Paid summer experiences for youth

Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) | NYC Department of Youth & Community Development

Work Teen Young Adult

Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) connects NYC youth 14 – 24 years old with career exploration opportunities and paid work experience each summer.

  • SYEP is now accepting applications for this summer. Apply online.
  • The deadline to submit applications is April 23, 2021.
  • Selection is based on a lottery.
  • Apply online or get help from a community-based organization during the application period.
  • Work is available for youth with disabilities.

Who is eligible

You may be eligible if you can answer yes to these questions.

  • Do you live in NYC?
  • Are you between 14 and 24 years old?

What you need to apply

If selected for work, the following documents will need to be provided:

  • Proof of identity
  • Proof of address
  • Proof of income
  • Eligibility to work (working papers)

Youth can get their working papers from their school.

How to apply

  • Apply to SYEP online during the application period. The application for SYEP will only be available during that time.
  • Youth can contact SYEP Providers for 14-15 year olds or 16-21 year olds via phone for application assistance.
  • Participants are selected by lottery for the program.

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Updated March 26, 2021