Summer Youth Employment

our goal:

The goal of SYEP is for our youth to develop necessary skills and work ethic while receiving on-the-job training within the Winnebago Tribe of NE. Through positive interactions they learn job duties and responsibilities in each position they are placed within the tribe.  Each youth is paid for the hours worked.  The extra workforce for Programs during the summer months is needed and appreciated.

Benefits of SYEP:

  • On-The-Job Training & Experience
  • Mandatory Educational Workshops and Opportunities
  • Attend College Courses while participating in SYEP
  • Incentive Trip upon successful completion of the SYEP
  • Learning Personal Finance skills

FY 2023 Poverty guidelines - Annual Household Income

1 $21,870
2 $29,580
3 $37,290
4 $45,000
5 $52,710

Applications will be available on April 10, 2023. Completed application and all required documents must be received no later than Friday, May 19, 2023. The SYEP will host a youth job fair on May 23rd (9am-12pm), for all interested program supervisors that are interested in mentoring the youth.  Supervisors are provided the opportunity to conduct their own interviews and make a selection for a youth worker(s). Mandatory workshops for the youth are held throughout the summer that focus on leadership, soft skills, and employment benefits such as creating a resume, cover letter, and job application.

All applicants must turn in required documents to the Higher Education office:

  • School transcript: Attendance/Grades
  • Proof of Tribal Enrollment or Tribal I.D. (new applicant)
  • Copy of Social Security card or Birth Certificate (new applicant)
  • Resumé
  • Release of Information Form
  • Drug & Alcohol consent form
  • Must provide income for last 30 days (parent/guardian)

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Who is eligible for the Summer Youth Employment Program?

  • Youth High School students between the ages of 14-19 years old (Up to 21 years for Disability/IEP, will be verified)
  • Enrolled in school on a full-time basis
  • Enrolled with the Winnebago Tribe of NE (Tribal SYEP)
  • Must reside on the Winnebago Reservation
  • Enrolled in a Federally Recognized Tribe (Social Services Program)
  • Must live in service areas Woodbury, Dakota, Thurston County
  • Maintain a 2.5 GPA for the current academic school year (if an IEP, must provide proof)
  • Must not have more than 12 absences for the academic school year (Tribal SYEP)
  • All positions are classified as non-agricultural jobs, youth age 14-18 may be employed for non-hazardous positions. Youth age 14-15 are not allowed to operate mechanized equipment and youth age 16-18 may operate mechanized equipment under adult supervision.

*Eligible youth participants will be paid NE minimum wage for actual hours worked up to 32 hours per week, up to (9) weeks. Must attend Mandatory workshops each week.

Higher Education Director
Patrice Bass

Community Education Outreach Specialist
Rana Merrick

Higher Education Department