Seattle Parks accepting applications for teen summer programs

Seattle Parks and Recreation is accepting applications for its 2014 youth summer programs such as Summer of Service, Student Teen Employment Preparation and Youth Engaged in Service.

Summer of Service (SOS) is a summer program for youth entering seventh, eighth or ninth grades. SOS helps youth identify needs and their community and make a difference while gaining leadership and work skills. Upon program completion, youth receive a $150 stipend.

Student Teen Employment Preparation (STEP) is open to teens ages 14-19.  STEP has teams of youth focusing on community-based projects addressing a need and incorporates job readiness and life skills activities.  Work takes place in various parks and facilities throughout Seattle.  The stipend is $599.

The Youth Engaged in Service (YES) Program is a year-round volunteer program for Seattle-based youth between the ages of 13 and 18. In the summer, participants will volunteer for six weeks from early July to mid-August for a total of 120 hours in a Seattle Parks and Recreation program or facility or community-based organization.  Sixty hours of the required 120 may be used towards the Seattle public high school service learning graduation requirement with proper pre-approval from the school. As recognition for their efforts, YES volunteers can receive a $150 stipend for the remaining 60 hours at the conclusion of the program. YES volunteers must complete all 120 hours to be eligible for the stipend.

All applications for the above programs are due Wednesday, May 14, 2014, but early submission is encouraged. For more information about the summer programs and to download applications, please click HERE.

Mentor application for YES program- The YES program is looking for mentors who are able to supervise, educate and support YES participants in a professional work environment from early July to mid-August.  Sites provide about 20 hours/week of work.  Applications are due Wednesday, May 28. To download the application, click the following link: 2014 YES mentor application