Milwaukee receives $3.8M for youth summer jobs

June 17, 2021

Now that Milwaukee is making progress to put the coronavirus pandemic in the rear-view mirror, Employ Milwaukee’s president and CEO Chytania Brown and Mayor Tom Barrett want to make sure every Milwaukee youth who wants and needs a summer job has one. And they’ve got $3.8-million to make that happen.

The money stems from the federal government and will allow Employ Milwaukee and the city’s Earn and Learn program to expand their application process. The initiative is seeking employers from throughout Milwaukee County and the city – including for-profit, non-profit, and faith-based organizations – who would be willing to take on youth for the summer and offer them a positive, safe and productive work experience.

Jobs are open to applicants age 14 to 24, and workers will put in up to 20 hours per week for six to eight weeks through the summer. Opportunities range from working culinary jobs at State Fair Park, to helping out in medical facilities, to working for the Milwaukee County Parks System, to employment as a Milwaukee County lifeguard, for example. Hourly earnings range from $8.01 on the low end to $14.74; and some jobs, particularly with the Parks System, require applicants to be at least 16 years of age. Lifeguard candidates must have the required swimming and water safety skills.

If interested, apply online at either employmilwaukee.org, or the City of Milwaukee Earn and Learn Summer Youth Employment page.

Don’t have a computer at home? No problem.Come to the Employ Milwaukee office at 2342 N. 27th St., and use their on-site computer lab to complete your online application. Lab hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-12 noon and 1-4 p.m. Applicants should bring the following items: a photo I.D. (examples include school 1.D., driver’s license, state I.D., or passport); Social Security card, and proof of address (such as report card or school immunization record if under age 18). A face mask is required in the building and social distancing is practiced. For more information, contact Employ Milwaukee at (414) 270-7550.