Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP)

A group of smiling teenagersThis coordinated youth employment plan for Champaign County youth helps teenagers obtain employment to improve their skills and gain income. Along with recruitment of youth and employer sites, the Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) assists local school districts with curriculum development related to career planning, job search, and job soft skills that will connect the employment opportunity with an individual’s future career goals.

The SYEP serves as the employer of record for the participating individuals, providing wages, required taxes, and workman’s comp coverage. SYEP also coordinates with Local Workforce Innovation Area 17 to prevent duplication of services.

Eligibility

Students must be Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) income eligible set at 125% or less of the federal poverty level:

2018 Poverty Income Guidelines for All States Except Alaska and Hawaii

Family  100% of Poverty       100% 3 Months         125% of Poverty       125% 3 Months

Size

1          $12,140                       $3,034                         $15,175                       $3,794

2          $16,460                       $4,115                         $20,575                       $5,144

3          $20,780                       $5,195                         $25,975                       $6,494

4          $25,100                       $6,275                         $31,375                       $7,844

5          $29,420                       $7,355                         $36,775                       $9,194

6          $33,740                       $8,435                         $42,175                       $10,544

7          $38,060                       $9,515                         $47,575                       $11,894

8          $42,380                       $10,595                       $52,975                       $13,244

 

Acceptable evidence of family income includes:

  • Pay stubs
  • Current tax return
  • IRS Form W-2 and/or 1099
  • Letter from an employer
  • Social Security check or benefits statement
  • Retirement income statement
  • Unemployment insurance benefit statement
  • Child-support payments documentation
  • Self-employed accounting record

Per grant-funding requirements, documentation of income eligibility must be submitted to the RPC for each student prior to his or her first day of employment in the program. No student will be allowed to start working until income eligibility documents have been received.