Mayor's Summer Jobs ProgramThe Mayor’s Summer Jobs program is a comprehensive program that provides Jacksonville’s youth ages 16 to 21 with work experience, and businesses access to young employees that are willing to learn. Program participants will acquire increased understanding and knowledge of the work environment, employer expectations and personal responsibility.

Participants will work for a period of either six or eight weeks. The employer will pay minimum wage or higher. The employer will allow the participant to work a minimum 20 hours per week. Employers may also offer participants permanent employment.

For the 10th year of the program in 2015, the Mayor's Summer Jobs Program saw it's largest participation yet with 880 students findinng summer employment. Goals for the 2016 program include building greater relationships in the business community, providing access to more jobs for youth, enhancing job readiness training, and expanding efforts to empower youth in the workplace. 

A few students in the 2013 Mayor's Summer Jobs Program.

Program Dates

June 20 - Aug. 13, 2016

Participants will work for either six or eight weeks. Stay tuned for information on how to enroll in the upcoming 2016 program.

Companies interested in participating can contact for more information.

Professional Development

Job Coaches

Job Coaches will monitor youth employee performance with  job site visits, employer evaluations, and by serving as a liaison between employers and youth employes. They develop, train and counsel youth employees in handling stressful situations on the job, and with any other issues that may arise. Contact is maintained with the family of youth employees for the purpose of conveying and gathering information to ensure employment success. Job Coaches teach and manage Student Development classes, help promote the program, and monitor the success of the students.

Pre-Employment Training

Participants will receive comprehensive training to prepare them for summer employment. Training will be administered by City of Jacksonville employees, community members, and business volunteers. The four-hour training is comprised of Customer Service, Business 101, Professional Image, Ethics, Diversity, and Financial Awareness. For some youth, this program will provide their first experience in the job market.

Student Development Classes

These classes will provide the foundation for development for program participants. Classes consits of two 3-hour sessions designed with practical, hands-on tools, role-play scenarios and other proven techniques to aid in understanding and application. Materials are from Junior Achievement.

Continued Engagement Seminars

Program participants will be invited to attend seminars throughout the school year. These seminars will be presented by local companies and agencies to share more in-depth information. Partners also will share information about career development and understanding business culture.  Participants who attend three of the four seminars will be given priority ranking for re-hiring the next summer.

Job Fair Orientation

This is an event allows business partners to meet with potential employees and share any important first day information for new hires. The design and function of this event will be similar to a job fair. Media will be invited.


Chardae Hancock
Program Manager