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Urban League Applauds Council Members; Extends Teen Job Program Deadline

WSUL Applauds City Finance Committee’s Support of Teen Jobs Program; Extends Application Deadline

The Winston-Salem Urban League (WSUL) applauds the decision by the Winston-Salem City Council Finance Committee to recommend the City Council increase the budget for the Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) by $50,000. The proposal, by Councilman Derwin Montgomery, would increase program participation from 100 teens to approximately 135 teens.

In consideration of the potential increase, WSUL is extending the application deadline to 4:00 pm on Thursday, June 23rd.

SYEP, a partnership between the City of Winston-Salem and the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, is an opportunity for low-moderate income students, ages 15-19, to gain mentorship, job skills and real life on the job experience. The program exclusively serves low-moderate income teenagers (click here to see a family income eligibility schedule).

James Perry, WSUL CEO remarked, “The Finance Committee, at Councilman Montgomery’s urging heard the community’s call. This program plays an integral role in lowering the crime rate in Winston-Salem. Increasing participation in the Summer Youth Employment Program keeps teenagers out of harms way and sets them on a clear career path to success. I know, because I personally benefitted from a similar program as a teen. We applaud the efforts of the Finance Committee.”

Students and parents can click here to download the application.

Businesses and non-profit organizations interested in hosting student interns can apply here.

Applicants may continue to submit applications until 4:00 pm on Thursday, June 23rd. Applications must be received by mail or hand delivery at:

The Winston-Salem Urban League

201 West 5th Street

Winston-Salem, North Carolina 27101