To be eligible to participate, you must:

  • Be between the ages of 16-21
  • Be living in St. Lucie County
  • Complete an Application
  • Commit to 2 weeks participation in YESS program
  • Be able to complete 6 weeks paid work experience
  • Include a resume with Application
  • Include 2 letters of recommendation from school personnel or a community organization
  • Must have parent permission to apply, if under 18.


Transportation will not be provided. You must be able to get to/from your training site and internship site. Need transportation for Summer of Success? Click here to check the local bus routes!  Once your application is completed and submitted, you will be contacted for a formal interview appointment. If you are selected based on your completed application and interview score, you and a parent or guardian MUST attend one Parent Orientation. Please ensure you are 100% available for the entire program. Dates are as follows:

  •  March 10th, 2017- applications available online
  • April 21st– final day to submit applications
  • May 1st-5th– participant interviews conducted at various school sites
  • May 12th– notification of acceptance or placement on waiting list will be emailed to all applicants
  • May 16th– Parent Orientation 6:00pm-8:00pm (location to be announced)
  • May 18th– Parent Orientation 4:00pm-6:00pm (location to be announced)
  • June 12th-23rd – Youth Employment Success Solutions (YESS) Class 9:00am-3:00pm (locations to be announced) (Normal class hours Monday-Thursday 9:00am-3:00pm, Fridays are class make up days from 9:00am-12:00pm)
  • June 22nd– YESS Graduation Ceremony (location to be announced)
  • June 26th-August 4th– Internship (job locations, times, etc. will vary based on individual participant’s placement). Participants are paid a wage of $8.10/hour and work 32 hours per week during the 6 week internship period.

Employers interested in hosting an internship should contact Jodi McNamara at

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