Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP)

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The 2019 Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) applications are available NOW! SYEP provides New York City youth with paid summer experiences for up to six weeks in July and August. This year we've made some changes to the program: teens 14 - 15 take part in project-based activities that help them explore different careers while young adults aged 16 - 24 can work in a variety of industries throughout the City. For more information, and to apply for this year's program, visit the official SYEP website.

Summer Enrichment

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DYCD offers engaging high-quality programs for young people in all five boroughs of New York City during the hours they are not in school. Visit our DYCD website to learn more about our individual youth programs or contact Youth Connect at 1-800-246-4646/646-343-6800 to find a location near you.

Green Girls Summer Institute

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This innovative program inspires early adolescent girls to excel as environmental scientists and stewards of New York City’s precious natural resources. They take middle school students on outdoor adventures in parks and along waterways after school and during the summer. Whether bird-watching, canoeing, conducting science projects or doing service, Green Girls develop a new understanding of natural ecosystems for girls, discover how they can create positive change within their environment, and learn about future careers in the sciences.

Discovery Guide Volunteer Program

Discovery Guide positions at the Bronx Zoo are open to youth aged 14 to 24. As a Bronx Zoo Discovery Guide, you will join the Education Department in its mission to inspire a diverse and inclusive movement of conservation advocates. You may do this by engaging zoo visitors in fun, educational activities throughout the park; by assisting Conservation Educators in programs like summer camp; or by advocating for wildlife and the environment through a WCS campaign. There are many exciting opportunities for you to take advantage of, and opportunities to grow within the program throughout the seasons. To apply for or learn more about the Discovery Guide Program, click here. For additional questions or assistance, email


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Paid Tech internship
Launch a Career in Technology! NPower creates pathways to economic prosperity by launching digital careers for military veterans and young adults from underserved communities. To apply, visit the NPower website.

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Grand St. Settlement’s AmeriCorps team brings over 30 youth together to lead initiatives and service projects while building job skills and experience. Each AmeriCorps program has a different approach to improve lives and strengthen communities. If you are interested in increasing academic achievement, mentoring youth, fighting poverty, sustaining national parks, or just about anything in between, AmeriCorps has a program for you. Apply today and begin your AmeriCorps adventure!


Free Tennis Classes

The New York Junior Tennis & Learning (NYJTL) is offering FREE classes for youth ages 5-18. Receive free tennis instruction from trained coaches in schools and public parks in all 51 New York City council districts year-round. For more information, contact Ingrid Ramirez or visit the official NYJTL website.

Urban Word NYC

First Draft (#UWFirstDraft) is a free, non-censored, open mic series. It is open to all teen poets, musicians, MCs, urban word alumni and mentors. They seek to provide a safe space for artistic expression, experimentation and development across all genres. Feel free to email if you have any questions.

Summer Youth Police Academy

The NYPD Summer Youth Police Academy is one of several innovative, effective programs that the Department provides for young people in New York City. The program gives young individuals between the ages of 10 and 15 the opportunity to train with police officers during the summer, leading to positive relationships between the Police Department and the City’s youth. For additional information, visit the Summer Youth Police Academy official website to apply or call the Community Affairs Bureau’s Youth Strategies Division at 718-312-5079.


New York State Park is Looking for Lifeguards

Spend your summer at your favorite pool or beach! The State of New York is looking for lifeguards that are 16 and up. For a full list of site and requirements, visit their website.

YMCA Summer Camps

With 22 YMCA branches in New York City’s five boroughs, there’s bound to be a YMCA that’s near you, and they are hiring for a wide range of positions for their summer camps. If you are interested in becoming a Camp Coordinator, Day Camp Counselor or Day Camp Activity Specialist, visit the YMCA’s official website.

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