Summer17 Helps Local Youth Set The Stage For Life-long Careers

Do you have a teen? Or are you a business owner? Check out the Summer17 program from University of Michigan, Michigan Works! Southeast, and Washtenaw County for details on this summer program.

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Youth employment & mentorship program pairs area youth & businesses for nine-week, on-the-job training June 26-Aug. 25

WASHTENAW COUNTY, MI., March 20, 2017 – The University of Michigan, Michigan Works! Southeast and Washtenaw County have partnered for Summer17 launching June 26.


A nine-week summer employment and mentorship program, Summer17 pairs local businesses with Washtenaw County youth (ages 16-24) to provide on-the-job training that sets the stage for life-long careers, opens doors to new industries, and provides mentorship critical to building professional networks.

In a pilot program conducted last year, 26 businesses employed and mentored 50 youth who gained meaningful work experience and income. Following last year’s pilot, five Summer17 youth participants were permanently hired.

“Last year, we connected young people to businesses that helped them take the next step in their career path,” said Shamar Herron, Deputy Director, Michigan Works! Southeast. “This year, with greater infrastructure and more partners, our goal is to recruit twice as many Washtenaw County businesses committed to providing our young people meaningful summer employment.”

Summer17 serves as the critical “stepping stone” youth need to increase their marketability in today’s competitive job market. As part of Summer17, youth complete a “Soft Skills Academy” inclusive of training in communication, conflict resolution, professionalism and networking – all of which prepare Summer17 youth employees to make positive contributions to businesses.

“We are excited to partner with Michigan Works! and Washtenaw County to expand employment and mentorship opportunities for area youth,” said Mary Jo Callan, Director, University of Michigan Edward Ginsberg Center. “Summer17 is a great opportunity for the University of Michigan to contribute to our community’s future workforce and economic strength.”

“Experiences like Summer17 are invaluable both for improving the employment outlook for youth and for the success of our overall local economy,” said Andrea Plevek, Director, Washtenaw County Office of Community and Economic Development. “Through Summer17, young adults gain critical skills and experiences that contribute to the quality of Washtenaw County’s workforce – supporting local businesses and emerging industries.”


Businesses interested in participating in Summer17 must commit to:

  • interviewing, training and orientation sessions;
  • ongoing mentoring of youth employees during the employment period (June 26-Aug. 25); and
  • an hourly wage of $9 for youth employees(total employer cost is approximately $1,760 for the summer based on a 20-hour work week)

An employee coach will be available throughout Summer17 to provide HR, payment and youth training support.

The Employers of Record for Summer17 are the University of Michigan and Washtenaw County.

To become a Summer17 Employer, signup at


Youth interested in Summer17 must commit to:

  • a multi-session “Soft Skills Academy” prior to employment start; and
  • nine weeks of employment beginning June 26, 2017 for a minimum of 20 hours/week at $9/hour

Youth applications open April 1, 2017 and a valid ID is needed to apply for Summer17.

To apply for Summer17, visit

For questions or more information, interested businesses and youth can contact: [email protected]


Summer17 Materials
University of Michigan Poverty Solutions
University of Michigan Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning
Michigan Works! Southeast
Washtenaw County Office of Community and Economic Development (OCED)

About Michigan Works! Southeast

Michigan Works! Southeast proactively engages employers and jobseekers throughout our communities to develop today’s workforce and tomorrow’s economy. To learn more, visit

About University of Michigan Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning

Through a wide range of programs and services the Ginsberg Center is committed to empowering students to engage in positive change through social justice education, leadership, and meaningful service experiences with community. To learn more, visit:

About University of Michigan Poverty Solutions

Poverty Solutions at the University of Michigan is a new interdisciplinary initiative that aims to become a leader in informing, identifying and testing new strategies for the prevention and alleviation of poverty in Michigan, the nation and the world. To learn more, visit:

About Washtenaw County Office of Community and Economic Development (OCED)

In service of our belief that all Washtenaw County residents deserve a high quality of life, OCED delivers critical programs and community initiatives in the areas of affordable housing, human services, economic development and community infrastructure. We serve local

individuals, families, and communities through a mix of direct services, public policy development, and investment of monetary and technical support. To learn more, visit

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