For many Denton County kids, summer means a vacation - for others, summer means employment.
Many local high school students do not have the opportunity to work, however. This is why we facilitate the Mayor's Summer Youth Jobs Program, a collaboration between the City of Denton, Denton Chamber of Commerce, Denton Independent School District, and United Way of Denton County. This program provided local high school students with an opportunity to earn valuable work experience while also acquainting them with important skills like interviewing for a job, spending or saving their earnings wisely and positioning themselves for long-term employment.
"It's tough but rewarding work [at the City of Denton's Linda McNatt Animal Care Facility]. It makes me feel really great that I get to come in every day and make a difference."
~ Jalin Brown, program participant
As an Employer for the Mayor's Summer Youth Jobs Program you must be willing to:
Attend an Orientation Session and:
- Provide youth with training and paid work experience
- Work with a youth who may be vulnerable to at-risk behavior during the summertime
- Provide mentorship and encouragement to youth that you employ
As your partner, the Mayor's Summer Youth Jobs Program will:
- Provide youth with job interview and life-skills training
- Provide youth with access to appropriate workplace attire
- Support the employer/employee relationship throughout the program
What kind of jobs can youth do?
Youth can perform duties that range from basic office duties to light maintenance and landscaping. This is an opportunity for youth to get involved in many aspects of having a job. In addition to valuable real life work experience, this program is intended to develop awareness and workforce competencies that will prepare them for success after high school graduation.
Support the Mayor’s Summer Youth Jobs Program by:
- Making a financial donation
- Making a donation of food, supplies, and materials
- Volunteer as a presenter for job training and/or life-skills training
Fequently Asked Questions
What is the Mayor’s Summer Youth Jobs Program?
The Mayor’s Summer Youth Jobs Program is a collaborative effort of the City of Denton, Denton Independent School District, Denton Chamber of Commerce and United Way of Denton County. In 2015 these entities came together to develop a program that would provide at-risk students with paid work experience during the summer.
Who participates in the Mayor’s Summer Youth Jobs Program?
Any local high school student or recent high school graduate in the city of Denton can apply to participate in the Mayor’s Summer Youth Jobs Program.
Where do the students come from? Do they know anything about my industry?
Students can come from all over the city of Denton. Students will apply to jobs based on the job application submitted by each business. Their experience in the industry may vary from student to student. Some students may have little to no work experience prior to their involvement in the Mayor’s Summer Youth Jobs Program.
What is the durations of the Mayor’s Summer Youth Jobs Program?
Students will be placed at the business/organization for 8 weeks total. (June 12th – August 4th)
What is the timeline?
January 12 and 27 and February 9: Employer Info Session
February 19: Job Description Forms Due from Employers
March 1: Student Application Released
April 15: Student Application Due
April 17-21: Student Applications reviewed and students selected for interviews
Week of April 24-28: Interviews (TBD)
Week of May 1-5: Interviews (TBD)
May 15 (tentative): Selection/Placement information released to students
Week of June 5: Orientation for parents/students/employers
June 12: Students start date
August 1 (tentative): Reception and proclamation at Council Meeting
August 4: Last day of employment
When are students assigned to their jobs?
Students will receive information about their job placement in the month of May.
What is the age range for participants?
Participants can range from age 15-21.
How much should students should be paid?
Estimated cost per student hire
*$7.25 per hour
*Estimate based on 20 hours per week
Student are required to be paid a minimum of $7.25 per hour.
How many hours a week should students work?
Students should have at least 20 hours of work per week.
Will I be able to hire a student after the program completes?
After the 8 week program, businesses and companies are welcome and even encouraged to offer full-fledged employment to participants.
How else can I support the program?
You can support the program by donating funds to support a student, acting as a presenter for a training session or volunteering as a mentor for a student in the program.
Can a student participate if they are also attending summer school?
Participants will need to be able to commit to 20 hours per week during business hours. The students schedule will depend on the business/organization.
What kind of training will students receive?
Students will receive training related to career paths, employment etiquette, etc.
If you’d like to sponsor a training session please contact Kayla Stewart at Kayla@UnitedWayDenton.org or 940-566-5851 Ext. 119