Summer Youth Employment Program is a Continued Success Posted: September 08, 2014 Updated: September 08, 2014

Around 80 youth participated in OLHSA’s Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) this summer. OLHSA’s SYEP, funded by the Michigan Department for Natural Resources (MDNR), was and continues to be a success. The program runs from June to September each year and provides comprehensive services to Pontiac youth ages 16 to 19 years old.

The main goal of the OLHSA’s SYEP is to “positively engage a new generation of diverse leaders with meaningful employment readiness skills, environmental education and outdoor recreation."

The four primary components of SYEP are Employment Readiness Skill Workshops & Introduction to Business Leaders, Opportunities to Experience Outdoor "Hands-On" Work, Outdoor Natural Resource Based Recreational Experiences and Tutoring, Employment Linkages, Guidance and Support.

This summer’s youth participants worked in state and local parks providing invasive species removal, park clean up and rubbish removal. Our participants also attended career and educational field trips to colleges, universities and businesses such as Oakland University, Baker College, Cooley Law School, The Palace of Auburn Hills and GM Powertrain. In addition, the SYEP helps each participant with resume writing, exploring various career paths and school support.

Thank you to the MDNR, local business and the following OLHSA staff: Kathie Flanery, Kevin Green, Jason Blanks, Tom Ferguson, Rachel Parks, Evelyn Jones, Portia McIntosh, Taylor Fowlkes and Ryan Miller, who have made the SYEP such a notable success.