SUMMER YOUTH EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM 

Documentary Short - Series 

Virginia Beach, VA | 2017

Role: Interviewer, Cinematographer, Editor

The City of Virginia Beach Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) provides jobs and workplace readiness skills to young people, ages 16-21, through collaboration with local businesses, not-for-profits, and city agencies.

SUMMER YOUTH EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM - HIGHLIGHT REEL 

This highlight reel features Virginia Beach City Manager and Youth Opportunities Coordinator, 2017 guest speakers and youth workers, along with other influential figures whom made a summer of meaningful experiences possible.  

FORBES CANDIES 

Vibrant colors. Sweet smells. Fresh desserts. Established in the 1930s, Forbes Candies draws in hundreds of locals and tourists annually as a Virginia Beach Oceanfront staple. Zuri Hodnett, 16, lands her first job here and discovers a love for customer service and retail. Jazmyn Davis, 19, uses her work experience as an opportunity to learn two important skills: how to manage  finances and how to make waffle cones. 

OUT-OF-SCHOOL TIME SUMMER CAMP

Justin Clayton, 20, has been employed through the Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) for four consecutive summers. However, this time around, he sought something different than his previous experiences working in landscaping services, an outdoor park, and an animal shelter. As an avid babysitter for his cousins and nephews, Clayton was curious to explore his interest in working with kids. His active personality, coupled with his magnetic energy adored by children, makes him the perfect Out-of-School Time Summer Camp counselor. 

CRIME PREVENTION UNIT

Joseph McGuire is a Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) veteran. Two summers ago, he spent his days filing papers in an office cubicle, dreaming of cop cars and sirens. Unable to be placed in the police department due to being a minor, McGuire exemplified perseverance and determination in hopes of sealing a new fate the following summer. Now, 18, and a rising freshman at Radford University pursuing a Criminal Justice degree, McGuire returned to SYEP where he was able to gain hands-on experience as a Crime Prevention Unit intern.