Raleigh Summer Youth Employment

Last updated May 17, 2016 - 9:22 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 2016 Raleigh Summer Youth Employment Program will begin advertising on February 15, 2016.

Key Dates:

  • The 2016 application and interview process ended March 31, 2016.
  • Hiring Notifications: April 25-29, 2016
    • Hiring status will be emailed to email address on online application.
    • Hiring packets will be mailed to selected candidates.
  • Orientation: May 14, 2016
    • All positions have been filled. There are no more positions available for 2016.
  • Work Dates: June 13-August 12, 2016

2016 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 through August 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, 2016. 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. School identification cards will NOT be accepted. The correct online application must be completed and submitted before an eligible applicant can be interviewed.

The 2016 application and interview process ended March 31, 2016.

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.

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.
  • Passports and Birth Certificates will not be accepted.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Why is this program only for residents of the City of Raleigh?
    • This program is only offered to Raleigh residents because it is funded by the City of Raleigh taxpayers.
  • What are the qualifying ages to participate in the program?
    • If you are 15, 16, 17, or 18 years old on or before May 31, 2016 you qualify.
    • If you turn 15 on or after June 1, 2016 you do not qualify.
    • If you turn 19 on or before May 31, 2016 you do not qualify.
  • Is preference given to the earlier applicants?
    • No. All applicants are reviewed after all interviews have been conducted.
  • What is the difference between this program and the other jobs posted on the City of Raleigh’s website?
    • The Raleigh Summer Youth Employment Program only has one job posting where we will pull applicants for the various positions we offer.
  • Will my parent/guardian need to be present for the interview?
    • No.
  • Does the date and location of where I interview determine my work location and position?
    • No. All applicants will be asked during the interview process of their preferred location and position.
  • Why do I need a photocopy of official State of North Carolina issued identification with a photo?
    • This helps us confirm that the correct participant is a City of Raleigh resident and of proper age.
  • Will I be interviewed if I do not have a photocopy of the required identification?
    • No. You will be asked to provide a photocopy and return to the interview site or attend another session. They will not make copies for you at the interview sites.
  • If hired, where will I work?
    • Employees are assigned to work with one of the City of Raleigh Departments.
  • If hired, how many hours will I work?
    • Employees will work 20, 25 or 30 hours per week (4-6 hours per day).
  • Does this program provide transportation to and from work?
    • No.

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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