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The Erie County Department of Social Services is pleased to announce the 2024 Erie County Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP). 

The SYEP is an important platform to introduce youth into the workforce and help them acquire skills that can be used to improve school performance and help expand education and career goals. 

The SYEP is an eight-week program, serving youth between the ages of 14 and 20 years old. Youth participants accepted into the program will work and participate in mandatory educational activities for 20 hours per week, July 8, 2024 through August 30, 2024 at an assigned worksite. 

The Buffalo Urban League and Catholic Charities are the program operators; connecting youth with the worksites to give youth an opportunity to gain a meaningful work experience during the summer. Worksites are located in community based organizations/businesses throughout Erie County. 

Participants work in a variety of occupational sectors, including:

  • Arts and Recreation
  • Camp
  • Child Care
  • Community/Social Service
  • Educational Services
  • Financial Services
  • Food Service
  • Governmental Agency
  • Health Care/Medical
  • Hospitality/Tourism
  • Information Technology
  • Legal Services
  • Property Maintenance/Custodial
  • Manufacturing
  • Marketing/Public Relations
  • Media/Entertainment
  • Retail
  • Transportation

SYEP also provides workshops on job readiness, career exploration, financial literacy, and educational and skills training opportunities.

Program slots are limited and placement in the program is not guaranteed. Placement will be based on youth circumstances and household income. 

The deadline for applying is Friday, May 31, 2024. 

The Erie County Summer Youth Employment Program is committed to diversity, inclusion and equal opportunity. It is our policy to provide equal employment opportunity in every aspect of employment to all youth without regard to age, race, creed, color, national origin, sexual orientation, military status, sex, disability, predisposing genetic characteristics, marital status or domestic violence victim's status and other basis protected by New York State and Federal Laws. 

Please be advised that this program is contingent upon availability of NYS funds appropriated for SYEP.