NeON Summer

NeON Summer


A six-week remote learning summer immersion program connecting New York City youth between the ages of 14 and 24 with paid learning opportunities designed to build skills to succeed in the workplace, strengthen community, and support young people and their families during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Facilitated by community-based providers who specialize in employment readiness, cultural enrichment, mentorship, educational opportunities, arts programming, and mental health/wellness services ---the program offers participants the opportunity to explore career interests, develop work-readiness skills, and express themselves creatively through learning experiences designed to strengthen social, civic, and leadership abilities.


NeON Summer is open to youth aged 14 to 24 years old:


All participants will be eligible to earn stipends for their participation.

Application Information

Update on NeON Summer Applications

As of July 10, application processing for all NeON Summer program tracks has been completed. Applicants who were selected for participation have already received an acceptance e-mail/registration link and/or a confirmation e-mail with a schedule assignment.

Program duration and stipend payments are determined based on your eligibility and the program track you applied for. Program tracks that began the week of July 6 require a time commitment of 72+ hours and participants can earn up to $1,200 in stipends. Programming beginning the week of July 13 has a duration of 36 hours and participants can earn up to $600 in stipends for their participation.

If you have not received an acceptance e-mail/registration link and/or a confirmation e-mail, your application was not selected for participation. You may be interested in applying for the Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) Summer Bridge 2020. The application period for Summer Bridge is open through July 15:

Thank you for your interest in NeON Summer.


For Youth Residing in NeON Neighborhoods and NYC Youth Connected to Probation:

  • Program dates: Monday, July 6 through Friday, August 14, 2020
    Application Deadline: June 15, 2020 (Application now closed)

For Youth Residing in COVID-19 “Hardest Hit” Communities:

  • Program dates: Monday, July 13 through Friday, August 21, 2020
    Application Opens: June 12, 2020 (Application now closed)

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Which application should I complete?

YOUTH RESIDING IN NeON NEIGHBORHOODS includes youth ages 14-24 living in one of the seven NeON Neighborhoods who are not on probation and not living with someone who is currently on probation.

YOUTH RESIDING IN “HARDEST-HIT” COVID-19 COMMUNITIES includes youth ages 14-24 living in one of the 27 “hardest-hit” COVID-19 community districts.

NYC PROBATION-CONNECTED YOUTH who are on probation supervision, intensive community monitoring or adjustment services ages 14-24 and living anywhere in New York City, as well as members of their household within the eligible age range.


For general questions and inquiries regarding the NeON Summer, please contact us.

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