SYEP is a 6-week employment program that serves youth ages 14-21. The goal of the program is to provide youth with summer employment and educational experiences that build on their individual strengths, talents and interests.


While SYEP is an employment program, participants also attend the following educational workshops: work readiness, financial literacy, career exploration resume and cover letter writing and civic engagement. These workshops offer vital information that will help participants during their 6 week experience and beyond. SYEP is a great program that offers opportunities to learn and earn.


The GRYC offers a variety of interesting jobs for youth ages 16- 21 in various employment sectors. SYEP participants work as camp counselors at day camps; clerical workers in hospitals, private businesses, law offices, schools, government agencies, senior citizen centers; neighborhood beautification aides at Queens Botanical Gardens and NYC Parks and Recreational facilities, community outreach assistants at senior citizen centers; teachers assistants at child care centers and school programs; sales and stock associates at neighborhood businesses and shopping malls. Our work sponsors provide nurturing work environments that support meaningful learning experiences for the SYEP participants.


SYEP participants ages 14 and 15:

  • Participate in Service Learning Projects 15 hours per week

  • Monday through Friday

  • Earn a stipend

Summer Youth

Employment Program


SYEP participants ages 16-21:

  • Work 25 hours

  • Monday through Friday

  • Earn the minimum wage

Youth ages 14-15 participate in a variety of 6-week service learning projects designed to teach academic and life skills in a classroom setting designed to help participants identify and solve real problems in their communities. These projects also foster opportunities for young people to reflect on and learn from experiences of service and active citizenship. Service learning builds character, encourages active citizenship, provides opportunities to learn and practice academic skills in writing, speaking, teamwork, critical thinking and decision making.


Past projects include: Environmental Justice, Health and Wellness, Civic Engagement, Business/Entrepreneurship and Technology. SYEP participants attend classes 3 days per week and earn a stipend for their participation.


Before SYEP kicks off in July, all enrolled participants must attend a mandatory eight hour orientation and workshop session. Participants learn about program policies, time and attendance procedures, and debit card usage. Workshops cover workplace readiness, financial literacy, career exploration, resume and cover letter writing, and civic engagement.  To be eligible to work, participants must attend all orientations and workshop sessions.


Interested youth must submit an application via the Department of Youth and Community Development's (DYCD) YEPS on-line lottery system or bring their completed and signed application to the GRYC. If the application is selected for enrollment, youth are notified by telephone and email of the dates to submit DYCD’s required support documents; which include but are not limited to: working papers, proof of address, social security card, valid school ID, NY State ID, proof of family income and if applicable, proof of selective service registration.


At the end of each summer participants summarize their overall work experience and year after year, the GRYC receives rave reviews!

Director: Beverly McBeth
Stay tuned for information about the release of the 2020 SYEP Application!
Ages Served: 14-21 years old