Summer Youth Corps

Providing service-learning opportunities for motivated college students, entering their second or third year in college, residing in Bucks County, Pa.

Program Description

Students participating in the Summer Youth Corps Program (SYC) use both academic and social skills to address human needs and solve problems in the real world. They are “matched” with select non-profit human service organizations for a 10-week, paid internship with the opportunity to earn college credits. Their involvement with Bucks County non-profits benefits the agencies as well as their clients.

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Program Highlights

  • 10-week, 400-hour paid internship includes thorough orientation, service to the community, ongoing training and supervision
  • Opportunity to earn three college credits through Bucks County Community College (credits may be available through other colleges/universities)
  • Goal setting to maximize impact at host agency, weekly reflections/discussions, end of program reflection paper and presentation

SYC 2022 Highlights Video

SYC 2022 in Pictures

General Program Timeline

  • November-December: College students apply for SYC internship. List of potential host agencies is finalized.
  • December-January: Interviews conducted with potential interns and graduate supervisors.
  • January-March: Site visits with host agencies. Potential interns interview with host agencies as part of the “match-making” process. Students are encouraged to seek college credit with Bucks County Community College for participation in service-learning program.
  • April: Agreement letters sent to matched interns and host agencies.
  • May: Orientation with interns and host agencies. Graduate supervisor starts at FCP.
  • June-August: Interns and host agencies engaged in SYC Program.

Students use both academic and social skills to address human needs and solve problems in the real world. They are “matched” with select non-profit human service organizations for a 10-week, paid internship with the opportunity to earn college credits.

Program Eligibility

Students entering their second or third year of college and residing in Bucks County, Pa., are eligible to apply for the SYC Program. Successful applicants will spend 32 hours in service activities with a host agency each week and 8 hours of group, training, and networking activities at Foundations Community Partnership. The FCP team and a graduate student provide ongoing supervision and support.

Since students can earn college credits through this program, all interns follow a structured curriculum and syllabus that can be adjusted for each academic institution.

Referral & Application Process

FCP receives candidate referrals from multiple sources:

  • Scholarship recipients
  • Nonprofits
  • Colleges and universities
  • Former SYC interns
  • Advertisements

E-mail your resume to Caroline O’Connell Sinton at info@fcpartnership.org to apply for the SYC Program.

 

Employment Opportunity for Graduate Student

Each spring, FCP also searches for a graduate student to assist in weekly supervision, liaise with site supervisors, conduct field work, and participate in workshops and discussions. The successful applicant will serve 13 weeks (May to August) as a “Field Supervisor” based out of FCP’s Doylestown office.

E-mail your resume to Caroline O’Connell Sinton at info@fcpartnership.org to apply for the graduate student position.

Students entering their second or third year of college and residing in Bucks County, PA., are eligible to apply for the Summer Youth Corps Program.

HOST AGENCY APPLICATION

Non-profit organizations benefit from having highly qualified college students assist their organizations. The students in turn gain meaningful experience with agencies that are dedicated to making a difference in the community.

Eligible host agencies include non-profit organizations that support the behavioral health and human service needs of children, young adults, and families in Bucks County, Pa.

Summer Youth Corps Featured in Social Innovations Journal

The article offers a comprehensive overview of the SYC Program.

Past SYC Host Agencies