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Surprise Youth Employment Program

What is the Surprise Youth Employment Program and am I eligible?

SYEP is a council-approved, 10 week summer job program for Surprise residents between the ages of 15 and 19 years old (by May 26th, 2015).

The program features professional development training while working in local community-minded business organizations.

Participants must be available to work 5 days a week, up to 30 hours per week for 10 weeks. The program will run during the applicants summer break. Chosen interns will earn $8.00 per hour.  

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be a full time student
  • Must reside in Surprise
  • Must be legally authorized to work in the U.S.
  • Must be available to work up to thirty (30) hours/week, for 10 weeks               
  • Must have access to reliable transportation (if selected).
  • Family income must be at or below 80% of area median income

Maximum gross income guidelines for this program are as follows:
*Income limits are tentative to change.
 Household Size
80% Median Income
1 person
2 people
3 people
4 people
5 people
6 people
 7 people
8 people $67,600


What you need to know:

  • Participants will earn $8.00 per hour, paid for by the City of Surprise
  • Program will start May 26th and end July 31st 
  • Weekly professional development training is provided
  • Award Ceremony to follow program completion

How do I apply?

  • Applications are available at City Hall and online. 
  • Fill out the application completely. Be sure your name matches the way it appears on your Social Security Card.
  • Carefully list your areas of interest so that we may place you accordingly.
  • You must submit letter of recommendation by school teacher, counselor, or other non-related adult.


» Download the eligibility requirements & application instructions
» Download an application

When and where can I turn in my application and letter of recommendation?

Apply OnlineCompleted applications must be submitted or postmarked by April 10th, 2015 (by 5 p.m.). Applications are accepted by email, mail, or in person.

  1. Download an application & submit via email:
  2. Drop off at Surprise Senior Center, Human Service and Community Vitality Department, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday.
  3. Mail to Muriel Gutierrez, Community and Economic Development

Re: Surprise Youth Employment Program Application
15832 N. Hollyhock Street
Surprise, AZ 85378

What's Next?

Qualified applicants will be notified if they qualify and then will be screened through an interviewing process in late April. Final participants will be notified if they are selected for a position in early May and must pass a drug test (with parent consent form), and any other pre-employment screening the City deems necessary.

Youth Employment Program

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