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Summer Youth Employment connects youth and local businesses
Summer Youth Employment connects Rosedale businesses and youth

Rosedale Development Association is now accepting applications from both businesses and youth ages 14 to 17 years for Summer Youth Employment (SYE). For over 20 years RDA has partnered with local businesses to teach job skills and place youth in their first summer job.

SYE is an eight-week summer employment program providing Rosedale youth with work experience at a local business. The program is centered around skills training and professional development, while allowing the youth to explore personal and professional interests. The businesses train and supervise the students while they work.

Participants are required to submit an application, be interviewed, attend orientation if accepted, participate in a job fair, work approximately 15 hours a week, and engage in weekly Lunch & Learn training sessions for eight consecutive weeks. Lunch & Learn sessions bring in speakers on various topics including budgeting, resume building, and interviewing skills.

Businesses interested in having a Summer Youth Employee need to fill out an application that describes the type of work the youth will be participating in, the work environment, and how supervision will be conducted. Each business is required to be present at the business informational session and job fair.

Our past business partners have been: Annedore’s Fine Chocolate, Carroll Seating, Doggie Style Bowtique, Dynamic Discs, Holy Name, Little Angels Daycare, RDA, Sharing Community in Rosedale — Rainbow Freedom Schools, and Vista Manufacturing.

2016 was the first year Dynamic Discs partnered with RDA in offering a job to a 14-year-old young man. Josh Harvey, Manager, shared that it was a success. Dynamic Discs has been looking into ways to break into the Junior Division and this young man assisted them in achieving that goal.

“We appreciate that our Summer Youth Employee had great customer service and was kind. He showed drive and professionalism. We believe that this program builds community”. Josh went on to say, “We are definitely interested in partnering with the program this year. If the young person comes with drive we are able to teach them and feed them all the information that we know.”

Through a grant provided by the Kansas City Board of Public Utilities, students from across KCK Public Schools have participated in SYE. They have represented Argentine Middle, J.C. Harmon, Rosedale Middle, and Sumner Academy.

Applications are available March 21-April 14 and can be found at the RDA office, school offices, or online at

To learn more about Summer Youth Employment, call 913-677-5097 or email Deanna at

Download the 2017 Business Application Download the 2017 Summer Youth Employment Application