Shout out to Mayor’s Summer Youth Employment Program

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Anthony Allison is the Chief Initiative Officer of Norwalk ACTS.

Shout Out to Norwalk ACTS TEAM Summer Member Darlene Young and the Mayor’s Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) and jobsite partners.

The Mayor’s Summer Youth Employment Program prepares youth ages 14-18 for jobs via pre-employment workshops and matches them with employment opportunities where they can acquire new skills, explore a profession, learn to navigate in a business environment, contribute to the community, and earn money. The program operates for six weeks in July and August. Youth work 25 hours per week and earn minimum wage.

  • Each year the program receives more than 400 applications from Norwalk youth.

  • The goal for summer 2019 is to provide employment opportunities for 150 Norwalk youth.

  • Right now SYEP has resources for 125 youth.

For more information and if you would like to support SYEP, please contact Darlene Young at: [email protected]

A list of past and present SYEP jobsite partners:

Broad River Homes

Building & Land Technology

Carver Foundation of Norwalk

Closet & Storage Concepts

Columbus Magnet School

Comptroller’s Office

City Carting

Crystal Ice

CT Theater Dance School

Dog Gone Smart

Fair Rent / Human Relations

Fairfield County’s Community Foundation

Financial Accounting Foundation

First County Bank

First Taxing District Water Dept.

Fox Run Elementary School

Hellas Services Capital

KATIA Boutique

Keystone House, Inc.

Kumon Math & Reading Center

Marvin School

Lockwood Mathews Mansion Museum

Mid-Fairfield AIDS Project

My Eye Shoppe

Norwalk Board of Education

Norwalk Community College

Norwalk Community Health Center

Norwalk Education Foundation

Norwalk Fire Department

Norwalk Grassroots Tennis and Education

Norwalk Health Department

Norwalk Housing Authority

Norwalk Public Library

Norwalk Public Schools

Norwalk Public Works Department

Norwalk Summer Academy

Norwalk Transit District

Oasis Coffee

Open Door Shelter


Person to Person

PJR Trial Lawyers

Ponus Ridge Middle School

Pump it Up of Norwalk

Precision Dental Care, LLC

Rex Marine

Riverbrook Regional YMCA

Roton Middle School

Rowayton Library

Shore Haven Golf Club

South Norwalk Community Center


The Double Tree by Hilton Hotel

The Factory

The Maritime Aquarium of Norwalk

Unique Beauty Supply

Wave Hill Breads

Shout Out to Kumon Math and Reading Center of Norwalk, which is having an Open House on June 15th, 3 p.m.-6 p.m. One of the goals of Kumon is to make this summer a smarter summer for youth.

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4 responses to “Shout out to Mayor’s Summer Youth Employment Program”

  1. Diane Lauricella

    Great job, Darlene Young, Mayor’s office and all the listed companies that provide not only wages for the summer but also a peak into what the working world is like!

  2. Rhonda Nicholson

    I would like to know how to go about getting a job for my 14 year old in Norwalk.

  3. Tysen Canevari

    I have to tell you that I am dissapointed in the whole process. My son Kyle applied for the summer program. They ask you to go through an interview seminaar which he did. Then he had to get out of school early to make it to the interview at the police station. He eagerly awaited a response because it is so hard for a 15 year old to find a job. The response he received weeks later was a generic thank you but no thank you letter with Darlene Young’s stamped signature. No phone number or email attched or reason other than not enough jobs available. I wrote Darlene and copied the mayor for an explanation and the demographic make up of those awarded the jobs. Obviously, I didnt get a response. I believe it is wonderful we give kids an opportunity but be fair to all. Also, realize it is their first experience going for a job. Be a little more personable in telling them no.

  4. Kathy M

    Interested in finding out how to go about getting a job for my 14 year old.

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