Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) Worksite

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Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) provides New York City youth between the ages of 14 and 24 with paid summer employment for up to six weeks in July and August. Participants work in a variety of entry-level jobs in the nonprofit and private sectors. SYEP prepares youth for the workplace with workshops on job readiness, career exploration, financial literacy and opportunities to continue education and social growth.


Thank you for your interest in the Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP). Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and out of concern for the health and safety of all New Yorkers,  we have made the difficult decision to not operate SYEP this summer. If you are interested in becoming a new worksite, information will be available early next year. If you are a current SYEP employer, we appreciate your understanding and look forward to the 2021 Summer Youth Employment Program.

Who Are Our Participants?

Our participants are motivated and talented NYC youth between the ages of 14 and 24 who are interested in pursuing careers in the private, nonprofit and governmental sectors.

Reasons To Hire SYEP Participants:

No Cost, Low Risk:

SYEP participants are paid directly by DYCD and will not add any extra cost to your organization’s payroll

Management Opportunities:

Hosting SYEP participants can allow for additional management opportunities to build your staff’s supervisory and mentoring skills

Fresh Perspectives:

Employers can tap into new ideas and fresh perspectives from young people.

Future Workforce:

SYEP participants are the future of the city’s workforce.

How Can Your Business Support the NYC Summer Youth Employment Program?

NOTE: New Worksite Requests are No Longer Being Accepted for 2019.