Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Employers

What is the Summer Youth Employment Program?
It is a government-funded program operated by RochesterWorks! in collaboration with the City of Rochester, with the intent of providing meaningful summer work opportunities to youth ages 14-20 within Monroe County. For some youth that apply, this is their first opportunity to gain real-world work experience.

What is the Direct Placement Program?
Several thousand youths apply to the summer programs each year. The Direct Placement Program is a subset of the summer program designed to serve youth ages 16-20 who demonstrate a higher level of job-readiness than most. Participants are placed in positions in the public, not-for-profit, or private sector for the duration of the six-week program.

When does the program take place?
Youth typically begin their work assignments in late June or early July, and complete 6 weeks of work at a minimum of 20 hours per week. Before youth are placed, they will have already applied to the program, attended pre-screen interviews to determine their readiness, and submitted supporting documentation to confirm eligibility.

Do I have to pay for my intern?
No. The cost of employee wages is covered by RochesterWorks! The worksites are solely responsible for providing their interns with a meaningful work experience through coaching and mentoring. RochesterWorks! staff will provide follow-up monitoring to ensure that both the intern and worksite partners have a beneficial and enjoyable experience.

What businesses and organizations participate in the Summer Youth Employment Program?

2021 Work Sites

  • ABC Head Start
  • Action for a Better Community
  • Aenon Baptist Church
  • Boys & Girls Club
  • Breaking All Barriers
  • Caribbean Heritage Restaurant
  • Center for Teen Empowerment
  • City of Rochester
  • Cobblestone Arts Center
  • Cook Iron Store
  • Craig Carson Law
  • Custo Print
  • Cutaia’s Meat Market
  • Easy High School
  • Encompass Resources for Learning
  • Exercise Express
  • Flower City Noire Collective
  • Fly High Drones Park
  • Foodlink
  • Goodwill of the Finger Lakes
  • Hancock45
  • Hedonist Artisan Chocolates
  • HoopsStrength Inc
  • Industry Residential Center
  • Ma’ama Tee’s Cooking and Catering
  • Maplewood Neighborhood Association
  • Marvelous Mind Academy
  • Memorial Art Gallery
  • Mentors Inspiring Boys & Girls
  • Mind/Body Institute
  • Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES
  • Monroe Community College
  • Monroe County Department of Human Services
  • Monroe County Department of Environmental Services
  • Monroe County Public Defenders Office
  • Northeast College Prep
  • NYS Assembly
  • Oak Grove Companies of New York LLC
  • OFC Creations LLC
  • Paula’s Essentials
  • Pearl Ministries
  • Pearl Resources
  • Prosper Rochester, Inc
  • Rochester City School District
  • Rochester Community TV, Inc
  • Rochester Museum and Science Center
  • Rochester Public Library
  • RochesterWorks
  • Salvation Army
  • Seneca Park Zoo Society
  • Sew Green
  • T&D Delivery LLC
  • Taproot Collective
  • TES Staffing
  • The Community Place of Greater Rochester
  • The Warrior Factory
  • U Chat Vision
  • Unity Health
  • University Preparatory Charter School
  • Writers & Books
  • YMCA of Greater Rochester


2019/2020 Work Sites
ABC Head Start
Action for a Better Community
• Avenue Black Box Theater
• Biodrill Technical Solutions
• Center for Teen Empowerment
• City of Rochester Department of Recreation and Human Service
• City of Rochester Dept. of Recreation & Youth Services
• Cook Iron
• Cornell Cooperative Extension
• Craig Carson Law
• CustoPrint
• Dock Hardware
• East High school Step up to college
• Epik Hair Studio
• Flower City Noire Collective
• Foodlink
• Goodwill of the Finger Lakes
• Hancock45
• Hedonist Artisan Chocolates
• Horizons at Warner
• Ibero American Action League, Inc
• Marvelous Mind Academy
• Memorial Art Gallery
• Notre Dame Learning Center
• OFC Creations
• Pathstone Corporation
• Power & Construction Group
• Rochester Institute of Technology
• Rochester Public Library
• Seneca Park Zoo Society
• Sew Green
• St. Mark’s St. John’s
• University Preparatory Charter School

2018 Work Sites
Action for a Better Community (Energy Conservation & Head Start)
Aenon Baptist Church
Biodrill Technical Solutions
Cathedral Community
Charles Settlement House
Children Awaiting Parents
City of Rochester – Literacy Aide
City of Rochester – Strings for life
City of Rochester -Verona Animal Shelter
• Cloverwood Senior Living
• Community Lutheran
• Companion Care of Rochester
• Cooking and Eating Healthy with Phil
• Dock Hardware
• Fight Village
• Friendly Home
• Generations Child and Elder Care, Inc.
• Gluten-Free Chef Prosper Rochester, Inc.
• Goodwill of the Finger Lakes
• Hedonist Artisan Chocolates, LLC
• Huther Doyle Memorial
• Monroe County – Monroe Community Hospital
• Monroe County -Various Departments
• NY State Unified Court System
• Pamper Me Pink Spa
• RITRE Corporation
• Rochester General Hospital
• Rochester Red Wings
• RochesterWorks! Business Services
• Rock Ventures
• Sew Green
• Sheen & Shine
• State Farm Insurance: Alexander St
• State Farm Insurance: E. Henrietta
• State Farm Insurance: E. Main St
• Sweden Senior Center
• The Salvation Army
• U of R Memorial Art Gallery
• Unity: St Mary’s
• Villa of Hope (St. Joseph
• Young & Gifted Global Ministries