CONGRATULATIONS to our Summer 2022 Y-ExCL Graduates! What an amazing summer, with 133 student graduates!!

Thank you to all our funders, partners & employers for making this possible!"

​About Y-ExCL

Y-ExCL Summer is a paid, 10-week work-based experience for individuals 14-21 years old to develop and strengthen employment skills while also learning about education and training necessary for future goals. Successful completion of a mandatory 2-week pre-employment training (paid) period is required in order for students to be placed at a job site.

For two weeks, participants will be trained in the core competencies of proper workplace ethics, communication, attire, and time management. They will receive comprehensive training in financial literacy and asset building, entrepreneurship, post secondary processes, peer mentoring, and resume building. Additionally, youth will understand the value of being work-ready and prepared to be a leader.

What's Next

After completing the 2-week training, students are matched with one of our Partnered Employers and work Monday- Thursday, for a total of 20 hours starting at $13.00 an hour. Fridays are reserved for programming that will consist of college tours, service learning projects, and other enrichment activities. The opportunities range from office/administrative duties, inventory flow and control, maintenance, facilities, childcare, event planning, and labor/construction-related jobs for age-appropriate youth.

The 10-Week Commitment is as Follows:

  1. Monday, June 6 through Friday, June 17: In-person 2-week pre-employment training
  2. Monday, June 20: first day of job placement
  3. Thursday, August 11: last day of job placement
  4. Friday, August 12: graduation

If you are interested in participating, the first step is to fill out the online application. Please make sure your email address and phone number are current and accessible. Applying does not ensure acceptance into the program, it means you are now an eligible candidate to conduct an interview for program consideration.

Client Testimonials


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The application deadline has closed.
We are no longer accepting applications this summer.​

All questions and inquiries can be directed to Jason Vang, Youth Program Coordinator at the Evelyn K. Davis Center via e-mail, jcvang1@dmacc.edu, or phone, 515-612-7247

​​​​​Let's Partner!​​​​​​

We partner with local non-profit organizations and businesses to offer real life work experiences for youth we work with over the Summer. Our students range from 14 – 21 years old and we offer 20-hour work experiences for 8-weeks over the 10-week Summer Program. Students will complete a 2 week pre-employment training prior to starting their work experience and will then work Monday through Thursday for the remaining 8 weeks of the program. With the mentorship, leadership, and supervision provided by our partnered employers, this gives our students a chance to practice what they’ve learned during the 2-week training period in a real-life work experience.

Employer Partner Form