Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP)

The Department of Youth and Community Development has partnered with the star of ABC’s “Shark Tank,” Daymond John. The entrepreneur who grew up in Hollis, Queens was an SYEP participant in the 1980’s.

The 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 including:

  • Government Agencies
  • Hospitals
  • Summer Camps
  • Non-Profits
  • Small Businesses
  • Law Firms
  • Museums
  • Sports Enterprises
  • Retail Organizations

SYEP also provides workshops on job readiness, career exploration, financial literacy and opportunities to continue education and social growth.

Programs are located in community-based organizations in all five boroughs of New York City. Youth can apply for the program online or at a community-based organization during the application period.  Participants are selected by lottery for the program.

Specialized programming for disabled, foster care, runaway/homeless and court-involved youth are also available.

The deadline to submit applications was 4/29/2016. 
No further applications are accepted.

Download the 2015 SYEP Annual Summary (in PDF)

How to become an SYEP Worksite:

The Department of Youth and Community Development is an equal opportunity employer/program.  Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

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