Former Summer Youth participant shares success story, urges local youth to apply

SUMMIT COUNTY, OHIO—As County Executive Ilene Shapiro’s Department of Job and Family Services (JFS) plans another summer of exciting employment programming for local youth, former participant Torsha Solomon is urging young residents to apply for a slot.

Each year, JFS’s Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) provides meaningful work opportunities for 16-18 year olds throughout the County. Over an eight-week period, participants can earn up to $2,400 while learning important skills in a variety of sectors including advanced manufacturing, healthcare, information technology, business and more. The program pairs each participant with a local business, providing a meaningful community connection for both.

Torsha first joined SYEP when she was 14. She participated for several more summers, working at East Akron Neighborhood Development Corporation, Infocision, Rockynol and the Akron Zoo. Torsha proudly states her time as a summer youth participant molded her work ethic and drove her ambition to open her own business.

Today, Torsha works for Veterans Affairs by day and runs her own business, Events by Torsha, by night. When asked if she had advice to give youth, she answered, “Make this job your best job so you can get to the next level.”

To register for SYEP, visit Jobs will begin on June 10. Questions? Call Jobs for Ohio Graduates at 330-374-9477 or email

Local businesses interested in hosting youth participates can complete a survey at There is no cost to participate.

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