Raleigh Summer Youth Employment

Last updated Dec. 16, 2014 - 10:20 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.

2014 RSYEP Application and Interview Dates & Locations

The RSYEP application and interview process is closed for the 2014 program cycle.

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, 2014.
  • Live within the Raleigh city limits.
  • Be available to work June 16 - August 15, 2014.
  • Be the only one in your household participating in this program.
  • Be available for program orientation on May 17, 2014.

How To Apply

To apply, participate in an interview at one of the locations listed above. At the interview site, you must fill out an application and provide the names and contact information of three references.

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 paper copy 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

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 Services Division.

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