Example of corporate and community partnerships supporting Summer Youth Employment Programs (SYEPs).

As part of JPMorgan Chase’s five-year commitment to expanding SYEPs, the firm supported a survey of 21 SYEPs in 19 U.S. cities. Every respondent indicated that they were unable to meet the local need due to lack of funds. The investment prioritizes effective skills development and high-quality work experiences during the summer.

This paper is the first in a series of briefs to be released over the next year in support of efforts to scale SYEPs. It includes an overview of findings from SYEP surveys of the 19 U.S. cities supported by JPMorgan Chase in 2017, as well as interviews and information gathered from 16 practitioners, city leaders, researchers, advocates, and youth, focused on the value of SYEPs and the policies, practices, and investments needed to maintain and improve these critical early work experiences.