one program at a time
Youth Employment Program
Nineteen area high school students worked with city staff and partnering agencies through the end of July 2012 via a paid internship program, funded through a Tohono O’odham grant.
The program is designed to give these Surprise full-time students life skill training on a weekly basis along with an opportunity to work in professional environments; while gaining real world experience.
The 2012 Surprise Youth Employment Program Interns
(left-right: Tori Corea, Ewoma Ogbaudu, Matthew Strong, Miguel Estrada, Collin Randolph, Jessica Van Lith, Déja Villanueva, Brenna Elden, Michael Zampella, Jesse Yourist, Kandice Yourist, Brian Vergara, Aubrey Escalanti, Melissa Chavez, Christopher Barrera)
Qualified applicants were screened through an interviewing process and subject to drug testing and fingerprint background checks before their internships began the last week of May 2012.
Selected interns earn $8.00 per hour, funded by the Tohono O’odham grant.
In addition to City staff from all departments, some interns also worked with the Arizona Charter Academy and MD24, a tech-driven healthcare company based in the city’s business incubator the AZ TechCelerator.
Learn more about the Youth Employment Program