$47 Million to Supplement New York SYEP, Build Summer Jobs for Disadvantaged Youth

J.M. Lesinski

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New York State Governor Kathy Hochul recently announced the allocation of roughly $47.1 million to the New York State Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP), building off the program last year, which gave an estimated 18,500 New York youths valuable work force experience.

"For so many young people, having a summer job is a rite of passage that helps them gain valuable skills and their first experiences in the workplace," Hochul stated of the funding. "The Summer Youth Employment Program provides invaluable experiences for young people from low-income households, teaching them responsibilities that can help them excel in careers later in life."

To be administered by the State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance, the SYEP aims to introduce youth from low-income families into entry-level positions at summer camps, parks, and other community-based organizations to develop skills applicable to the modern job market.

"I'm pleased that Governor Hochul is releasing this $47 million in funding for the Summer Youth Employment Program to communities across New York State that will support hiring nearly 20,000 youth from households facing great economic obstacles,” remarked New York State Senator and Social Services Chair Roxanne J. Persaud of the funding. “SYEP has helped tens of thousands of youth find a pathway out of poverty through meaningful employment and work readiness training in the public, private and non-profit sectors. SYEP funding is among my highest priorities, and I look forward to working with Governor Hochul to expand this wonderful opportunity to more youth each year."

By county, funding for this year includes: $661,304 for Albany county, $192,556 for Allegany county, $536,718 for Broome county, $273,371 for Cattaraugus county, $194,209 for Cayuga county, $417,968 for Chautauqua county, $217,780 for Chemung county, $146,216 for Chenango county, $214,206 for Clinton county, $112,518 for Columbia county, $151,263 for Cortland county, $124,708 for Delaware county, $535,230 for Dutchess county, $2,142,029 for Erie county, $79,874 for Essex county, $159,821 for Franklin county, $144,316 for Fulton county, $118,901 for Genesee county, $117,722 for Greene county, $12,079 for Hamilton county, $167,426 for Herkimer county, $311,645 for Jefferson county, $81,586 for Lewis county, $172,409 for Livingston county, $184,409 for Madison county, $1,806,333 for Monroe county, $142,084 for Montgomery county, $1,497,803 for Nassau county, $475,228 for Niagara county, $24,454,907 for the NYC metro area, $601,373 for Oneida county, $1,153,959 for Onondaga county, $213,855 for Ontario county, $841,523 for Orange county, $113,968 for Orleans county, $397,759 for Oswego county, $196,140 for Otsego county, $91,897 for Putnam county, $334,779 for Rensselaer county, $745,802 for Rockland county, $278,303 for Saratoga county, $304,720 for Schenectady county, $86,991 for Schoharie county, $48,871 for Schuyler county, $104,889 for Seneca county, $425,199 for St. Lawrence county, $263,573 for Steuben county, $1,906,794 for Suffolk county, $197,083 for Sullivan county, $120,623 for Tioga county, $402,199 for Tompkins county, $353,105 for Ulster county, $113,513 for Warren county, $144,977 for Washington county, $204,860 for Wayne county, $1,425,549 for Westchester county, $108,054 for Wyoming county, and $73,023 for Yates county.

"With this investment, we're ensuring our teens and young adults have equitable access to job opportunities, training, and workforce experience," Lieutenant Governor Delgado noted of the funding. "We must support historically underserved communities, provide resources for families statewide, and put our kids on the path to success."

In order to qualify for the 2023 SYEP, applicants must be between 14-20 years old and be in a household below 200% of the federal poverty level. Unfortunately, the program application period for New York City has already been closed.

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I have worked as a professional journalist for over five years now, covering the arts, music, food, politics, and culture up and down both coasts of the United States. I have a B.A. in English from SUNY Fredonia with minors in Psychology and Creative Writing, as well as an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from California State University, Fresno.

Buffalo, NY

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