November 18, 2022

Employers Needed for 2023 Virginia Beach Summer Youth Employment Program

Help provide a meaningful work experience for local young people.

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Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation's Youth Opportunities Office (YOO) is seeking Virginia Beach-based businesses as employers for its 2023 Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP). As a participating employer, organizations agree to provide a local young person with a meaningful, paid summer work experience. Each year, the SYEP employs more than 100 youth across City agencies and private businesses. Interested employers should complete the online request form no later than March 7, 2023.

SYEP is open to Virginia Beach residents, ages 16 to 21, and runs from June 20 to Aug. 13. Participants will earn at least $15 per hour, working a minimum of 27-35 hours per week during the eight-week program.

Applicants will be screened, interviewed and matched with prospective employers by SYEP staff. Workplace readiness and financial literacy training are also provided during the orientation and throughout the entire program.

Participation as an employer in SYEP offers a wealth of benefits, such as:

  • The ability to provide Virginia Beach youth with a quality work experience.
  • Recruitment, eligibility, and placement process facilitated by SYEP program staff through an extensive and strategic onboarding process.
  • Support from SYEP program staff for both supervisors and youth.
  • Seven-weeks of having another employee available to help meet business goals and execute tasks.

Expectations of potential employment partners include:

  • Worksite must be located in Virginia Beach.
  • Provide productive and significant work assignments for youth to develop responsible work habits, basic job skills, an awareness of workplace expectations, and the chance to explore career interests.
  • Provide on the job training and worksite orientation.
  • Offer youth employees a minimum of 27-35 hours a week for seven weeks for at least $15 per hour.
  • Assign work site supervisor(s) who will serve as a positive mentor.

For additional information on becoming an SYEP employer, visit or contact Donovan McGuire at (757) 385-0432 or Applications are also now being accepted for SYEP youth participants through March 7.

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