As part of its training curriculum, First State’s Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) held a Professional Development Orientation for the 90+ youth workers enrolled in the program. Representatives from Banking and Finance Corporations (Discover Bank), Military Services (Marines, U.S. Army), Law Enforcement, and local Universities (Delaware State University, Delaware Technical Community College, Wilmington University, and Salisbury University) presented insightful information on topics such as on job readiness skills, professionalism, and workplace conduct, financial literacy, civic responsibility, college and career planning. Program Manager Sandi Hagans said the objective of SYEP is to prepare youth for future success (within the classroom and workforce) and to give youth the hands-on training and skills needed to become productive, mature citizens.
The Summer Youth Employment Program currently provides youth ages 14-18 with job training and valuable work experience during the summer months. The program is currently administered in Sussex and Kent Counties by First State Community Action Agency and is largely funded through grants from the Delaware Department of Labor and Community Services Block Grants (CSBG).