Registration for Summer Job Connection 2021 is now closed for Youth.


CareerSource Tampa Bay (CSTB) will kick off their Summer Job Connection 2021 Youth Summit at a Tampa hotel. The week-long event starts on Tuesday, June 1, 2021, and runs until Friday, June 4, 2021.

This Summer Job Connection Youth Summit is an invitation-only summit. It will have more than 700 young adults from 16 to 24 years of age taking part in essential work readiness training and even an opportunity to look for what may be their first job.

“This is an exciting week for many of the young adults participating in the Summer Job Connection program,” said Jody Toner, Chief Policy and Performance Officer with CareerSource Tampa Bay. “For many of those taking part in the Summer Job Connection program, it will be their first job, and with that, there’s a lot of pride not only for the participant
but also their families. Seeing their sons or daughters have the opportunity to participate in this program can change the trajectory of their future.”

Those participating in the program chose three different tracks, including Paid Work Experience, Virtual Career Exploration, or a Leadership Academy called, ‘Young Leaders of Tomorrow’. CareerSource Tampa Bay is the employer of record and handles payroll and payment of the young adults participating in the program.

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Since the implementation of our inaugural year, we’ve experienced tremendous success. To date, we have served more than 1000 youth with 130 employers participating in the program.

Our Vision –The CareerSource Tampa Bay Summer Youth Employment Program, branded Summer Job Connection (SJC) provides a unique opportunity for career exploration to youth in Hillsborough County. Summer youth employment programs instill the young adults of tomorrow with critical essential skills that all employers need. The SJC program introduces youth to the world of work and exposed them to new experiences, ideas, and potential career paths for the future through hands-on, real-world work experience through paid work experience positions in-demand occupations or targeted industries.

The program design was a vision created by CareerSource Tampa Bay (CSTB) that was met with the full support of the Board of Directors and the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners, as well. The inaugural program year was 2019.

Unemployment rates for youth in the age range of 16 – 24 years old usually run above 13-14%. Our Summer Job Connection program prepares Hillsborough County youth to be work-ready by exposing them to opportunities in targeted occupations, established a future talent pipeline, and assisted with reducing the skills gap shortage. With a focused emphasis on CSTB’s core vision, Talent Meets Opportunity. Our SJC program is equipping the future talent pipeline for Hillsborough County employers.

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