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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.

Overview

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.

Timeline

  • 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.

Pay


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.

Enrollment

  • 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 2020

Youth Video Tutorials

Youth Information Sessions

Want to learn more about the Summer JAM program? Need help filling out the youth application?

Schedule an one-on-one appointment with our team. Personalized assistance via phone call or Zoom video call.
Call 814-870-5407 to schedule your appointment today!

Summer JAM Pop-Up

Summer JAM is on the move. Drop off your application and/or make copies of your required documents by visiting a Pop-Up location. You can drive up to our booth or walk up for assistance. 

Interested in having a Pop-Up location near you? Contact 814-870-5407 to learn more.

Employer Forms 2020

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Request More Info

Summer JAM Information
814-870-5407
summerjam@gecac.org