2007-04-06 / Community

Youth Summer Employment Applications Online

The Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) has released applications for the 2007 New York City Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP).

The applications can be found on the DYCD website at nyc.gov/dycd.

This marks the first year that young people can apply online. Hard copies of the application and instructions can also be downloaded for printing. The deadline to submit a completed application is May 18.

SYEP is a seven-week program that will run from July 2, 2007 through August 18, 2007. Last year, approximately 41,650 youth were enrolled in SYEP. Participants work up to 25 hours a week while earning $7.15 per hour in assignments at government agencies, hospitals, summer camps, nonprofits, small businesses, law firms, museums, as well as in sports and retail organizations. All New York City residents between the ages of 14 and 21 are eligible to apply.

In keeping with their objective to provide an employment experience that emphasizes real-world labor expectations, DYCD has successfully expanded the number of private sector jobs. SYEP not only provides New York City youth with summer employment, but also incorporates educational experiences that build on their individual strengths. These principles include engaging the talents and interests of youth, developing their skills and competencies, and providing positive adult role models.

The program also teaches financial literacy skills, including how to utilize banks, manage their earnings and how to save for the future.

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