Summer Youth Employment Program

For more information, to apply for participation in the program or sponsor a youth, please contact Mindy Smith (SYEP Supervisor, Champaign Unit 4 School District) at or by calling (217) 531-6857.

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:  We strive to help our students recognize the benefits of the “scenic route” to success. It is a longer road, but one that offers varied and meaningful experiences. There is always an impulse to meet challenges by seeking shortcuts around them. Our goal is to help students discover the values of hard work, responsibility, and commitment as they form clear and ambitious goals for their futures. We depend on local businesses to mentor our students, helping them build bridges that connect one part of the road to the next.

MISSION:  Building bridges to meaningful employment for Champaign’s youth.