Tampa Bay Summer Hires



Since the implementation of our inaugural year, we’ve experienced tremendous success. To date, we have served more than 1700 youth with 130 employers participating in the program.

Our Vision –The CareerSource Tampa Bay Summer Youth Employment Program, branded Summer Job Connection (SJC) provides a unique opportunity for career exploration to youth in Hillsborough County. Summer youth employment programs instill the young adults of tomorrow with critical essential skills that all employers need. The SJC program introduces youth to the world of work and exposed them to new experiences, ideas, and potential career paths for the future through hands-on, real-world work experience through paid work experience positions in-demand occupations or targeted industries.

The program design was a vision created by CareerSource Tampa Bay (CSTB) that was met with the full support of the Board of Directors and the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners, as well. The inaugural program year was 2019.

Unemployment rates for youth in the age range of 16 – 24 years old usually run above 13-14%. Our Summer Job Connection program prepares Hillsborough County youth to be work-ready by exposing them to opportunities in targeted occupations, established a future talent pipeline, and assisted with reducing the skills gap shortage. With a focused emphasis on CSTB’s core vision, Talent Meets Opportunity. Our SJC program is equipping the future talent pipeline for Hillsborough County employers.

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Press Releases:

10-17-2019-SJC Program End Awards Calendar Announcement (10.21.2019) final

10-30-2019-SJC Program End Awards (Press Release) 10.28.2019

11-18-2019-Summer Job Connection to host Employer Table Talks

1-6-2020-Summer Job Connection 2020.docx – Press Release 1.6.2020 final

1-4-2021-CSTB Press Release- Summer Job Connection 2021

1-4-2021-Press Release (CSTB) Summer Job Connection to host Informational Sessions 01.04.2021

1-20-2021-CSTB Press Release (Informational Session for Summer Job Connection) 20-1092

3-9-2021-CSTB Press Release- Summer Job Connection Application to Close March 12 (final)

3-25-2021-CSTB Press Release- Summer Job Connection Application Extension to April 5

5-28-2021-CareerSource Holds Summer Job Connection 2021 Summit

Summer Job Connection Videos

SJC 2021 Success stories playlist:

SJC 2021 Job Fair John Flanagan Speech:

SJC summit 2021 John Flanagan Speech:

SJC 2021 Addison Davis Video:

SJC Summit 2021 Felicia Bell Speech:

SJC 2021 Summit Video:

CSTB Board Member & Youth Committee Chair, Tom Aderhold, SJC Summit Speech:

CSTB Board Member Tom Aderhold SJC Summit Interview:

SJC 2021 Job Fair Video:

SJC 2021 Intake Video:

Felicia Bell Summit interview 2021:

SJC Summit 2021 Diane Howard Dress for Success Speech:

SJC Boys and Girls Club Mini Job Fair Video:

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