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Wilmington’s Parks and Recreation Department Opens the 2019 Youth Career Development Program Application Process

Post Date:02/26/2019 12:30 PM

The City’s summer jobs and internship program will employ 445 youths; application deadline is April 13.

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Wilmington Mayor Mike Purzycki and Parks and Recreation Director Kevin Kelley announced today the opening of the registration period for the City’s 2019 Youth Career Development program. The fillable PDF application form can be downloaded from the City’s website at, or applicants can call the Department of Parks and Recreation at (302) 576-3822. Application packets are also available at the following locations: William “Hicks” Anderson Community Center, Latin American Community Center, Hilltop Lutheran Neighborhood Center, West End Neighborhood House, Police Athletic League of Wilmington, the Youth Empowerment Project, and Kingswood Community Center.  

This year, the City will employ approximately 445 youths in various jobs and internships within City government as well as in the business and community sectors. Mayor Purzycki said that Youth Career Development is an important job-placement and internship effort that will help City young people develop valuable work skills and prepare those same young people for a successful future.

“We continue to be enthusiastic about our revamped Career Development program and the unique opportunities it affords our City’s youth,” said the Mayor. “All program participants, whether as an intern or on the workforce track, will come away with a solid foundation for continued personal and professional growth. We want our young people to succeed, which they will do by becoming more responsible in a work-like setting and understanding more about the talents and skills they have to achieve their goals.”

To be considered for 2019 Youth Career Development Program, applicants must be between the ages of 14 and 21, must complete an application form in its entirety, and must meet other income, residency and job-eligibility requirements, which can also be found online. Applicants 17 years of age and under must also complete a Delaware Department of Labor work permit form, which can also be downloaded from the City’s website. Background and drug testing will be administered prior to employment, and all participants must arrange for direct deposit of their paychecks in order to be paid.

A new feature of this year’s improved Youth Career Development program is the two-track path to employment through competitive internships and the workforce track.

This year interested individuals will have the option of applying for one of at least 100 internship positions with entities including Summer Collab, United Way, Interfaith Housing,  Freedom School, Green Jobs, Howard HS Delaware Pathways, and Christiana Care, as well as the City of Wilmington. Interns will be selected through an open and competitive interview process. Applications will be available on the City website and at various locations throughout the City, including the Department of Parks and Recreation, 500 Wilmington Avenue. The application deadline is Saturday, April 13, and internship participants will be notified via email as well as having their names published on the City website. Participants will be assigned a career mentor during the six- to eight-week program, and after successful completion will receive a letter of recommendation from their employer.

The workforce track will consist of entry-level jobs which are available in diverse businesses and agencies throughout the community. Among them are the City of Wilmington, Blue Diamond Dental, R.E. Page and Associates, Southbridge Neighborhood House, Girls Inc., the YMCA, Shop Rite, and the Riverfront Development Corporation, as well law offices, daycare centers, and other area employers. 

The Parks and Recreation Department will hold a series of intake sessions across the city beginning on Tuesday, March 26, and running through Saturday, April 13, 2019, to accept applications, assist youths and their families with the application process, offer essay guidance, and answer any questions. A Department of Labor representative will also be on hand to help applicants complete their work permit forms. Applications will only be accepted during the intake sessions. The intake schedule is included at the end of this news release.

In addition to the City of Wilmington, Youth Career Development 2019 partners include Bank of America, the Delaware Department of Labor, and the Laffey-McHugh Foundation.

Louis L. Redding City/County Building
800 N. French Street

Tuesday, March 26

4:30 - 6:30 p.m.

William "Hicks" Anderson Community Center
501 N. Madison Street

Thursday, March 28

4:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Woodlawn Library
2020 W. 9th Street

Wednesday, April 03

4:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Police Athletic League of Wilmington
3707 N. Market Street

Monday, April 08

4:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Department of Parks and Recreation
City of Wilmington Municipal Services Complex
500 Wilmington Avenue (Off I-495)

Saturday, April 13

9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

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