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Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP)

What Is SYEP?

Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) is the nation’s largest youth employment program, connecting NYC youth between the ages of 14 and 24 with career exploration opportunities and paid work experience each summer.

Participants have the opportunity to explore their interests and career pathways, develop workplace skills and engage in learning experiences that help in developing their social, civic and leadership skills.

By participating in structured project and work-based opportunities, NYC youth are better prepared for careers of the future.

IMPORTANT UPDATE 

Thank you for your interest in the Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP). Unfortunately, the uncertainty over how COVID-19 will continue to affect social distancing guidelines, worksite availability, and provider and site staffing as we head into late spring and summer makes it difficult to ensure that SYEP can be operated safely and efficiently. Effective immediately SYEP has been suspended for Summer 2020.

Special programming available for NYC youth through various service options:

  • NYC Teens ages 14—15 can participate in paid project-based activities which will help them explore different career opportunities
  • Young people ages 16—24 can apply for paid summer jobs in a variety of industries throughout NYC

What the Program Offers?

Who Can Apply?

SYEP is open to NYC youth who meet the following requirements*:

  • Must reside within the five boroughs of New York City
  • Be legally allowed to work in the United States

* Some service options have additional eligibility requirements.

What Service Option is Right for Me?

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SYEP Community Based

SYEP's Community Based option provides NYC youth between the ages of 14 and 21 with career exploration opportunities and paid work experience.

How to apply?
Please note effective immediately SYEP has been suspended for Summer 2020..

SYEP CareerREADY

SYEP's CareerREADY option provides students between the ages of 14 and 21 from select DOE schools with career exploration opportunities and paid work experience.

Additional Eligibility  Requirement:

How to apply?
Please contact your school today to learn more about the application process.

SYEP Emerging Leaders

SYEP's Emerging Leaders option provides NYC youth between the ages of 14 and 24 with employment barriers with career exploration opportunities and paid work experience.

Additional Eligibility  Requirement:

Must face at least one of the listed employment barriers below to qualify:

  • Homeless & Runaway (Residing in Shelters)
  • Justice/Court Involved
  • Foster Care
  • Receiving Preventive Services through ACS
How to apply?

Please contact one of the Community Based Organizations listed here to learn more about the application process.

SYEP Map to $uccess

SYEP's Map to $uccess option provides NYC youth between the ages of 14 and 24 from select NYCHA developments identified by the Mayor's Action Plan for Neighborhood Safety (MAP) with career exploration opportunities and paid work experience. 

Additional Eligibility  Requirement:

  • Must be a resident of one of the identified MAP developments.
How to apply?
Please contact one of the Community Based Organizations listed here to learn more about the application process. 

SYEP CareerFIRST

SYEP's CareerFIRST option provides NYC youth between the ages of 14 and 24 from select NYCHA developments with career exploration opportunities and paid work experience.

Additional Eligibility Requirement:

How to apply?
Please contact one of the Community Based Organizations listed here to learn more about the application process. 

SYEP Documents