Raleigh Summer Youth Employment

Last updated Sep. 23, 2015 - 9:17 am
  • Training for the Summer Youth Employment Program
  • A Summer Youth employee works at the Raleigh Television Network.
  • Youth employees in the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department

The Raleigh Summer Youth Employment Program helps teens ages 15-18 to develop their skills and prepare for future employment by spending the summer working for the City of Raleigh.

The 2015 Raleigh Summer Youth Employment Program application process is closed. The 2016 Raleigh Summer Youth Employment Program will begin advertising in February 2016.

2015 RSYEP Process

The Raleigh Summer Youth Employment Program provide job opportunities to teens ages 15-18 who live within the Raleigh city limits. Those selected will work 20 to 30 hours a week as office staff, light laborers, staff assistants, and recreation counselors. The program runs from June 15 to Aug. 14, 2015 and pay is $7.25 an hour.

The program provides not only work experience but also life skills training and mentoring by local lawyers, law enforcement officers and other professionals. Teens in the program attend workshops on topics such as employment readiness, work ethic development, communication, budgeting, decision-making and conflict resolution.

To be eligible, a teen must live within the city limits of Raleigh and be at least 15 and no older than 18 as of May 31, 2015. To prove age and residency, applicants must submit a clear photocopy of a North Carolina driver’s license, learner’s permit or NC state identification card. (Copiers will not be available at the interview sites.) Documentation must be provided at the time of interview. Temporary driving certificates, state identification cards receipts, and school identification cards will NOT be accepted.

Types of Jobs

Teens accepted for the program work 20 to 30 hours a week and earn $7.25 an hour. Summer youth jobs fall into these categories:

Office staffers file, fax, copy, answer telephones, perform data entry and deal with the public. Office personnel are expected to dress in a professional manner as specified by the employing department. Typing and computer skills are required.

Light Labor
Participants work in landscaping, street cleanup, warehousing, athletic field preparation, fleet services (detailing cars, washing bay areas, etc.), paint crew and general maintenance.

Recreation Counselors
Junior counselors interact with the campers and assist senior counselors with games, crafts and other camp activities. Activities are held indoors and outdoors.


To be eligible, you must:

  • Be age 15-18 as of May 31, 2015.
  • Live within the Raleigh city limits.
  • Be available to work June 15 - August 14, 2015.
  • Be the only one in your household participating in this program.
  • Be available for orientation on May 16, 2015.

How To Apply

To apply, an online application must be completed before an applicant will be interviewed. The applications will be submitted through the city's Online Application Process. All summer youth positions will be posted on February 16, 2015.

After an online application has been submitted, you will need to attend ONE of the interview sites. At the time of the interview, you will be required to provide proof of age and proof that you live within the city limits of Raleigh. To meet this requirement, you must provide a clear photocopy of one of the following forms of identification - NO EXCEPTIONS:

  • North Carolina driver's license
  • North Carolina learner's permit
  • North Carolina state issued identification card (available at the NC Department of Motor Vehicles)

After applicants submit their online application, they must select a site for their interview session. All interview sessions will be from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the following locations and dates::

  • Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at Millbrook Exchange Park, 1905 Spring Forest Road
  • Thursday, March 5, 2015 at Biltmore Hills Community Center, 2615 Fitzgerald Drive
  • Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at Lake Lynn, 7921 Ray Road
  • Thursday, March 12, 2015 at Lions Park Community Center, 516 Dennis Avenue
  • Monday, March 16, 2015 at Roberts Park Community Center, 1300 East Martin Street
  • Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at Chavis Community Center, 505 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
  • Friday, March 20, 2015 at Tarboro Road Community Center, 121 Tarboro Road
  • Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at Marsh Creek Community Center, 3050 New Hope Road
  • Thursday, March 26, 2015 at Jaycee Park Community Center, 2405 Wade Avenue
  • Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at Halifax Community Center, 1023 Halifax Street

An applicant may choose any interview location. The location chosen has no relation to where an applicant might work if hired.

Required Documents

  • You must bring a clear paper copy of one of these documents or you will not be interviewed. Copiers are not available at the interview sites.
  1. North Carolina driver's license
  2. North Carolina learner's permit
  3. North Carolina state issued identification card
  • NO school identification cards will be accepted.
  • Temporary driving certificates, temporary North Carolina identification cards, or receipts will NOT be accepted.
  • Passports and Birth Certificates will not be accepted.

Life Skills, A-Game Certification and Mentoring

Many summer youth employees also participate in Life Skills Development workshops throughout the year. The workshops help young people develop leadership characteristics and other skills. The sessions cover such topics as employment readiness, communication, budgeting, decision-making and conflict resolution.

Summer Youth workers are also trained and certified in the seven principals of "Bring Your A-Game to Work", a national work ethic proficiency curriculum.

In addition, summer youth employees are encouraged to take part in Lunch with a Lawyer and Law Enforcement. The mentoring program is sponsored by the Wake County Bar Association and the Raleigh Police Department. Summer youth employees have lunch with local lawyers, judges and other law enforcement personnel and often stay in touch with them throughout the year. The professionals serve as adult mentors, providing guidance and advice to the young people as they consider their future careers.


"The program not only helps the City but also lets young people gain work experience and training. Participants like Khadijah exemplify the best of the Summer Youth Employment Program," says Cathey Ector, who coordinates the program for the Community Engagement Division.

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