You can get information about youth employment programs in New York City.

The Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) provides summer employment information, assistance, and referrals for City residents who are ages 14 through 24.

Applicants who are selected for SYEP are expected to work if they are ages 16 to 24 or be engaged in Project Based Learning Opportunities if they are ages 14 and 15, for 6 weeks from July 8 to August 17.

Applications are no longer being accepted. The deadline to apply was April 26, 2019. 

Selection Process

Applicants submitting a completed application to an authorized SYEP provider are placed into a pool for potential selection. The SYEP computer system will randomly select applications for enrollment.

The SYEP provider where you submitted your application will contact you if you have been selected through the lottery. The provider will also have a list of participants who are selected for a job at their intake site.

To check the status of an application, you can:

  • Visit the DYCD website at nyc.gov/syep and follow the instructions.
  • Contact the authorized SYEP provider where you submitted your application.

Wages

Participants ages 16 to 24 will be paid $15 per hour and can work for up to 25 hours per week. 

Participants ages 14 and 15 will be engaged in Project-Based Learning Opportunities with activities that will take place for 15 hours a week. Participants ages 14 and 15 will receive a $700 stipend based on their attendance and participation.

Working Papers

Applicants who are between the ages of 16 to 18 as of July 8, 2019, must obtain their working papers before they begin to work. Applicants who are between the ages of 14 to 15 as of July 8, 2019 do not need to obtain working papers, as they will be engaged in Project-Based Learning activities.

You can get working papers through any public high school in the City or the Department of Education's District Family Advocate's office. If you are currently not attending school, visit your local public high school or Family Advocate's Office, or call the Department of Education at (718) 935‐2000.

If you are 18 or older as of July 8, 2019, you do not need working papers.

Online

Get information about SYEP.

Contact Youth Connect, a free and confidential helpline for young people.

In Person

In person, by bringing your completed paper application to a community-based organization authorized by the City to operate the program. A list of these organizations may be found on the last two pages of the application. Do not mail your completed application.

By Phone

  • Agency: Department of Youth and Community Development
  • Division: Youth Connect
  • Phone Number: (800) 246-4646
  • Business Hours: Monday - Friday: 9 AM - 5 PM

The Work, Learn and Grow Employment Program provides career readiness training and paid employment opportunities for Summer Youth Employment Program participants between the ages of 16 and 21.

The deadline for submitting applications for the 2018-2019 program was September 21, 2018.

Applications for the 2019-2020 program may be available in early September, 2019.

You can also get details about the program online or by phone.

Online

Learn more about Work, Learn and Grow.

By Phone

  • Agency: Department of Youth and Community Development
  • Division: Youth Connect
  • Phone Number: (800) 246-4646
  • Business Hours: Monday - Friday: 9 AM - 5 PM