New Castle County government is hosting its Summer Youth Employment Processing Event Saturday, March 18, at the Garfield Park Community Recreation Center for ages 14-20 who are interested in the county’s Summer Youth Employment Program.

The county uses state and county funding to provide paid summer employment opportunities throughout county government and in local partnering non-profit service providers. Hiring preference is given to youth from low-income families.

The 2017 Summer Youth Employment Program will run from June 19 through Aug. 25. In 2016, the County’s Summer Youth Employment Program hired 141 youth who were assigned to 39 worksites across New Castle County, including in the City of Wilmington.

“In today’s competitive economy, young people need meaningful work opportunities, recognizing their potential for career success,” said County Executive Matthew Meyer. “The Summer Youth Employment Program provides practical experience to low-income students, engaging them in our communities all summer long.”

Program information and application materials are available online at http://www.nccde.org/syep.

All interested youth job seekers must bring completed application materials to the processing event Saturday, March 18 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Garfield Park Community Recreation Center/New Castle PAL, 26 Karyln Drive, New Castle, DE 19720. Applicants should be prepared to take part in a brief interview on-site.

Studies demonstrate that summer youth employment programs improve school attendance, keep participants safe through engagement in meaningful summer activities and reduce interactions with the criminal justice system.