Summer of Opportunity (SOOP)

Attention Youth

This is your last chance to sign up for Summer of Opportunity and Summer Youth Employment. Applications will be accepted from April 14 – 30.

Applicants must be currently enrolled in middle or high school and have a current report card, social security card, photo ID (school ID, NYS non drivers or drivers ID or Safe Child ID), Work permit at the time of application.

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What is the Summer of Opportunity Program?

The Summer of Opportunity Program (SOOP) is an employment opportunities program for youth, ages 14-20, who are still in middle school or high school or a high school equivalency program (TASC). The program is designed to provide work readiness training and employment opportunities to youth while making a direct connection to success in school. For many youth, this is their first opportunity to gain real-world work experience.

What is the Summer Internship?

Several thousand youth apply to SOOP each year. The Summer Internship is designed for youth who have successfully completed our pre-screening process and display a keen interest in gaining first-hand work experiences in the public, not-for-profit, or private sectors.

When does the program take place?

Program participants will have already taken action by applying to the program and submitting all necessary components required for onboarding processes. Youth will be supplied for you to interview and select from, with their work assignments beginning as early as July 5, 2022, and completing six weeks of work, 20 hours per week.

How do I participate?

We are actively recruiting worksites that can provide opportunities for youth interns from our program to engage in real-world work experiences in the community. Interested businesses can contact the Youth Employment Services office listed below for more information and a copy of the request form.

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Do I have to pay for my intern?

NO! The cost of employee wages is covered by the City of Rochester. The worksites are solely responsible for providing their interns with a meaningful work experience through coaching and mentoring. Youth Employment Services will provide follow-up job coaching to ensure that both program participants and worksite partners have a beneficial and enjoyable experience.


If you have questions, email SOOP@CITYOFROCHESTER.GOV  or call 585-428-6366

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