Summer JAM

Erie Summer Jobs and More (JAM) program is a collaborative effort between Erie County, Erie County Gaming and Revenue Authority, the Erie Community Foundation and other supportive individuals and organizations that have recognized the need to address employability issues for our disconnected youth population aged 16-21 years. The program provides job readiness training, career exploration, and employment opportunities for  youth living in Erie County.


Hire a youth for the summer…YOU provide the work—WE pay the wages! 

GECAC is looking for employers who are interested in joining Erie County’s Summer Jobs and More program. Get some extra help this summer at NO COST to your organization! Helping youth to get job experience is good for business, good for the participants and good for our community! 

Interested employers can contact Ben Wilson at or 814-459-4581 Ext. 413. 

Summer JAM Employer Summary Information Summer JAM Employer Summary Information (223 KB)

Summer JAM Employer Handbook Summer JAM Employer Handbook (389 KB)

Summer JAM Evaluation Report 2017 Summer JAM Evaluation Report 2017 (2971 KB)


All interested students must attend orientation at their designated location:

April 24, 2018 5-7 pm Girard High School Library
1135 Lake Street
April 25, 2018 5-7 pm Union City High School Lecture Room
105 Concord Street
May 1, 2018 5-7 pm Martin L. King Center
312 Chestnut Street
May 2, 2018 1-3 pm GECAC
18 West 9th Street
May 3, 2018 5-7 pm Booker T. Washington Center
1720 Holland Street
May 8, 2018 5-7pm McDowell High School Library
3580 West 38th Street
May 9, 2018 5-7 pm Northwestern High School
100 Harthan Way
Please bring completed: 
  • Proof of TANF Eligibility—If applicable (SNAP benefits form or free/reduced lunch verification)
  • Working Papers Application (if under age 18)
  • Two (2) forms of identification (valid driver’s license, birth certificate, valid school ID or social security card) 
IMPORTANT: Youth under the age of 18 must have a parent or legal guardian in attendance.


Summer JAM Youth Summary Information Summer JAM Youth Summary Information (347 KB)

Summer JAM Youth Handbook Summer JAM Youth Handbook (506 KB)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Pay: For 2018, we are paying $7.25 an hour. Students will be paid bi-weekly. Students will be required to have a bank account for direct deposit.  Youth will have an opportunity to sign up for direct deposit during training week. Youth will receive details in their pre-employment training as part of orientation.

What are the Income Guidelines? Demonstrate financial need with family income at or above 250% of federal poverty guideline, be 16-21 years old and reside in Erie County.

When will the program officially start/end? The program will start with training in June and ends in August. Each employer manages their own positions, but youth are limited to working up to 180 hours.

How do I know if I’ve been accepted in the program? You will be contacted by letter, email or phone after the application/interview process begins. Information sessions and locations will be posted at and through local media outlets (news and Facebook). PLEASE no phone calls. 

Summer JAM 2017 Evaluation Report

Summer JAM 2017 Evaluation Report