2011-05-06 / Community

Businesses Sought For Summer Youth Program

By Miriam Rosenberg

As summer fast approaches, the Rockaway Development and Revitalization Corporation has announced that they are looking for local businesses to partner with them to help provide jobs to the youth of Rockaway. RDRC is looking for partners to provide jobs through the city’s Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP), the agency’s executive director Kevin Alexander told The Wave. “Any business – [it can be] a not-for-profit, [a] for-profit, it can be a government institution – can become a [summer employment sponsor],” said Alexander. “What it does require [after completing the application] …is that RDRC has to do a site inspection to make sure there are no health violations, that there’s proper supervision, that they go through a whole orientation process for the Summer Youth Employment Program to make certain that they understand that it adheres to the city’s rules and regulations.” The city’s Department of Youth and Community Development runs the program. Wages are paid by the city. “Not only that actually the City of New York is paying for that free labor, it’s also a way for them [business owners] to understand that there’s a lot of good youth that want to work, that want to learn, that want to run a business, so it becomes a good relationship and a way for them to work together.” Youth between the ages of 14 and 24 will earn minimum wage, $7.25 an hour, and can work up to 25 hours a week from July 5 to August 19. Businesses can obtain an application to become an SYEP site online at http://www.nyc.gov/-html/dycd/html/home/home.shtml or can call Renee McWilliams, the Associate Director of Education, Employment and Career Development Services at RDRC at 718-327-5300 for more information. Applications must be in by the end of this month.

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