City of Wilmington, DE

02/21/2024 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 02/21/2024 15:26

Registration Opens for Wilmington’s 2024 Youth Career Development Program Presented by the Department of Parks and Recreation

APPLY TODAY! Summer employment program begins June 17; more than 300 positions are available; applicants must register using their smartphone or online at

Wilmington Mayor Mike Purzycki and Parks and Recreation Director Ian R. Smith today announced the opening of the registration period for the 2024 Youth Career Development (YCD) Program summer session, which begins June 17.

New and returning applicants can register now at The deadline to apply is Friday, April 12, 2024.
The City will again employ hundreds of youths this summer in numerous professions and internships within City government as well as in the business and community sectors. Mayor Purzycki said the Youth Career Development Program is intended to help younger City residents develop valuable work skills and prepare them for a successful career and future.

"I encourage our young people to take advantage of this special opportunity and apply today for a summer job or internship. This experience will help them develop a strong foundation for ongoing personal and professional growth," said Mayor Purzycki. "We all want our young people to become more responsible in a work-like setting and to explore their unique skills and talents, thereby laying a solid foundation for future success as they transition to adulthood. This program is designed to help them do just that."
"Parks and Recreation is excited to play our role in this decades-long rite of passage for so many Wilmingtonians," said Parks Director Smith. "We look forward to another successful year with our employment partners and young employees."

Those interested in summer employment must apply online or by using their smartphone. Once an account is created and the registration is received by YCD staff, the applicant will be scheduled for an intake appointment to review the application and required documents.
To be eligible for the 2024 Youth Career Development Program, applicants must:

  • be between the ages of 14 and 20
  • complete the online/mobile phone registration
  • meet residency and job-eligibility requirements which can also be found online
  • pass all background checks and drug screenings
  • arrange for direct deposit of their paychecks

2024 Youth Career Development participants can apply for one of at least 75 internship positions with entities that include United Way, Theatrical Delights, Aquatics, Christiana Care, University of Delaware-Green Jobs, as well as the City of Wilmington Art Works. Interns will be selected through an open and competitive interview process. The application deadline is Friday, April 12, and internship participants will be notified via email and online. Youth workers will be assigned a career mentor during the six- week program, and after successful completion will receive a letter of recommendation from their employer.

Workforce Track
The workforce track will consist of approximately 250 entry-level jobs that are available in diverse businesses and agencies throughout the community. Partner worksites include the City of Wilmington, Fire Marshall Office, William "Hicks" Anderson Community Center, People's Settlement, Christina Cultural Arts Center, Juice Joint, Al's Sporting Goods, ShopRite, DuPont Environmental Education Center, H. Fletcher Brown Boys & Girls Club, Girls Inc., House of Wright Mortuary, Joe Williams State Farm Insurance, Inc., The Center for Structural Equity, Brown Bag, Congo Funeral Home, and Jeter & Company as well other law offices, child care centers, and other area employers. The deadline for applications is Friday, April 12.

The Parks and Recreation Department will hold intake sessions by appointment only after the online application has been successfully submitted. YCD 2024 is conducted in partnership with the Delaware Department of Labor.

Participants in the Youth Career Development 2023 Green Jobs Program.

Paul Ford Jr.
Director of Communications
City of Wilmington, Office of the Mayor
Mobile: (302) 530-2171
Email: [email protected]