Why Be a Student Participant?

Youth Employment Services has a lot to offer the youth of our community. If you're trying to decide whether to apply, here are the Top 10 Reasons to choose YES. And don't forget to check out our Eligibility Requirements under the Students tab. 

  1. Make your own money! 
  2. Learn how to create and build your resume. 
  3. Get a savings account and learn about budgeting. 
  4. Discover what career fields match your skills, interests, and personality type. 
  5. Get real experience in the workforce. 
  6. Make connections with people who work in the career field you want to pursue. 
  7. Build up your soft skills (communication, teamwork, problem solving, time management) so you'll stand out in a job interview. 
  8. Gain interviewing and networking skills. 
  9. Build your confidence as an employee. 
  10. Did we mention you make money?!?

“I've learned that team work is the key ingredient for success. I've also learned that if you present yourself professionally and maintain great communication with your coworkers, you can accomplish just about anything. Thanks to SYEP, I am confident that I will succeed in the work environment and any endeavors I choose.”

~ Jasmine Johnson

What Our Students Say

“The program is such a huge blessing to young people like me. It gives us a chance to go out and see how it is to work in the real world and have hands-on experiences. The program is very impacting because you choose some great supervisors for us to work for.”

~ Maneia Sparks

“I highly recommend being in SYEP because it's not only about getting a job and making money, but actually coming together helping the community the best way you can and really knowing how to take that first step in following your future dreams.”

~ Rajesh Clemmons

YES Students

YES Student Eligibility Requirements:

There are several criteria that must be met by all students accepted to Youth Employment Services. Please read through them carefully before applying, and be sure to reach out via the Contact page if you have any questions.

  1. You must be a Champaign Unit 4 high school student.
  2. You must be part of the Free/Reduced Lunch Program.
  3. You must have a minimum 2.0 GPA for the calendar year prior to the summer for which you are applying.*
  4. You must have a minimum 90% school attendance rate for the calendar year prior to the summer for which you are applying.*
  5. You must have fewer than 2 days of in/out of school suspensions for the calendar year prior to the summer for which you are applying.*

* GPA Lower than 2.0? Attendance less than 90%? Let's talk. Provide a letter of recommendation from a teacher, counselor, mentor, Operation Hope, Care4U, coach, etc explaining your work to improve grades or attendance and your ability to suceed in YES.

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