Summer Youth Employment Program for Older Youth

The Y’s Summer Youth Employment Program for Older Youth (SYEP OY) is a New York City Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) program that connects New York City youth between the ages of 16–21 with career exploration opportunities and paid work experiences each summer.

Every year, the Y welcomes more than 700 youth to benefit from workforce development programs that offer hands-on exposure, paid internships, work experience, access to jobs skills training, and opportunities to develop social, civic, and leadership skills.

The goals and objectives of SYEP Older Youth are to:

  • Empower and prepare youth with money management (e.g., budgeting, opening a bank account).
  • Develop social skills including communication, critical thinking, and problem-solving.
  • Enable youth to acquire good work habits and develop employment-related skills.
  • Understand career pathways and make decisions in career advancement.
  • Build professional networks.

The SYEP Older Youth model a six-week career learning experience. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, some placements will occur in-person while others will be remote. Participants will have worksite monitors assigned to them to ensure they are provided with support throughout the summer and process their timesheets/timecards, evaluations, and surveys.

Stipends: The SYEP Older Youth participants will be paid $15 an hour for 25 hours a week.

Older Youth Provider PIN: WPA226267

Our Team

Natalie Villanueva
Summer Youth Employment Program Older Youth Director
212-569-6200 x239