2009-05-01 / Community

Summer Youth Work Program Open for Applicants

Applications can be picked up at the office of New Councilmember Eric Ulrich. Applications can be picked up at the office of New Councilmember Eric Ulrich. Applications for the Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP), run by the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development, are now available online at www.nyc. gov/dycd and at the District Offices of New York City Council Member Eric A. Ulrich (R-Queens) located at 93-06 101 Avenue in Ozone Park, and 98-16 Rockaway Beach Boulevard in Rockaway Park.

SYEP will once again offer work experience, teach valuable employment skills, and provide New York City residents between the ages of 14 and 21 with a summer income. SYEPeducational activities will enhance the summer experience, allowing participants to develope career awareness, understand personal money management, and acquire work related social skills.

This program is open to all New York City residents between the ages of 14 and 24. Those between the ages of 21 and 24 must meet income requirements to participate in the program. Selection of SYEP participants will be made by DYCD lottery.

The deadline for submitting applications is May 15, 2009 and participating organizations are listed on the application. Submission of an application does not guarantee placement into the program since selections of participants are made by lottery. The program operates for seven weeks - from July 1, 2009 to August 14, 2009, five days a week for a total of 20-25 hours per week. The hourly rate of pay is $7.25 per hour and participants are required to attend 17 hours of educational workshops. Completed applications can be submitted to any NYCHA Development Management Office.

Council Member Ulrich said, "As a member of the Youth Services committee, I am happy to help facilitate this program. Given these difficult economic times, providing summer jobs for youngsters is an excellent way to help keep kids off the streets, and to gain valuable work experience. I strongly encourage parents and young people to pick up an application at one of my district offices and apply for this program."

For further information about DYCD's Summer Youth Employment Program, please call 311 or 1-800-246- 4646.

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