The City of Riviera Beach, through the Youth Empowerment Program, have officially launched their Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP). The program is divided into two segments and will offer an eight-week leadership camp and an eight-week paid internship employment program. The program is proposed to service 85 teens and young adults.
The summer leadership camp has openings for 30 students, ages 14-15. Students accepted into the leadership camp will report to the Youth Empowerment Center (1550 W 28th Street, Riviera Beach FL, 33404), Mon.-Fri. from 9:00am- 5:00pm. Participants who successfully complete the program will receive a $600 educational stipend, dispersed in three payments.
The Summer Internship Employment Program will place 55 young people, ages 16-21, in external paid internships. Participants will work 25 hours per week and be paid $8.25 per hour.
“We wanted to provide alternatives for young people so they don’t get themselves in trouble,” City Manager Jonathan E. Evans, said. “So the council has appropriated an additional $300,000 to ensure that our young people in our communities have opportunities for gainful employment.”
Summer dates for both programs are June 19 through Aug. 11.
To qualify for participation, applicants must provide proof of Riviera Beach residency with a report card or utility bill. Applications for both programs must be submitted on May 16 and May 18 between 5-8pm at the Lindsey Davis Community Center; 1550 W. 28th Street, Riviera Beach, FL 33404. Participants for both programs are chosen on a first-come-first-served basis.
For more information about the programs contact 561-840-0135.