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Summer Youth Employment Program

A summer job can be an important step on the path to a solid career. Our Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) runs from July 6 through August 14 and places youth ages 14 to 21 in jobs to acquire an appreciation of the labor market, gain insights into their strengths as employable citizens and learn marketable skills.

At this time, youth and employer applications are no longer being accepted. If you submitted an application before March 13, continue to check your email for updates.

Youth Participants

During the program, youth receive support from program monitors, counselors and caseworkers.

  • Receive training in workplace and job readiness
  • Engage in career and college exploration
  • Receive job retention support and employer evaluations


In order to participate in the 2020 SYEP, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Be between ages 14 to 21 (exceptions may apply)
  • Complete a six-week (150 hours) paid work experience that fosters the achievement of 21st-century skills through work-based learning.
  • Work a maximum of 25 hours per week

Approved applicants will be required to submit the following documentation:

  • Birth certificate
  • Driver’s license; or MD ID card, School ID card with a photograph. If you are under 18 and do not have any of these, you can substitute the following
    • School record or report card
    • Clinic, doctor or hospital record
    • Daycare or nursery school record
  • Social Security card or SSA number printout
  • W-4—Employee’s Withholding Allowance Certificate
  • MW507—Employee’s Maryland Withholding Exemption Certificate
  • I-9—Employment Eligibility Verification
  • Onsite Emergency and Medical Treatment Form

Note: If you have a passport you do not need a photo ID or birth certificate.

Employer Opportunities

Employers who are interested in working with you are still able to submit applications to either host or sponsor a youth in this six-week program. Sponsoring employers have two options:

  1. Fund the wages for youth to work at a selected worksite through payment to Baltimore County Government.
  2. Fund wages and also provide a work experience with their business. 

​Youth work five hours a day for 25 hours per week at minimum wage ($11). Hosting employers provide the work, while wages are covered by the County. Baltimore County will process payroll, provide liability coverage and provide one-on-one staff support. Employers benefit by helping to ensure the quality of our future workforce by providing valuable work experiences and an opportunity to increase occupational skills.

Other benefits include: 

  • Recognition as a vested partner of Baltimore County Government if you choose to sponsor youth
  • Meeting and interviewing selected youth to determine the best fit for your business. (Youth are pre-screened and matched by the Department of Economic and Workforce Development)
  • Helping youth learn valuable skills and gain practical work experience
  • Tapping into new ideas and fresh perspectives
  • Gaining the chance to build your staff’s supervisory and mentoring skills
  • All employment forms (work permit, I-9 and tax) will be managed and completed by our department.


  • All worksites are required to place youth in jobs that promote marketable skills.  
  • All employers must meet the State of Maryland Child Labor Law requirements.
  • All employers will not discriminate with respect to any program participant because of race, creed, color, national origin, sex, political affiliation or beliefs.
  • Employers must comply with titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, and all other applicable Federal, State and local laws and regulations applicable to nondiscriminatory practices.
  • Lunch breaks for youth must be a half hour or one hour per day. Youth will not be paid for lunch breaks.


The following is prohibited by law prohibitions related to youth employment:

  • Youth are not allowed to perform work activities at swimming pools, casinos, golf courses, aquariums and zoos. However, youth are allowed to serve as chaperones on field trips to swimming pools, aquariums and zoos.
  • Youth are not allowed to perform jobs that involve sectarian activities or religious worship.
  • Permanent employees must not be displaced by youth workers.
  • Employers must not engage in nepotism.

More Information

Learn more by contacting Youth Services by calling 410-887-4813 or emailing

Revised July 1, 2020         


Department of Economic and Workforce Development

A proud partner of the American Job Center Network

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