Mayor's Youth Employment Program

MYEP Students smiling at the camera while holding #1 hand props at the MYEP Kickoff event.

Mayor's Youth Employment Program


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I'm looking for a career path that's
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going to fulfill me one moment I was
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saying right where you guys are right
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now the next I was faced with corporate
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America I remember being nervous waiting
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to meet my employers the people you're
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about to meet want you to succeed in a
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few minutes the opportunity to choose
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your own life begins my internship
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turned into a four-year apprenticeship
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with Bosch Rexroth which I just
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completed and it helped me to get my
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associates of science and computer
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integrated machining and that is going
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to turn into me continuing my education
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to become a mechanical engineer I knew I
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wanted to be a police officer I just
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didn't know what that meant exactly I
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was able to ride with them for 10 hours
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on a police car go to cause do what they
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do see what they'd see it was a great
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experience there my internship and up on
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Hill they treated me like family I
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wanted to be a nurse anesthetist but
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worked in the surgery waiting room I got
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to scrub in to see his hip replacement
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surgeries so I got to see every process
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that went into the extra surgery
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I was a part of the my IEP program 2015
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and 2016 I interned at Edison Ford a
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construction company and at HM TV yet
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another construction company it was a
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good experience I learned a lot and they
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were willing to teach me everything that
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they knew through my internship I
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realized what my true passion was before
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I interned with BankAmerica I was I was
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all over the place I wanted to be a
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physicist a journalist a lawyer a
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firefighter a part of the police I
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wanted to be part of the FBI or CIA I
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wanted to work for the government I
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wanted to be an artist I wanted to be a
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dancer I got this experience for two
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months in the corporate world learning
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about the bank or finances or I would
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see what the tellers do or learn from
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the personal bankers you are ready
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because you are prepared to take
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advantage of the opportunity you don't
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always recognize the moments that will
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change your life at the time that
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they're happening but this is happening
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right now it's time
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[Music]

37 Years of Service​​​

In the Mid 1980s, Mayor Harvey Gantt developed a framework for a program to support upward mobility for Charlotte youth.  In 1986 his vision came to life as the Mayor's Youth Employment Program (MYEP), dedicated to providing students with career experiences that help youth develop career goals, stay in school, achieve academically, and enhance social skills that enable them to succeed in life. Over the years the MYEP has gained state and national recognition.

In celebration of 37 years of service, staff members reflected on our accomplishments, and the community leaders and businesses that assisted us in providing thousands of opportunities for youth. We feel most fortunate to continue this important work, and we can't wait to see what the next 37 years will hold.


 



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Students, Pa​rents, and Teachers

Community Partners and Employers

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