Summer of Opportunity Program - (SOOP)

SOOP_LogoThe 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. 

Summary of Activities

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

Job Readiness Training (JRT):  Youth will receive employment training that develops communication, interpersonal, and interviewing skills that help with preparedness for employment. 

Prescreening:  Youth will have the opportunity to practice and apply learned Job Readiness skills in a mock interview.  Students are expected to demonstrate the knowledge of professional attire, behaviors, and interview techniques that they have learned.  They are rated on their interview and given useful tips and feedback for future use. 

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. 

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  

Click here to apply on-line 

For more information

SOOP Applicants and employers call 585-428-6366 or visit 

See Facts and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).