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?

2023 Work Sites

A Horse’s Friend
Action For A better Community
Agape Haven of Abundance/RW
Ampie Enterprises, Inc. DBA Imprintable Solutions, Ink
Arnett Café
Boys & Girls Club of Rochester, Inc
Breaking All Barriers Inc
Center for Teen Empowerment
Charles Settlement House
Church of Love Faith Center
City of Rochester Sports Complex
City of Rochester-Trenton & Pamela R-Center
Community Resource Collaborative, INC
Diner Bros @ Maple
Dock Hardware
East Rochester Youth Activity Center
Geva Theatre Center
Goodwill of the Finger Lakes
Hedonist Artisan Chocolates and Ice Cream
Ibero- American Action League
Industry Residential Center
Legacy Makers, Inc./RW
Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES
Monroe Community College/Healthy Hero Camp
Monroe County Department of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion/RW
New Life Ministries Inc.
OFC Creations, LLC
Pearl Resources
ProsperRochester, Inc./Well Ventions
RCB Enterprises, Inc. (Rochester Red Wings) Analytics Global LLC
Roc City Roadside
Roc Royal Inc./RW
Rochester Works Inc Duns
Starbridges Services
Taproot Collective
The Community Place of Greater Rochester, Inc.
The Salvation Army
The Strong Museum of Play
Unity – Rochester Regional Health
University Preparatory Charter School
Upstate Increte, Inc
Warrior Factory
Youth Empowerment Zone
YMCA of Greater Rochester