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SYEP Applications Open now for Fall!

Foundations and Pathways Program application is open now and will close at 3 PM on Friday, September 23, 2022.

SYEP logo featuring the Seattle skyline in black silhouette, the four capital letters, and the words Seattle Youth Employment Program

The Foundations and Pathways program is a new, redesign of our previous Learn and Earn program, where participants received 1:1 support and weekly cohort-based sessions on pre-employment soft skills. Our new program will offer two different offerings, to best support your career development journey (see information below)!

How to Apply and Eligibility Requirements:

To be eligible, an applicant must be between the ages of 16 and 24, meet the City of Seattle Residency requirement, and live in a household with income at or below 80% Area Median Income. To apply to the program, click here to access the Youth Portal where you will create an account, fill out your application, and submit all documents to be considered for the program. For how to’s and acceptable documents, please refer to the links below.

Program Information:

Foundations: for participants with limited or no previous job readiness trainings or backgrounds and need pre-employment trainings and mentorship. Get paid to attend trainings while preparing for your first or next job and making new connections along the way.

  • Get support from an SYEP staff member throughout the program to develop skills and interact in small groups with peers
  • Gain practical tools to build your resume, cover letter, etc.

In order to be eligible for this section of our program, you will have a willingness to engage with our staff and curriculum, be able to attend all cohort-based sessions, and have NOT participated before in SYEP’s Learn and Earn program, Foundations or Job Readiness Bootcamp.

Pathways: for participants who have had previous job training experiences but need intermediate or certified trainings, pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship internship opportunities. Participate in professional training and programs to gain skills & credentials for specific career tracks, which can lead to professional level internship(s).

  • Get support from an SYEP staff member throughout the program to navigate career fields and develop your career portfolio
  • Receive networking and interviewing opportunities with leading industry professionals

In order to be eligible for this section of our program, you will have participated in SYEP’s Learn and Earn programming, Foundations program or Job Readiness Bootcamp (during school year and/or summer 2020; 2021).

Once you submit your application with all necessary documentation, our dedicated staff members will follow-up with you regarding your application status. Those selected to move forward will be invited to participate in our intake process, where we will spend time getting to know you and help determine fit for program. You can always check the status of your application via the Youth Portal.

Please reach out to us directly if you have any questions or concerns. We can be reached at SYEP@SEATTLE.GOV.