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

The Mayor’s Summer Jobs program is a comprehensive program that provides Jacksonville’s youth with real work experience. 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.

Target Participants

Youth residing in Duval County between the ages of 16-21

Program Dates

June 15 – August 7, 2015

All available positions for the Mayor's Summer Jobs Program have been filled for summer 2015. Please continue to check back for other opportunities as they become available.

Companies interested in participating can contact MayorsSummerJobs@coj.net for more information.

Professional Development

Pre-Employment Training  

Participants will receive comprehensive training to prepare them for summer employment, which will be administered by COJ employees and local volunteers. The four-hour training is comprised of lessons in 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 career development for program participants. Classes are two three-hour sessions that offer practical, hands-on tools, role-playing scenarios and other proven educational techniques.

Continued Engagement Seminars

Throughout the school year, program participants will be invited to attend employment seminars presented by local companies and agencies. The seminars will focus on career development and understanding business culture.  Participants attending three of the four seminars during the school year will be given priority for re-hire the following summer.

Job Fair Orientation 
This event will allow business partners to meet potential employees and share any first-day information important for new hires. The design and function of this event will be similar to a job fair, and the media will be invited. 


Chardae Hancock
Program Manager