Summer Youth Employment Program

Summer Jobs is for youth between the ages of 14-24 and aims to provide them with work experience and prepare them for tomorrow's careers

Summer Jobs is for youth between the ages of 14-24 years old and aims to provide them with valuable work experience and prepare them for tomorrow’s careers. Through paid on-the-job training, young adults develop soft skills and the work readiness skills necessary to build a career while building their resumes. Each youth is partnered with a job coach to assist them in exploring their career interests, creating a career plan and resume, gaining financial literacy skills, and helping them find employment beyond the program. 

Funded by the American Rescue Plan Act, the State of Missouri, and Local government, SYEP-STL City is more than just a job. It is a learning experience on topics like obtaining a job, keeping a job, and how to become a professional. The program aims to increase access to employment for hundreds of city youth and prepare young people for job opportunities of the future. 

Who is Eligible?

  • Applicants must live in the City of St. Louis and be between the ages of 14 - 24.
    • Students who are under age 17 will need a parent or legal guardian signature on the Eligibility Form
  • Eligible residents must reside in a household with an income below $69,090 and/or live in a Qualified Census Tract to apply. 

Required Documentation 

Eligible applicants must show documentation that shows proof of age, St. Louis residency, and household income. The same document may serve as proof of two categories; for example, a drivers license listing date of birth and City residence is proof of both age and residency.

One document as proof of age: 

  • Driver’s License 
  • Baptismal Record 
  • Birth Certificate
  • DD-214 
  • Work Permit 
  • Federal, State, or Local ID Card 
  • Passport 
  • Hospital Record of Birth 
  • Public Assistance/Social Service Records 
  • School Records or ID Cards 
  • Report of Transfer or Discharge Paper 

One document as proof of residency: 

Please provide an official document from the US government, an educational institution, a religious, medical, or social service agency, or a utility bill verifying your current address (within the most recent 30 days) containing the name of the individual requesting support or the individual's parent or legal guardian.

One document verifying household income: 

  • Bank Statements
  • Compensation Award Letter
  • Copy of Authorization to Receive Cash Public Assistance
  • Copy of Public Assistance Check
  • Court Award Letter • Employer Statement/ Contact
  • Family or Business Financial Records
  • Housing Authority Verification
  • Pay Stubs
  • Pension Statement
  • Public Assistance Eligibility Verification
  • Public Assistance Records
  • Quarterly Estimated Tax for Self Employed Persons
  • Refugee Assistance Records
  • Self-Attestation
  • Social Security Benefits
  • UI Claim Documents
  • UI Wage Records
  • Award Letter from the Veterans Administration
  • Proof of Assistance through the supplemental nutrition assistance program (SNAP) under the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 (7 USC 2011 et seq.)
  • Proof of State or local income based public assistance
  • Proof of youth residing in a qualified census tract

How To Apply

If you are interested in Summer Jobs opportunities, please fill out the Interest Form below. Our staff will review it and determine your eligibility. After that, they will contact you with your next steps. 

Note: Applications for youth ages 14-15 y.o. are currently added to the waiting list. You will be contacted by our staff when the opportunities become available.

Summer Jobs Interest Form


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