Summer of Opportunity Program - (SOOP)

SOOPLogoNewThe Summer of Opportunity Program (SOOP) is an employment and training program for youth ages 14-20 and who are still in high school.  The program
is designed to provide training and employment opportunities to youth while
making a direct connection to success in school.   


Seeking Employers for Summer 2018

The City of Rochester and RochesterWorks! are seeking qualified community partners to deliver structured employment-based paid summer work experiences for youth. View the RFP here>> 

Posted: Thursday, November 30, 2017 
Award Notification: Expected May 2018

Mandatory Bidders Conference:
Tuesday, December 12, 2017 10:00 a.m. – 12 p.m or 1– 3 p.m.
Danforth Community Center (200 West Ave.) 
Proposals due no later than 11:59 p.m. Thursday, January 11, 2018

Summary of Activities

After an application is submitted, youth attend the following sessions:  

Parent Orientation: Bureau of Employment Skills Training and Youth Services provides parent support and family development as a core component of its offerings.  SOOP seeks to involve and inform parents as partners in their children's development.  One-hour parent orientations provide necessary information that help youth be successful in the process, and also provide question and answer opportunities. 

Provider Fair: The fair is an opportunity to meet and talk with representatives from various program providers who will be employing youth for the summer. Youth are able to learn more about the jobs that are available and make an informed decision while selecting their program choices. Youth will also have the opportunity to select their five top choices and submit the job selection form at the Blue Cross Arena. Provider Fair is by appointment only. 

Interviews: Students who complete all requirements will have an opportunity to competitively interview for appropriate summer employment opportunities. 

Employment: Youth employees earn hands-on training and work experience during a 6-8 week summer employment opportunity with area employers.  

How to apply to be a Youth Participant in Summer of Opportunity  

To apply visit:  

Process information for 14 and 15 years of age  

Process information for 16 years of age and older 

For more information

Call 585-428-6366 or visit 

See Facts and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).