On August1, 2018, First State Community Action Agency held a ceremony in Georgetown recognizing 84 teen workers from Sussex and Kent Counties for their participation and accomplishments in the Summer Youth Employment Program. First State recognized the youth for their dedication in the program and gave acknowledgement to the partnering agencies which served as job training sites. Keynote speaker, Michelle Taylor (President & CEO of United Way of Delaware) gave inspiring words to the youth while student workers reflect on their journey and experience in the seven week program. Students were presented with certificates of appreciation for their contributions to the communities and workplaces they served while in the summer employment program. First State would like to extend special thanks to all the funders and partners who make the Summer Youth Employment Program possible and our youth SUCCESSFUL! . . . The Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) 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). Youth gained hands-on job training skills from 45 partnering organizations—schools, libraries, nonprofit agencies, etc—which served as work sites. Teens are employed for approximately seven weeks (or 210 hours) at these partner sites each earning $8.25 per hour. Moreover, youth engaged in professional development and skills training workshops on job readiness, professionalism, and workplace conduct, financial literacy, civic responsibility, college and career planning.