SummerWorks is a professional development, mentorship, and paid work experience for young adults aged 16 to 24 in Washtenaw County. The program is now in its sixth year and is designed to provide young adults with tools, work experience, and exposure to different career paths.
Applications for young adults are now open through March 19.
“I loved the opportunity to work in a professional environment and gain work experience,” said one SummerWorks participant. “I feel more prepared for my next job and future career.”
SummerWorks is in partnership with Washtenaw County Office of Community and Economic Development, Michigan Works! Southeast, and the University of Michigan Poverty Solutions. Last year, the partners were able to pivot to continue the program during the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, SummerWorks underwent significant changes in 2020, which resulted in exciting new programming that will be continued this year. This includes mentoring from local business and nonprofit leaders and career talks from a variety of industries.
This year, program partners are hoping to reach more young adults than ever. All young adults accepted into the program will receive virtual professional development, be connected to a mentor, and have the opportunity to learn from guest speakers about different career paths. SummerWorks will also pair at least 50 of these young adults with local businesses and organizations for safe, in-person, or virtual paid job experiences.
Local businesses and nonprofits can participate in the program by hosting a summer intern, participating in the mentorship program, serving as a guest speaker, and more. This provides an excellent opportunity to connect with the next generation and bring a fresh, new eyes and perspectives on their work.
For more information, key dates, and how to apply, young adults and employers can visit the SummerWorks website.