To understand how the COVID-19 pandemic affected SYEPs in 2020, the Aspen Institute Forum for Community Solutions and CLASP developed a national survey of SYEP local funders and program providers.

Summer Youth Employment Programs (SYEPs) offer short-term, paid opportunities for youth and young adults to gain career exposure, training, and work experience. These programs have been shown to improve participants’ economic, academic, and behavioral outcomes. 

Drawing on responses received from 73 SYEP providers and local public funders, this three-part series is designed to provide policymakers, local systems leaders, and practitioners with insight into how SYEPs responded to the economic and health challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Part 1: Why Summer Jobs?
Part 2: Challenges
Part 3: Innovations and Promising Practices