Cassima and Alon, both 15, work at the Central Queens Y in an arts and crafts program for summer campers. Alon started working part-time at the Central Queens Y earlier this year as a counselor at the Kid’s Korner after-school program, but like Cassima, this is his first time participating in SYEP. Last summer, he volunteered at camp here and this year jumped at the opportunity to apply for SYEP and get paid for work he loved doing. “I like that we can interact with the kids and help them out whenever they need it,” he said. “My favorite thing is the kids,” added Cassima. “When you talk to them they have such a different perspective, it’s cool.” Cassima wanted to earn her own money “so I wouldn’t have to keep asking my mom and dad. … I bought clothes and shoes and stuff like that.” Both plan to apply for SYEP again.