The 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.
Applications are being accepted through March 22.
See this year's Summer of Opportunity poster
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:The Bureau of Youth Services and Bureau of Employment Opportunities 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
Download information and access required on-line application form
How to apply to be a Host Work Site for Summer of Opportunity
Download Request for Applications
Download Budget Form to be submitted with application
It is suggested that the requested application narrative be typed into inserted blank pages within the writeable Word Budget Form--this is so the narrative and budget can be sent as one file (PDF preferred). Email complete applications to: John Premo, Rochester Works:email@example.com.
For more information
SOOP Applicants and employers call 428-6366.
See Facts and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).