MYCITY KALAMAZOO FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS.

Applications for the 2019 MyCITY Kalamazoo Summer Youth Employment Program OPEN on Monday, January 21, 2019. Applications for the Career 101 and Career 2.0 pathways will close on Saturday April 9, 2019. Applications for the CareerNOW pathway will be accepted on a rolling basis until all training slots have been filled.

Selection into the Career 101 and Career 2.0 pathways will be chosen at random by an unaffiliated third-party entity from a list of all eligible applicants. The random drawing process will be completed on or about April 22, 2019. CareerNOW participants will be chosen after an interview and assessment process. All MyCITY Kalamazoo applicants will be contacted via email, within 5-7 business days of the random drawing process with additional information about the next steps. Completing the application does not guarantee eligibility or participation in the program.

Eligibility of the applicant will be assessed after the online application is complete, the required documents have been uploaded, and MyCITY staff have reviewed and accepted all submissions. YOU reserves the right to limit participation based on available employment opportunities. If selected to participate in the 2019 MyCITY Summer Youth Employment Program, you will be notified by email.

To complete the on-line application, you will need the following information:

  • Name and home street address
  • Applicant phone number as well as parent/guardian phone number if under the age of 18
  • Valid email address (email address must be unique for each applicant and different from the Parent/Guardian email)
  • Eligibility documents (see required documents question below) ready for upload to the MyCITY Online Portal
  • Be able to answer questions regarding school status and name of school attending
  • Be able to answer questions related to your career interests and plans beyond high school
Do I need my parent/guardian with me to apply?

A parent/guardian signature is not required during the application process but will be required for participants under the age of 18 prior to being placed into your paid internship.

When does the online application open, how will I apply?
  • The ONLINE application opens on January 21, 2019
  • All applications must be completed ONLINE. To complete the application, you will need a computer or other device that is connected to the internet.
  • You will find the ONLINE application link at www.kresa.org/mycity
Who can participate in the 2019 MyCITY Kalamazoo Summer Youth Employment Program?
  • You must be age 14-21 as of June 24, 2019, and
  • You must live within the City of Kalamazoo (not Kalamazoo Township). Please CLICK HERE to check the Street Guide Directory.
When is the 2019 program, and how long will it last?
  • Eligibility determinations, registration and internship site placement will be taking place from April 2019-May 2019
  • The official MyCITY Kalamazoo start date will be June 24, 2019, but specific dates may vary depending on program pathway, and job site.
If I participated last year, do I need to apply in 2019 to participate again?

You will be asked to login and will the complete a modified application to update your information and submit updated/current documentation.

Can I apply for my sister or brother at the same time?
  • No, each person must register individually
  • Each applicant must have their own email account
I don’t have a computer at home. How will I apply online?
  • Open computer lab hours will be available at YOU, 422 E. South Street, Kalamazoo, MI, Monday and Wednesday’s from 3-5pm through Wednesday, April 3, 2019.
  • If you have a smartphone, or a phone with internet access, you may be able to complete the application process using the phone even if you do not have a computer.
What if I don’t have a social security card?

A Social Security card is required for being placed into a job. You MUST have your social security card to complete the eligibility process. For additional information on how to obtain a social security card please visit www.socialsecurity.gov/ssnumber/

If you have applied for a new or replacement Social Security card but have not received the Social Security card at the time of uploading your documents to MyCityYOU.org, you may upload the receipt received from the Social Security office showing that you have applied for a new (replacement) card. Please Note: the actual Social Security card will be required prior to being placed into a job.

If you need financial assistance obtaining eligibility documents, please contact YOU at 269-775-1660.

I don’t have an email address? How can I get one?
  • You can sign up for a free email address through many different email providers such as: Google, Yahoo, and Hotmail.
  • The email address is how MyCITY staff will communicate with you after completing the ONLINE application so be sure to check your email inbox often.
My parent/guardian doesn’t want me to have an email account.

Email is the fastest and easiest way for you to apply and stay connected with us. MyCITY Kalamazoo only uses email addresses and phone numbers to contact you about employment and other opportunities available through Youth Opportunities Unlimited.

If I apply, what other documents will I need to participate in the program?

Birthdate/Age     (Please upload one of the following options for the MyCITY applicant)

A. If applicant is under the age of 18 years of age:

  • Birth Certificate

B. If applicant is 18 years of age and older:

  • Birth Certificate
  • Driver’s License or State issued ID card (should list current address and not be expired)
  • U.S. Passport or U.S. Passport Card (must be current as of application date)
  • Registered Alien Card

Identification     (Please upload one of the following options for the MyCITY applicant)

A. If applicant is under the age of 18 years of age:

  • Driver’s License or State issued ID card (should list current address and not be expired)
  • School ID Card with a Photograph (must be from the 2018/2019 school year)
  • School record or report card (must be from the 2018/2019 school year)

B. If applicant is 18 years of age and older:

  • Driver’s License or State issued ID card (should list current address and not be expired)

Authorization to Work in the U.S.     (Please upload one of the following options for the MyCITY applicant)

  • Social Security card (Needs to be signed by the applicant)
  • Employment authorization document issued by the Department of Homeland Security

City of Kalamazoo Residency

Note: You must live within the City of Kalamazoo to be eligible to participate in the MyCITY program

If applicant is under the age of 18 years of age: (Please upload one of the following options for the MyCITY applicant)

  • Driver’s License or State issued ID card (should list current address and not be expired)
  • Michigan high school, college or university report card or transcript (must be from the 2018/2019 school year and must include the applicants current address)
  • For applicants under the age of 18 one of the following options in parent/guardian name may be used to document Kalamazoo residency however, the parent/guardian name listed on the document must be the same parent name listed on the applicant’s birth certificate or court ordered legal guardianship documentation must be provided. Documentation should include current address.
  • City of Kalamazoo water bill (within the last 90 days)
  • Mortgage, lease or rental agreement (must be current as of application date)
  • Life, health, auto or home insurance policy (must be current as of application date and include the applicant address)
  • Utility bill (ie. Consumers Energy) (within the last 90 days)
  • Account statement from a bank or other financial institution issued within the last 90 days (must include the applicant address)
  • Federal, state or local government documents, such as receipts, licenses or assessments (issued within the last 6 months and include the applicant address)
  • Michigan title and registration (issued within the last year and include the applicant address)

A. If applicant is 18 years of age and older:      (Please upload one of the following options for the MyCITY applicant)

  • Driver’s License or State issued ID card (should list current address and not be expired)
  • City of Kalamazoo water bill (within the last 90 days) (must be listed in the applicant name)
  • Mortgage, lease or rental agreement (must be current as of application date) (must be listed in the applicant name)
  • Life, health, auto or home insurance policy (must be current as of application date and include the applicant name and address)
  • Utility bill (ie. Consumers Energy) (within the last 90 days) (must be listed in the applicant name)
  • Account statement from a bank or other financial institution issued within the last 90 days (must include the applicant name and address)
  • Federal, state or local government documents, such as receipts, licenses or assessments (issued within the last 6 months and include the applicant name and address)
  • Michigan title and registration (issued within the last year and include the applicant name and address)
I don’t have a certified copy of my birth certificate. How can I get one?
  • If you were born in Kalamazoo County, you may get a copy of your birth certificate from the Kalamazoo CountyCourt House,
  • If born in another state, you will find additional information at http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/w2w/index.htm
  • If you need financial assistance obtaining eligibility documents, please contact YOU at 269-775-1660.
How will I be paid if selected to participate in MyCITY Kalamazoo?

You will be paid bi-weekly according to the Kalamazoo RESA pay schedule. Specifics regarding pay dates will be provided during the orientations which are scheduled closer to the start date of the program.

Will there be a background check?

Yes, a background check will be conducted on all youth selected to participate in MyCITY Kalamazoo.

Once I complete the ONLINE application process, what happens next?

The ONLINE application is a two-step process. Step one is to complete the application questions and step two requires the uploading of eligibility documents. Once step one is complete, you will be automatically directed to the eligibility document screen (step two). All documents for step 2 must be uploaded prior to the closing of applications on April 9, 2019. You may upload the eligibility documents at any time between the date of completing step 1 of the application and April 9, 2019 by logging into the MyCITY online portal using your email address and password.

How many jobs are there?

The number of jobs depends on numerous factors still being worked on. No matter the number of jobs, you still must register. However, registering does not guarantee you a job – there may be more applicants than jobs.

What kind of jobs are there?

You will receive additional information regarding available sites, schedules, and job duties as the internship sites are finalized.

Do I get paid for Holiday?

No. Youth will only be paid for hours actually worked.

Am I guaranteed a job placement once I apply?

No, placement is not guaranteed. Placement will be determined by the number of applicants that submit documentation and a random selection process. MyCITY Kalamazoo reserves the right to limit participation based on available employment opportunities.

Is there a waiting list for Jobs?

There may be, but it depends on the number of applicants applying and available positions.

What are the different pathways?

Career 101 (ages 14-15) can earn wages for a combination of employment and educational components. Please note: this group of applicants will likely be working outdoors. Average hours per week will range from 14-17.

Career 2.0 (ages 16-21) can earn wages for approximately 15-22 hours per week which will consist primarily of employment, career exploration activities and educational components.

CareerNOW (ages 18-21) can earn wages for participating in training, related work experience and career exploration activities. Hours for this pathway vary. All applicants must be prepared to enter the workforce full-time upon the completion of the program.

How can I get more information?
  • Email mycitykzoo@kresa.org with questions
  • Call YOU between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm, Monday-Friday at 269-775-1660