Summer JAM

The Issue

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.


GECAC's Erie Summer Jobs and More (JAM) 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 16-21 years.


  • March-April: Information sessions and applications available
  • June: Work-ready training
  • June - August: Youth will work 180 total hours

Job Placement/Matching

Youth are matched with employers based on the 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

  • You provide the work—we pay the wages!
  • GECAC screens and trains the youth participating in the program and match 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.


  • Reside in Erie County
  • Age 16-21
  • The family income is within 250% of federal poverty guidelines
  • Employer and youth application packets will be available in the spring

Youth Application Information

Youth Informational Sessions

Register with one of the dates below to discover more about the Summer JAM Program!  Also, for assistance with completing the Youth Application.

Employer Forms 2021

Employer Informational Sessions

   Register with one of the dates below to discover more about the Summer JAM Program! Also, for assistance with the Employer Registration Packet.

Interview with Summer JAM Employer Lisa Cox, YMCA of Corry


Interview with Summer Youth Marshael Khuda Karam


Summer JAM Youth Informational Session Video

Click here to watch Youth Info. Video

Summer JAM Employer Informational Session Video

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