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Wilmington’s Young Residents Set for Career Boost with 2024 Youth Career Development Program

Updated February 28, 2024
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Wilmington’s Department of Parks and Recreation is now accepting applications for its 2024 Youth Career Development Program, starting on June 17. This initiative offers over 300 job and internship opportunities for the city’s youth, aiming to equip them with essential workplace skills and set them on the path to professional success.

Mayor Mike Purzycki and Parks and Recreation Director Ian R. Smith urge young residents between the ages of 14 and 20 to seize this chance to gain valuable work experience this summer. Interested candidates can apply by April 12, 2024, at www.wilmingtonyouthjobs.com, either through a smartphone or online.

Eligibility for the program requires applicants to meet certain age, residency, and job-eligibility criteria, pass background checks and drug screenings, and set up direct deposit for their paychecks.

This program not only provides a means for young people to earn money but offers a platform for personal growth and professional development. By participating, youth will engage in various roles across city government, business, and community settings, gaining firsthand experience and mentorship that will aid in their future career endeavors.

The Youth Career Development Program distinguishes itself by offering at least 75 internships with organizations such as United Way, Christiana Care, and the University of Delaware, among others. These internships are competitive and aim to provide a deeper, more focused professional experience.

Additionally, there are about 250 entry-level positions available across various sectors in the community, providing a broad exposure to different work environments. Applicants must apply online, after which they will be scheduled for an intake session to further discuss their application and next steps.

This initiative is a collaborative effort with the Delaware Department of Labor, designed to prepare Wilmington’s youth for a bright and prosperous future.

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