Why should businesses participate?
“There are a lot of kids in this city that really want to work. By providing them that opportunity, we help them in developing their own work ethic, the value of working for your money, not just asking for it. We give them an opportunity to earn their money, to learn the skills that they need. When they want to say yes to a job, we ought to put them in a position to give them a job to say yes to.”
Mayor Sylvester Turner
Nonprofit and community organizations
Need a summer intern but can’t afford to pay the salary?
Hire Houston Youth provides a limited number of subsidized interns each summer in local nonprofit and community organizations thanks to our generous sponsors. Sponsorships are limited and not guaranteed to organizations who apply to receive an intern. To apply, sign up to hire a youth today!
Frequently asked questions
When are Hire Houston Youth employment opportunities offered?
Most Hire Houston Youth summer employment opportunities begin on June 11, 2018, and end no sooner than August 3, 2018. Please keep in mind that the minimum required employment length is 7 weeks to ensure youth have a meaningful workforce experience, however, employers are welcome to extend the period as they see fit.
Who is responsible for paying the youth?
Employers are expected to compensate youth employees. A limited number of non-profits and community organizations will receive a subsidized HHY intern.
How much are youth paid?
The minimum pay that employers are asked to compensate youth is $8.00 per hour. If you wish to compensate at a higher rate, you are encouraged to do so. The average pay rate for 2017 interns was $13 per hour.
What are the ages of youth applicants?
The application is open to youth between the ages of 16 to 24 years old.
What assignments can Hire Houston Youth employees undertake?
Employers can assign youth any task within their capability. There should be safety plans and programs in place, along with adequate supervision.
How do the youth get to work?
The youth employees will provide their own transportation. Houston METRO provides HHY youth with 3 weeks of METRO service free to ensure there are no barriers to employment until youth receive their first paycheck.
What about workers' compensation and general liability insurance for the youth employees?
Youth will be covered as employees under either the company’s worker’s compensation or general liability insurance. Intern sponsors should consult with their insurance agents to ensure the intern is covered as an employee by the carrier. HHY staff can assist in providing guidance on questions of liability.
Will employers be able to interview candidates?
Yes. Using the Hire Houston Youth platform, employers will be able to view applications directly and set up their own interviews.
How will employer information be presented on the Hire Houston Youth application?
Hire Houston Youth staff will work with liaisons to draft the employer profiles and job descriptions.
What kind of support can I expect from Hire Houston Youth staff?
The HHY staff will be available throughout the year to provide assistance to employers, help with drafting appropriate job descriptions, solve unforeseen problems, and answer any questions you may have.