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Summer employment programs have become critical pipelines to engage youth and put them on a path for career longevity or further education.

Our Impact

Every summer, 150 youth work at more than 50 businesses and non-profit organizations to learn critical employment skills. A first job often means so much more than a paycheck. It can mean a connection to a lifelong mentor, the ability to envision a career path, a boost in self-confidence, an appreciation for the value of education, an off-ramp from a life on the streets, a belief that you can be something.


Summer JAM is now Earn+Learn!

GECAC's Earn+Learn program provides job readiness training, career exploration, and employment opportunities for youth living in Erie County.

The program is a  collaborative effort between Erie County Government, 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 14-21 years.


  • May: Information sessions and applications available
  • June 5: Youth application deadline 
  • June 12: Work-ready training
  • June - August: Youth will work 180 total hours

Job Placement/Matching

Youth are matched with employers based on employer specifications, geographic proximity, and availability of reliable transportation for youth.


We are paying $8.25 an hour.

Informational Orientation Sessions

Interested youth and employers will be invited to informational sessions to learn about available jobs, locations, placement potentialand required paperwork.

Staff Support

GECAC staff works directly with youth and employers to provide communication, linkage, and job placements, as well as to troubleshoot and problem solves any challenges that arise during the summer.

Benefit to Employers

  • GECAC screens and trains the youth participating in the program and matches their skills and interests to a local business.
  • You help local youth to learn valuable life skills and gain practical work experience.
  • You'll have an opportunity to see what local talent can offer and to introduce youth to potential career paths.
  • You'll be assigned a dedicated job site team advisor to ensure a successful experience for both you and the youth worker.


Youth Application

Two ways to apply:

Electronic Application - Electronically complete and sign 


Paper Application - Please print this PDF form, sign it, and email it to jgates@gecac.org or mail it to GECAC, Attn: Earn+Learn, 18 West 9th Street, Erie, PA 16501

Paper YOUTH APPLICATION 2023                                      

Employer Application

To learn more about the program and to receive the application please contact:

Jamilia Gates
Earn+Learn Director
(814)-459-4581 ext.407

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Jamilia Gates
814-459-4581 Ext. 407