Mayor's Youth Employment Program


​​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 work experiences for participants.

Gov. Cooper Address to MYEP

Governor Roy Cooper sent a congratulations video to the MYEP virtual pathway participants for our closing ceremony on August 7, 2020. 


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 seeks to build partnerships with host employers in the private, public, and non-profit sectors of Charlotte’s economy who are able to provide one-of-a-kind career experiences for MYEP participants. Businesses provide career experiences that help youth develop career goals, stay in school, achieve academically, and enhance social skills that enable them to succeed in life. Students connect to the world of work which enables businesses and communities to know the needs and successes of the students and schools.

About Our Program:

MYEP participants are motivated high school age youth seeking career exploration or employment opportunities. Participants include youth associated with various community partners, charter schools, home school, e-learning and others. Youth must be 16 on or before April 15, 2021. Charlotte Mecklenburg-School students may contact the Career Development Coordinator (CDC) at their school regarding participating in the MYEP. Non-CMS students may contact 704-336-5577 for information.

MYEP Work Experiences:

  • Accepted MYEP Students will need to commit to 5 weeks of work from June 21, 2021 to July 23, 2021
  • Students are expected to prioritize at least 20 hours of work per week during the 6 weeks, for a total of 100 working hours 
  • Students will be paid a minimum rate of $9.00 per hour
  • The MYEP cannot guarantee work experience or job placement
Participating MYEP Youth Must:
  • Be 16 on or before April 15, 2021
  • Be enrolled as a current student in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools or reside in the City of Charlotte
  • Attend a Job & Career Readiness Training
  • Have a current photo ID and a Social Security number
  • Complete an online application and interview by February 1, 2021
  • Follow instructions (provided in the Spring) to pass a background check and drug screen
  • Participate in a student orientation