Summer Youth Employment Program

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Slate: City Summer Job Programs Are a Key Front in the Fight Against Anti-LGBTQ Discrimination, June 3, 2016

"[Summer Youth Employment] programs support all city youth, and they improve the chances for LGBTQ youth to avoid discrimination and achieve economic justice. We have real opportunities to create and expand job programs for our young people."


Pix 11: DYCD Opens Early Application Process for City's Summer Youth Employment Program, February 17, 2017 

"New York City Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) announced that applications are open for the 2017 Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) through Friday, March 17, 2017. The application process was launched earlier this year to give New Yorkers additional time to plan for summer."

New York City Employment & Training Coalition: UNH's Andrea Bowen Urges for Full Investments to SYEP as "a Key Front in the Fight Against Anti-LGBTQ Discrimination, July 6, 2016

"As New York City nears the conclusion of its budget season and youth service providers await the NYC Council’s decision on investments for summer youth employment United Neighborhood Houses (UNH) continues to advocate for funding that would support 60,000 jobs for youth this summer."


NYC City Council: Expand to 100,000 Jobs by FY 19, April 4, 2016

"Council calls upon the Administration to expand the program to offer 100,000 jobs by Fiscal 2019. To accomplish this, the Council proposes that the increase be phased in over the course of three years....”


WBAI: Officials Call for Expansion of Summer Jobs Program, March 4, 2016

"It allows them to buy school supplies. It allows them to buy clothes.  It allows them to buy things that would otherwise come out of their parents’ pockets."


New York Daily News:  City Funded Summer Jobs for Kids Surged in 2015, August 31, 2015

"More Big Apple youths landed city-funded summer jobs in 2015 than at any other point in the program’s 50-year history, Department of Youth and Community Development figures show."


Wall Street Journal:  Summer Jobs Program For Poor Youth Saved Lives, Lowered Incarceration in NYC , April 24, 2015

"The largest U.S. summer employment program aimed at disadvantaged youth not only boosted their future earnings but also
decreased rates of imprisonment and saved lives."


CBS Evening News:  Teenager Had Idea to Connect Young People to Summer Jobs, April 13, 2015

CBS Evening News profiles the work of Adrian Gonzalez a teenager who learned coding in a summer job and has now created an app to help teenagers find work.  The piece features an interview with DYCD Commissioner Bill Chong.


Telemundo:  Recomiendan Buscar empleo desde ya si quiere trabajar en New York este verano April 10, 2015

Una campaña pretende ayudar pues según los expertos la demanda supera las plazas disponibles


New York Non-Profit Press:  Advocates Call on City to Provide 50k Summer Jobs April 9, 2015

“More than 130,000 youth apply for SYEP each summer, said Council Member Mathieu Eugene, Chair of the Committee on Youth Services.  “They are sending a message about how important summer work opportunities are.  We must go farther and do more to ensure more of New York City’s youth can get SYEP jobs this summer and in future years.  This wonderful program provides our young people with the skills, discipline and self-confidence that will enable them to achieve great success and become the leaders of tomorrow.”


NTD TV:  纽约青少年暑期实习 申请正当时, April 9, 2015

"For most of our participants, this is going to be the first opportunity to have the experience of the world of work."  Christopher Lewis, SYEP Director


WNBC:  New York:  New York City's Summer Youth Employment Program, April 8, 2015

Christopher Lewis, director of DYCD’s Summer Youth Employment Program, and Ibnat Iqbal, former student SYEP participant, join Gus Rosendale to talk about the nation’s largest summer youth employment and its opportunities for young people. The deadline to apply is April 24.

WABC-TV: Tiempo-SYEP, April 6, 2015

Andre White, Acting Assistant Commissioner of DYCD and Adrian Gonzalez an SYEP participant who has mastered advanced coding discuss the Summer Youth Employment Program.


New York Daily News:  Program to find summer jobs for teens seeks help from city and private sector  March 29, 2015

“We were heartened to see the Council make it a key priority last year and we are hoping they will do it again this year,” said Gregory Brender of United Neighborhood Houses, who co-chairs the Campaign for Summer Jobs. “The demand has never really met the supply. And this gives kids somewhere positive to be.”


UN NUEVO DÍA: Un joven convirtió su empleo de verano en una historia de éxito March 19, 2015


UN NUEVO DÍA:  Trabajos de verano para jóvenes marcan una diferencia  March 18, 2015

El programa de empleo de verano para jóvenes de la ciudad de Nueva York está siendo de ejemplo para muchas ciudades del país.


NY1:  Release of SYEP Application March 2, 2015

NY1 profiles summer jobs participants including Helen Wei, a Biology student with a summer jobs in the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.


New York Non-Profit Press:  Campaign for Summer Jobs Holds Youth Action Day  February 25th, 2015

“Having a summer job helped gave me skills and confidence and a sense of responsibility that helps me in school and will also help my career.  I came to Albany today to urge our State leaders to make this great opportunity available to more of New York’s young people.”  Said Beverly Banquah, an SYEP participant last summer from the Bronx who spoke to legislators today as part of Youth Action Day.


New York Non-Profit Press:  The Summer Surge:  Mayor Sends in Services to Keep City Safe  July 16th, 2014

“The Campaign for Summer Jobs applauds Mayor de Blasio’s announcement of 850 new SYEP slots this summer for young people in public housing,” said Gigi Li of the Neighborhood Family Services Coalition and Gregory Brender of UNH, co-chairs of Campaign for Summer Jobs.  “These jobs will give valuable work experience and a paycheck to young people throughout the City…  We are thrilled that more young people will have this opportunity.”


City Limits:  Help Wanted: 10,000 More Summer Youth Job Slots  June 11th, 2014

The Department of Youth and Community Development, which administers the program, often receives more than four times as many applications as it has SYEP spots.

It's no wonder why. Earlier this month the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that unemployment among 16- to 24-year-olds was at 19 percent.