the six-week internship. Projects completed by past interns range from research, creating an email database, writing weekly blogs and assisting with event coordination.
Who can apply?
Most of our openings are filled by teens referred to the program through youth-serving agencies, who recruit students from their programs to participate. However, there are limited openings for teens not involved with a youth organization or program. Interested youth must meet the following requirements.
- Be between the ages of 16-19. Must be at least 16 years of age at the time application is submitted.
- Qualify for free or reduced-price lunch or family income 185% federal poverty level or less
- Have at least a minimum grade point average of 2.0
- Attend mandatory job readiness training, a mock interview and financial literacy workshop
What documents should be submitted with the program application?
1. Proof of 2.0 GPA or higher – Must provide one of the following documents as proof.
• Report card (dated within the last six months)
• School Transcript (doesn’t have to be an official transcript)
• Parent Portal (print out current semester)
2. Work and/or community service history
• Resume or sheet listing experience
3. United Way of Northeast Florida Photo Release Form
• Signed by parent or guardian if youth under the age of 18
Once a student has been notified that they have an internship, they must immediately provide the following documents:
• Social Security Card – A copy will be made
• Proof of Age and Employment Authorization – Official picture ID (State, School, Driver’s License, Valid U.S. Passport or Birth Certificate). Employers may require that youth have a form of ID (not school ID) upon entering a worksite.
Does submitting an application mean that a youth has been accepted into the program?
No, submitting an application doesn’t guarantee that a student will be a part of the program. Not all students will be accepted due to limited openings. An incomplete application without the required documents will disqualify a student from being considered. Students will receive an email stating whether or not they have been selected to participate in the next step in the process which is to attend job readiness training.
Is attendance at job readiness training, financial workshop and mock interview required?
Yes, job readiness training, financial workshop and mock interviews are mandatory activities. Any student who is selected to participate and fails to attend will be disqualified from the program. Training prepares teens for their internships, being in a work environment and managing their money. Job readiness and mock interviews will take place in May and financial workshop in June.
Job Readiness Training – Those selected to attend training must select one session.
• Session 1: May 8 (4 – 8 p.m.) and May 9 (8 a.m. – 5 p.m.) or
• Session 2: May 15 (4 – 8 p.m.) and May 16 (8 a.m. – 5 p.m.)
Mock interviews are tentatively scheduled for May 20 between 3:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Those who have completed training will be eligible to be mock interviewed. The financial literacy workshop will take place in mid-June prior to interns receiving their first pay check.
Will students be paid for attending job readiness training and mock interviews?
No, students won’t be paid for participating in job readiness training and mock interviews.
If a youth attends and actively participates in all activities will they be matched with an internship?
Meeting activity attendance requirements does qualify a student for being matched with an internship. Program staff will observe student behavior at all activities. Maturity level, participation and the number of available internships will determine if a student will be placed.
What types of internships are offered?
Internships may be offered in the following industries: financial services, health and life sciences, summer camps, Information Technology, HR (human resources), logistics, public relations and marketing, public sector and nonprofit.
What is the deadline for submitting an application?
Space is limited. Applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis until April 27 and must be signed by a parent or legal guardian unless 18 or older.
Mailed applications must be post marked by April 21.
The six week internship period is June 15 – July 24, 2015.
What kind of internships is United Way seeking for interns?
We are looking for internships in high demand job areas as well as internships in Jacksonville’s target growth industries such as:
- Advanced Manufacturing
- Aviation and Aerospace
- Financial and Insurance Services
- Health and Life Sciences
- Information Technology
- Logistics and Distribution
We are also seeking a limited number of nonprofit, marketing, retail and summer camps internships.
What are the benefits?
- A pre-screened intern who completed job readiness training and interview
- Orientation for employer coaches on fostering youth development and creating a project-based internship and program procedures
- Support from Youth Employment Program staff throughout the internship
- Involvement in a community-wide effort to develop the collective workforce needed by our local economy
What role will my company play?
- Expose interns to a corporate environment and different career paths
- Mentor youth on education and career goals
What types of training will interns receive?
Youth will receive job readiness and financial literacy training to help them be successful in the workplace.
How are interns compensated?
Interns receive a bi-weekly stipend by the youth-serving organization supporting them.
How can my company participate?
- Host and mentor youth interns at your site
- Participate in mock interviews and provide youth with constructive feedback on their interview skills
- Serve on the advisory committee to expand internship opportunities to Jacksonville youth
- Provide additional funding for stipends. You may make a tax-deductible contribution to support an intern at your company or a non-profit organization.
Will you offer an orientation for employers?
Yes, the program will provide an orientation for employer coaches, who will supervisor and mentor interns. Program procedures, best practices and fostering youth development will be addressed.
To learn more, contact Angela Mack, Youth Employment Manager, at 904-390-3204.