Summer Jobs Programs
Summer jobs programs are a promising intervention with proven benefits for youth — especially those most impacted by the pandemic. Research indicates that summer jobs programs improve economic outcomes for youth. Limiting the damage of the pandemic, especially among the most vulnerable, supports the Fed's inclusive full employment mandate.
How Do Youth Benefit from Summer Jobs Programs?
- Earn an income
- Learn to manage money
- Explore career pathways
- Gain workplace skills
- Build self-confidence
How Do Communities Benefit from Summer Jobs Programs?
- Grow their local economy
- Experience a reduction in crime
- Strengthen local schools
How Do Employers Benefit from Summer Jobs Programs?
- Diversify recruiting pipelines
- Build connections with local communities
- Deepen civic engagement
How Can You Help?
- Create a job
Contact Thrive Chicago to connect with youth through Thrive's reconnection hubs and community-based organization partners.
Financial Capability Resources
Davis, Jonathan and Sara Heller. Rethinking the Benefits of Youth Employment Programs: The Heterogeneous Effects of Summer Jobs.
Heller, Sara. Summer Jobs Reduce Violence among Disadvantaged Youth.
Gelber, Alexander, Adam Isen and Judd Kessler. The Effects of Youth Employment: Evidence from New York City Summer Employment Program Lotteries.
Modestino, Alicia Sasser and Richard J. Paulsen. Reducing Inequality Summer by Summer: Lessons from an Evaluation of the Boston Summer Youth Employment Program