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​​Since 1986, the MYEP has worked to prepare Charlotte’s youth for future employment. The program focuses on leveraging relationships with businesses and the community to provide meaningful, career-oriented internships for participants.

MYEP participants explore careers, hone skills, and gain exposure to models of professionalism, creating pathways to attainable career goals. As youth achieve, our community is strengthened.


MYEP provides career and professional development experiences to eligible and accepted youth through part-time internship or job placements. Host employers participate with the MYEP by offering positions that align with either an internship or job experience for MYEP-accepted youth.


When: Summer 2024 MYEP Program dates are approximately June 17, 2024 – Friday, August 2, 2024

Note: The MYEP cannot guarantee acceptance into the program or placement in a role that aligns with an applicant’s desired career choice.  The MYEP strives to make mutually beneficial matches of applicants to Host Employers, considering the entire applicant pool and balancing multiple factors (such as a Host Employer’s needs, the applicant’s expressed career choice, the applicant’s skills, strength of application, location, access to transportation, etc.).  Absent extenuating circumstances, a decision to opt-out of an internship or job placement is considered a withdrawal from the MYEP for the current cycle.  The MYEP encourages all applicants to continue to seek out internship or job opportunities that are best for them.  Youth may request to be placed on the Youth Programs Lists for information about upcoming Job Fairs hosted throughout the year. 

JCRT Applicant Eligibility

MYEP participants are motivated high school students who are recommended to the program by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) Career Development Coordinators (CDCs). 80-100 students will be accepted to this program. Students must meet the following eligibility requirements to be considered for the program: 

o Open to All eligible High School aged Charlotte Residents that:

o Will be at least 16 years old on or before April 15th, 2024

o Have a Social Security number (Undocumented student can take the training but cannot be placed in the MYEP. MYEP is working to address this as a program)

o Are eligible to work in USA.  

Job and Career Readiness Training Process

The City of Charlotte’s Youth Programs provides 16-24-year old residents with the opportunity to participate in career readiness training free of charge. This experience covers job readiness, interview preparation and essential skills. The Job & Career Readiness Training is offered to you during the school day or on the weekend, depending on what works best for your schedule. This training is the first required step an interested student must take in order to pursue Mayor’s Youth Employment Program (MYEP) eligibility.


Mayor's Youth Employment Program Video  

Watch Before Completing Process


Steps 1-4 are due by 9/27/23- The deadlines are final/No extensions!

Step 1: Complete City of Charlotte Registration Form by 9/27/23


Step 2: Complete AK Application by 9/27/23. This takes less than three minutes.

Step 3: Complete permission slip and return to Mr. Webb

Step 4: Attend Virtual Orientation on October 5th, 2023

Step 5: Job and Career Training Sessions (Beginning 10/9/24)

  • Returning MYEP participants do not need to complete again!

  • Three dates to choose from

  • In-School and Community (Weekend dates) offered

  • Required for Course Completion

  • Dates to choose from: 10/11 (Field Trip), 10/14 or 10/21

APPLICATION PROCESS Mayors Youth Employment Program (Must Complete JCRT Process To Be Eligible) 2024 Dates and Information Coming Soon!

MYEP Application will open December 2023

  • Application process will include

     o Completed application
     o Sparkhire Interview
     o Background Check
     o Drug Screen


ALL steps will need to be completed by the deadline in order for you to be considered.



     o Use an email address that you check regularly
     o Only provide 1 email address (be consistent)
     o Check your email address for typos (, @gmail.con)

  • Provide accurate contact information

     o Cell Number
     o Home Number
     o Parent/Guardian Phone numbers
     o Be sure that voicemail is set up and not full

  • Be sure date of birth is correct (The default is the year that we are in. Select the correct year, month, and day)

  • Enter correct parent/guardian information for two people that can be contacted in case we cannot reach you

  • Enter soft and technical skills

     ○ This information may be used to match you with an employer

  • Short Answer Responses

     ○ Be sure to answer questions thoroughly
     ○ Use at least 150 words
     ○ Be sure to answer the question that is being asked

  • Vacation/Time Away

     o Please let MYEP know of your summer plans
     o This will not excuse you from program requirements
     o You will need to prioritize the MYEP
     o You will need to seek approval for any time away
     o You will only be allowed to miss for special circumstances (for example Medical Situations,

        Emergencies or other situations that are deemed a special circumstance)

  • Plan your application time

     o Do not wait until the last minute
     o Prepare yourself and your documents
     o Do not rush. This will assist with avoiding errors
     o Give appropriate time to all responses.

INTERVIEW (Spark Hire):
     ○ Use the same email address used for application
     ○ Check your technology in advance
     ○ Practice interviewing with a friend
     ○ Dress appropriately, as if you were doing an in person interview
     ○ Be sure that there are no distractions
     ○ Be sure that lighting is appropriate
     ○ Give thorough responses


Background and Drug Screen Window:

  • Secure a Photo ID NOW!

     o Driver license, Driving Permits, State Issued ID cards, ACTIVE Passports, School issued ID
       cards with picture
     o Failure to have these items when you go to test will result in you being denied

  • Schedule your appointment early once instructions are sent

     o Failure to schedule will lead to you not being allowed to test on the day that you show up

  • Enter your Social Security Number (This is the only number that is accepted. If you do not have an official social security number, then you will not be allowed to participate in the  MYEP. ITIN and other numbers will not be accepted)

  • Use an email address that you check frequently to register for testing

  • Use your LEGAL NAME on all forms. This will assist with verifying your identity

  • Be sure that you are available on that date that you select for screening

  • Window to complete Background Check and Drug Screen


Offers and Placements (Dates Coming Soon)

  • Offers will include Virtual and In Person opportunities

  • Offers will be sent

  • Deadline to accept offer

  • Final roster will be shared

  • Program Kickoff June, 2024

  • Program Ends August, 2024

MYEP Application Help Sessions

  • Opportunity for students to have questions answered

  • We will walk though application to assist with completion

  • There will be two 1 hour sessions

     ○ Virtual via Zoom


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