Chelsea Works - Youth Employment Initiative


The Summer Youth Employment Initiative provides employment, mentoring and character building activities to 175-250 youth aged 14-19 through community collaboration

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Summer job applications are due March 30, 2016 at 5:30 pm! Download the application at the right. Questions? Please contact:

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Summer Jobs for Youth 

Applications for Summer Jobs in 2017 are due Thursday, March 30, 2016 at 5:30 pm. Youth ages 14-21 who are residents of Chelsea and currently attending school (can be a school equivalent program or college) are eligible to apply for summer jobs through the Chelsea Collaborative. Applicants must be 14 by June 19, 2016. Download the application form here

The Chelsea Summer Youth Employment Initiative was created to reduce and ultimately eliminate youth violence. On the morning of September 11, 2001, Latino leaders were meeting at Chelsea City Hall organized by the Collaborative’s Latino Coalition to address concerns with an increase in youth and gang violence. That summer a young person lost his life due to gang violence. Latino and other leaders saw that life as one too many lost to street violence. That morning, symbolic for many reasons, will stand for the Collaborative as the birth of the extremely popular and successful Summer Youth Employment Initiative (SYEI). Years later, the SYEI has hired hundreds of youth and kept them off the streets all while learning valuable employment skills.

SYEI has accomplished the following:

  • Placed over 2000 youth in summer jobs since inception.
  • Established over 30 worksites where youth are placed to gain employment skills and offer summer help to Chelsea organizations, city government, community parks and businesses
  • Developed pre-placement orientations and trainings
  • Engaged parents in mandatory meetings throughout the program. Through these meetings, parents have become more involved with the Collaborative by engaging in one or more of our other programs or serving on the SYEI steering committee.
  • Established the “Fifth Day” enrichment experiences for youth which consist of an Annual Youth Summit and College and Career Fair, Annual Youth Violence Forum, workshops on substance abuse, domestic violence and other topics concerning to young people, a community clean-up, a basketball tournament between youth and the Police Department and one recreational field trip.

In The News

  • Summer Fun

    Cousins Valerie Hinojosa and Alexandra Hinojosa cool off in a parachute at Quigley Park on Monday afternoon while taking part in the Parks Program, sponsored by the Chelsea Collaborative Youth Summer Jobs program, the Mass General Outdoor Rx and the Chelsea Police. The Parks Program runs Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and includes a lunch from Project Bread. It operates in both Quigley and Bosson Parks.

  • City Announces Special Summer Hires for “Operation Youth Clean-Up”

    The City announced the creation of nine special summer positions to augment the annual Summer Youth Employment Initiative (SYEI) program that is stewarded by the Chelsea Collaborative and funded by the Commonwealth. Each year, approximately two dozen of the more than 200 youths selected for the SYEI program work with Chelsea’s Department of Public Works. City Council President Matt Frank highlighted the importance of the Summer Youth Employment Initiative and Operation Youth Clean-Up by saying, “The young people of Chelsea are an asset that we shouldn’t leave unchallenged, unmentored, or unskilled. Providing opportunities to develop job skills, learn responsibility, and establish a sense of pride in work – this is a good investment in our youth and our community.”

  • Chelsea Teens Attend Youth Jobs Rally at the State House

    More than 96 Chelsea youth participate in a youth jobs rally to advocate for funding to support summer youth employment.

  • Summer Job Can Work Wonders Teens Rally for Season of Employment

    This press coverage highlights youth participating in the Youth Jobs Rally where youth spoke with state legislators about the importance of funding summer jobs for teens.


  • Free Summer Soccer Program

    The Chelsea Collaborative will offer a Free Summer Soccer Program at Highland Park this summer for kids age 5 and up!

  • Youth ages 14-21: Apply today for a summer job with the Chelsea Collaborative

    Applications for youth summer jobs in 2017 are due Thursday, March 30, 2016 at 5:30 pm.

  • Youth Chosen for Interviews for Summer Youth Employment Initiative via Lottery of Names

    Members of the Summer Youth Employment Initiative Steering Committee held a lottery to fairly and randomly choose applicants who will be interviewed for jobs for the summer months. Each year there are hundreds more applicants than there are jobs. The lottery is a fair and equitable way to chose youth names for interviews and possible future jobs.

  • Apply TODAY for the Chelsea Summer Youth Employment Initiative

    The Chelsea Summer Youth Employment Initiative is accepting applications for the 2016 summer youth employment program. Deadline to apply is March 24th. Click /sites/default/files/youth_application_2016.pdf for an application. All youth positions pay $10 per hour for 20 hours per week and will last between 6 to 7 weeks. For more information, please call or visit the Chelsea Collaborative offices at 318 Broadway.

  • Chelsea Collaborative is Hiring for Year Round Youth Positions

    The Chelsea Collaborative is accepting applications for its Year Round Youth Employment Initiative. In order to apply, youth must be between 17 to 21; available to work from November 2015 to May 2016 for a maximum of 120 hours which includes 20 hours of Career Readiness Training; and must complete and submit application by Oct 19th. Click here for the application: /sites/default/files/application_2015-2016.pdf

  • Volunteers Needed to Conduct Youth Interviews for Summer Jobs

    The Chelsea Summer Youth Employment Initiative relies on the help of community partners and stakeholders to interview the bright young applicants seeking summer jobs. Come on out and help us conduct approximately 250 interviews during the April School Vacation Week. The first round of interviews will be held on April 21st from 11 AM to 3 PM at the Williams School 180 Walnut Street. The second round of interviews will take place on April 23rd from 12 PM to 3 PM at The Collaborative. Please contact Sylvia for more information at (617)889-6080x106.