The Impact of SYEP
To date, our Summer Youth Entrepreneur Program has served nearly 100 Richmond youth and young adults, many from low-income households.
In 2015, SYEP trained and employed 14 youth. Highlights of the two-week training portion of the program included:
Since 2008, Richmond Main Street has proudly partnered with Richmond YouthWORKS to conduct the Summer Youth Entrepreneur Program (SYEP), a five-week work readiness training and employment program.
Our program serves 10-15 Richmond youth, ages 16-22, and provides work readiness training, entrepreneurialism activities, and summer employment at local businesses. For many participants SYEP is a valuable experience and unique opportunity to develop communication and professionalism skills, as well as a knowledge of workplace, retail, and business principles.
SYEP takes place from July - September and consists of the following components:
Week 1: Exploring and developing communication, professionalism, ethics, and team building skills
Week 2: Introduction to entrepreneurialism concepts and developing a business for Downtown
Worksite placements in local businesses with the ability to complete up to 120 hours.
“I really enjoyed the training…I woke up every day excited to come here.”
“I enjoyed the entrepreneur partner part because it was the most challenging.”
Here's what students are saying about SYEP:
In recent years Richmond Main Street has formed partnerships with a variety of groups dedicated to expanding work-based learning opportunities for local youth. We are proud to participate in the success of these programs and provide hands-on learning experiences for the participants. Here are a few examples:
Since 2015: Public Health Solutions Summer Training Program, Contra Costa County Health Services.
2016 Y-PLAN projects at Kennedy High School (Technology Academy) and DeAnza High School (Health Academy).
2016 Main Street Youth Entrepreneur Day challenged 40 Richmond high school students to develop innovatinve, youth-serving business solutions.