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CareerSource Pinellas announces open enrollment going live for 2022 Summer P.A.Y.S.

The application for the program connecting students and employers for job experience is now open

Clearwater, Fla. (April 22, 2022) - CareerSource Pinellas is recruiting Pinellas County students ages 16-18 and local employers to be part of this year’s Summer P.A.Y.S. (Preparing Area Youth for Success) program.

Summer P.A.Y.S. is a summer employment and training program for eligible Pinellas County residents, developing valuable workforce skills in today’s students. It provides funding for local businesses to host high school students seeking job experience, and for students, it ensures a hands-on learning experience that pays $12 per hour and offers placements in high-demand industries. 

Local students and employers are invited to apply ASAP for this summer’s program at


Students eligible to apply must be:

·        a Pinellas County resident

·        16-18 years old

·        Enrolled in high school or college, or a graduating senior in the class of 2022 

·        Household income limits may also apply

Participating employers must be:

  • Located in Pinellas County
  • Willing to participate in an on-site visit
  • Willing to complete a worksite agreement with CareerSource Pinellas to have students placed at their business and ensure basic OSHA compliance

Employers from all sectors — public, private, and nonprofit — are welcome to apply.

Work assignments start between May 21-June 30, and last for 4-6 weeks.


Kristopher Lucas, CareerSource Pinellas’ chief operating officer, is available to speak with local media about the program. 

We are also in the process of identifying students and business owners who will be available to talk about their experiences from previous years and why other students/businesses should participate this year. 

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Media Contact : Lauren Steif,

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