Summer Youth Employment Program

Since 2011, Champaign’s Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) has provided Unit 4 students, ages 14-19, with hands on work experience within our rich local business community for six weeks during the summer.  Coupled with the training and support from our educational staff, SYEP students walk away with skills that cannot be taught in a classroom setting.

VISION:  To develop a self-sustaining program through the strengthened bonds between the City, School District, and businesses, all working together towards the growth and betterment of this community by investing in our future.  The vision is to provide every student in the Unit 4 School District with real world work experiences prior to their high school graduation.

MISSION:  To empower students who have a need to succeed with a variety of work opportunites that help them develop networking skills, self-esteem, understanding of attendance and responsibility, and motivation to excel in school.

For more information, to apply for participation in the program or sponsor a youth, please contact Lucenda Barnes (SYEP Planner, Champaign Unit 4 School District) at or by calling (217) 419-1918.