Mayor's Summer Youth Employment Program

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The 2019 Mayor's Summer Youth Employment Program has ended! Check with us in 2020 for information about the 2020 Mayor's Summer Youth Employment Program! 

The Mayor’s Summer Youth Employment Program (MSYEP) began in 1992, and for more than twenty years has provided skills and workforce opportunities year-round for thousands of Evanston at-risk youth ages 14-18. As a workforce development and non-law enforcement crime prevention initiative, the MSYEP emphasizes real-world labor expectations, increases the awareness of services offered by local community based organizations, and provides opportunities for career instruction, financial literacy training, occupational skills training, and social-emotional growth.

The program gives participating youth up to nine weeks of entry level work experience in a variety of jobs and industries through community based organizations, city government departments, and private sector businesses. To participate in the Mayor's Summer Youth Employment Program, a youth must be: an Evanston resident (reside in zip codes 60201 or 60202*), be currently enrolled in school, be between the ages of 14-18** and must attend the MSYEP Job Fair on March 28, 2020.

*Evanston students who are not eligible to participate in the Mayor's Summer Youth Employment Program should contact the Youth and Young Adult Division at

** For program eligibility, students must be 14 by program start date in June 2020. 

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Check out our 2019 MSYEP Highlights!