Thursday, February 27, 2014

Applications for New York City’s Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) Available Beginning Monday, March 3

Applications for New York City’s Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) Available Beginning Monday, March 3
City residents ages 14-24 have until Friday, April 25 to apply for lottery

New York, NY – New York City Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) Commissioner Bill Chong announced that DYCD will accept applications for the 2014 Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) from Monday, March 3 through Friday, April 25, 2014. SYEP, the nation’s largest summer youth employment initiative, provides New York City young people between the ages of 14 and 24 with up to six weeks of entry-level experience at worksites in all five boroughs. The application does not guarantee placement; participants are selected by lottery for the program.

Youth can apply online or at a participating community-based organization during the application period. Online applications are available at the DYCD website (, or call DYCD Youth Connect at 1-800-246-4646 or 311 for more information. Updates will also be posted to DYCD’s Facebook ( and Twitter ( sites.

Worksites interested in participating have until Friday, May 16, 2014 to apply. For more information, contact Youth Connect at 1-800-246-4646 or 311.

SYEP participants are paid minimum wage to work at thousands of diverse worksites, including government agencies, hospitals, summer camps, nonprofits, small businesses, law firms, museums, sports enterprises and retail. SYEP also provides workshops on job readiness, career exploration and financial literacy, and opportunities to continue education and social growth. Specialized programming for disabled, foster care, runaway/homeless and court-involved young people are also available. Ladders for Leaders is an employer-paid internship component of SYEP for youth aged 16-24.

Last year, nearly 36,000 young New Yorkers were employed at more than 6,800 worksites during July and August, and assisted in the cleanup and recovery from Superstorm Sandy.

Visit to view or download the 2013 SYEP Annual Summary.

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