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Mayor’s Youth Employment Program Sets Record, Providing 240 Local Students with Valuable Job Experience

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Contact: Justine Gazzola
Office: 704-336-2350
Cell: 704-315-3259
Email: jgazzola@charlottenc.gov

(Charlotte, N.C.)  -- The City of Charlotte’s Mayor’s Youth Employment Program (MYEP) will host a Kickoff Luncheon to celebrate the start of the eight week summer internship program on Wednesday, June 15 from 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm at Discovery Place (301 N. Tryon Street). The program has reached a new milestone with 240 students being put to work this summer in an internship program designed to give students valuable hands-on job experience and mentoring in a career of interest. The local host employers will have the opportunity to meet their interns at the MYEP Kickoff Luncheon.

The MYEP provides internships for at-risk youth in the public, non-profit and private sectors. Youth are referred by program partners: Communities In Schools (CIS), Right Moves For Youth (RMFY), and Goodwill Industries of Southern Piedmont. Students must be 16 -18 years of age and currently enrolled in the Charlotte Mecklenburg School System. All applicants must:
  • Participate in one of the referring in school programs (CIS or RMFY)
  • Complete 15 hours of career development training prior to job placement
  • Successfully complete an application and background check/drug screening
  • Demonstrate work experience or participation in extracurricular activities
  • Complete a 500 word essay detailing why they want to participate in the MYEP
  • Obtain a professional/personal reference

For more information on MYEP, please visit http://myep.charlottenc.gov or contact Dawn Hill at 704-336-4445.