Summer youth employment program

America’s young people face record unemployment, and we need to do everything we can to make sure they’ve got the opportunity to earn the skills and the work ethic that comes with a job. It’s important for their future and for American’s.
— President Obama

The Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) provides work experience, job readiness skills, and training needed to gain full time employment. Typically, mandatory application workshops begin early spring with dates being promoted via Youth Development's facebook page (Colville Tribes Youth Development Program), school bulletin's, public flyers, tribal broadcast, Tribal Tribune, etc. The SYEP is available on a first come, first served basis only. Applicants will not be placed on the SYEP's waiting list unless all required documentation is submitted and approved. Every attempt will be made to place the participant in a position that would further the participant's interests. 

Youth accepted into the SYEP shall be temporary employees as provided for under the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation's Employee Personnel Manual (EPM) and subject to the EPM's provisions unless otherwise provided for in these guidelines. 

The SYEP will pay a minimum wage not to exceed a total of 40 hour work weeks within the six (6) week program up to a maximum of 240 hours. With Fridays being scheduled for mandatory workshops/youth training. Our program utilizes the Friday workshops to address the multitude of challenges facing our youth today including loss of language/culture/history, financial literacy, college preparation, youth council, wellness, and environmental awareness. We feel it is extremely important to educate our youth on these issues to better prepare them to be successful in school, college, and future employment. Although we agree with the importance of teaching employment skills, we also have a responsibility as a Tribe to support our youth in a holistic manner to address the many barriers and challenges preventing achievement.  

*An employer may extend the employee beyond these requirements, but the SYEP shall not pay for cost resulting from that extension. 

For more information regarding program specifics please contact the Youth Development Program for reference to the most recent edition of the SYEP manual. 


2019 Summer youth employment program