See what others are saying…

We wanted to give back to the community, helping out our youth so they can experience what it's like to work. [ The ] Youth are very ambitious; they take the work on and seem very happy to do it!

- City of Clovis

As a former youth participant, the program made an impact on my life and helped me to decide on the career I have today.

- Parlier Migrant Child Care Center

It has opened their eyes to what a professional position is and what educational skills are needed to compete in the work place.

- State Farm


It has been encouraging to see the young men and women grow and realize that they have options and can achieve their goals.

- Fresno County
Public Defender's Office



Get the answers you need.

  1. What is expected of an SYJP Worksite?
  2. What must I do to become a participating worksite?
  3. How long will I have my summer youth?
  4. Who is the employer of record?
  5. How much will my summer youth get paid per hour?
  6. How will my summer youth be paid?
  7. Can my organization conduct an interview prior to assignment?
  8. Can my organization conduct its own orientation for the youth assigned to my worksite?
  9. How many youth can I hire?
  10. Can I change my summer youth's schedule?
  11. What is the process for assigning participants to worksites?
  12. What are the timesheet responsibilities of a Worksite Supervisor?
  13. What is the role of SYJP staff?
  14. What is the process for worksite visits?
  15. What happens if my summer youth is not working out?
  16. Can I hire my summer youth after the SYJP is completed?
  1. The Fresno Regional Workforce Investment Board is looking for businesses and agencies that will provide a safe and well supervised work environment where youth learn the importance of a strong work ethic and start down the path towards productive future employment. An SYJP Worksite is expected to provide an onsite worksite supervisor to mentor his or her assigned youth. As a worksite, you agree to:
    • Provide productive work assignments that create learning opportunities,
    • Provide supervision of your summer youth at all times (alternate supervisors may be identified),
    • Provide training and timely, constructive feedback,
    • Provide positive adult role models,
    • Regularly communicate with the SYJP staff,
    • Provide two performance evaluations,
    • Ensure that time records are accurate, and
    • Follow all labor laws and display all mandated legal postings.
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  2. Complete and submit the online worksite application form (put link) and someone from the Summer Youth Jobs Program (SYJP) will contact you shortly thereafter for further details.

    Not all worksites are suitable for these summer youth. We have the responsibility to review and approve all worksite requests.

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  3. Youth will work a total of 8 consecutive weeks. Older youth may work during the period from June 1st through September 30, 2010. High school youth may only work from mid-June through mid-August, when they return to school.

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  4. The SYJP Agency, NOT the worksite, is the employer of record and is responsible for paying all wages, payroll and workers compensation expenses.

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  5. Participants will be paid the minimum wage of $8.00 per hour. Youth may work from 20 to 40 hours a week. On average, they work 30 hours per week.

    Can my summer youth work overtime? No. Overtime is prohibited. Summer youth can not work more than 8 hours a day or 40 hours a week.

    Can my summer youth work on weekends? Work on Saturdays or Sundays is permitted as long as the youth’s direct supervisor is on site, the youth's work hours do not exceed the total allowable hours, and the SYJP Agency has on-call staff available to respond to any emergencies or concerns.

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  6. Eligible youth will be paid by check by his/her SYJP Agency. Each summer youth will receive a payroll schedule with the dates paychecks will be issued.

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  7. Yes, you may interview the youth. You are not obligated to accept the SYJP youth referred to you, if he or she does not meet your needs.

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  8. Yes. We recommend the orientation be conducted on the youth's first work day. If the orientation or any other activities will take place at a different location from the worksite, please inform us.

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  9. Our goal is to locate a sufficient number of quality worksites to place one youth per worksite supervisor to ensure a productive placement. Depending on the size of your business and the number of on-site supervisors, the SYJP Agency may consider placing additional youth.

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  10. Participants can work up to 8 hours a day and 40 hours per week. The actual schedule will be developed by you and your assigned SYJP staff. Any deviation from the originally agreed upon schedule must be pre-approved by SYJP staff.

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  11. When assigning a summer youth to a worksite SYJP staff will take the following factors into account:
    • Whether the worksite can offer the youth an opportunity to learn and enhance their skill level.
    • Whether the skills required by the job are skills that will help the youth in the future.
    • The youth's expressed career interests.
    • Finally, depending upon the worksite location and the youth's transportation plans, make sure the youth is able to reliably get to and from the worksite.
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  12. Timesheets are important to ensure that the youth develop good work habits and learn responsibility. We need Worksite Supervisors to track participants' time accurately, as the youth will only be paid for the time they actually work. Worksite Supervisors are to:
    • Review each timesheet to ensure that the youth accurately signs in and out daily, and
    • Approve the hours reported on the time sheet.
    If the worksite has internet access, participants will complete an online timesheet that the worksite supervisor approves electronically. If your summer youth does not have access to a computer with internet access, both the participant and the worksite supervisor must sign the bottom of the paper time sheet, which SYJP staff will collect.

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  13. SYJP staff will serve as the liaison between the worksite and the SYJP Agency. SYJP staff is an advocate for the summer youth, and ensures that he or she has a productive summer work experience. Staff is also an advocate for the employer and coaches the youth, as necessary, to ensure he or she learns good work attitudes and habits.

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  14. Before youth are placed at your agency, SYJP staff will make a worksite visit to look at all your facilities in order to ensure that the youth will be doing productive work in a safe environment. Once youth are placed, SYJP staff will contact each worksite supervisor at least twice a month to ensure things are running smoothly and provide coaching to the youth as needed. Our staff will also work closely with you to minimize disruptions at your worksite.

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  15. For many of these youth, this will be their first work experience. Lifelong attitudes toward work are often formed from our first work experience. If a participant is having difficulty, the Worksite Supervisor should first discuss any concerns with the youth and his or her assigned SYJP staff directly and candidly. The SYJP staff will counsel the youth.

    If the problem continues, you have the right to terminate a youth's placement at any time. Call the assigned SYJP staff, and alternative arrangements will be made.

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  16. The FRWIB strongly encourages worksites to consider their summer youth for employment opportunities if it does not conflict with school or further training. Many businesses find the SYJP is an ideal opportunity to evaluate a prospective employee at no cost to their company or business.

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