If you are a New York City resident, between the ages of 14 – 24, and looking for a job opportunity during the summer break (July and August), search no further! The Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) at LaGuardia Community College has impacted the lives and work paths of thousands of youth across New York City for the past 25+ years.
Sponsored by the NYC Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD), SYEP provides six weeks of paid work experience in either the private or public sector and much more.
The LaGuardia SYEP experience offers:
SYEP 2021 applications closed on April 30, 2021. However, if you are eligible for our SYEP Emerging Leaders Program, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
SYEP CareerREADY Program
The SYEP CareerREADY Program strengthens connections between academic learning and career exploration through NYC public high schools and SYEP Providers working collaboratively to implement both school year and summer
program components. When our youth succeed, we succeed.
This year we welcome Chelsea Career and Technical Education High School to the LaGuardia SYEP community.
Chelsea CTE High School students, join us for an exciting summer of college exploration as well as work readiness training, paid internships, and engaging Project Based Learning!
To be eligible for the LaGuardia SYEP CareerReady Program you must meet the following requirements:
About Our SYEP CareerREADY Partner
For more information regarding the SYEP CareerReady Program with Chelsea CTE High School, please contact email@example.com.
SYEP Emerging Leaders Program
The SYEP Emerging Leaders Program focuses on creating pathways for youth experiencing particular barriers, such as being Homeless & Runaway (Residing in Shelters), Justice/Court Involved, Foster Care, or Receiving
Preventive Services through ACS, or HRA cases. The SYEP Emerging Leaders Program does the work of SYEP based on agency partnerships that help youth to navigate life's challenges and empower them through a project/work-based
lens. Emerging Leaders must be referred by the Employment Specialist, Caseworker or other staff at their Foster Care agency, Preventive Services, HRA, DOE, DHS funded shelter, Probation Officer or NYPD Youth Community
Officer so we can partner with those agencies to ensure success.
For more information regarding the SYEP Emerging Leaders Program, please contact
Work, Learn & Grow
The Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) at LaGuardia Community College partners with many employers throughout New York City, giving youth a chance to gain work experience and businesses an opportunity to expand their
staff at no cost to them. SYEP participant wages are paid in full by the City of New York, so there is no cost to the hosting employer. Our program’s success is due largely to our powerful partnerships and networks, which
are committed to supporting youth across New York City. We are continuously looking for new partners to help us enrich the lives of our diverse youth population. As an SYEP worksite, you can play an important role in the
city’s economic recovery while gaining access to hyperlocal NYC talent and the workforce of tomorrow.
Please see below for important information on this summer’s program.
We would be happy to connect and share more about how you can become a SYEP worksite. Click here
to send a message to our team!
Executive Director, Youth Initiatives
Assistant Director, SYEP /
Executive Associate, Business Services - ACE
Program Manager, Education
Program Manager, Enrollment and Payroll
Senior Program Coordinator
Senior Project Coordinator, CareerReady
Education Specialist, Emerging Leaders
Education Specialist Assistant
SYEP (All SYEP participant and work partner inquiries): firstname.lastname@example.org
SYEP CareerReady Chelsea Career and Technical Education High School ONLY: email@example.com
SYEP Emerging Leaders ONLY: firstname.lastname@example.org
To be considered for SYEP, you must:
For Summer 2021, LaGuardia SYEP is serving 3 populations – Community Based Youth (General), CareerReady from Chelsea CTE High School, and Emerging Leaders. You apply according to your population. Applications will close April 30, 2021.
Community Based Youth (all youth across New York City) – https://application.nycsyep.com/
SYEP CareerReady from Chelsea CTE HS – https://syepappinitiatives.yepsonline.org/CareerReady.aspx
SYEP Emerging Leaders (Agency-referred youth with unique situations) – https://syepappinitiatives.yepsonline.org/VY.aspx
Younger Youth (14-15) can earn a stipend that totals $700.00 for the summer. Younger Youth must complete at least 12.5 hours per week of their Project Based Learning curriculum to receive their full weekly pay.
Older Youth (16-21) will earn the minimum wage rate of $15.00 per hour, for a total of $2250.00 for the summer. Older Youth can work a maximum of 25 hours per week to receive their full weekly pay.
Participants are paid weekly via a debit card or with Direct Deposit to a bank account of their choice.
No. Only the first application submitted will be accepted. Submitting multiple applications may prevent you from consideration in the program.
The program will have 2 start dates and 2 end dates:
Cohort A begins on July 6, 2021 and ends on August 14, 2021.
Cohort B begins on July 12, 2021 and ends on August 21, 2021.
The duration of the program is 6 weeks.
The last day to apply for SYEP is April 30, 2021.
As a 14-15-year-old youth, you will participate in a paid project based learning experience that will provide enriching career exploration, emphasize work readiness, help foster leadership, and develop numerous skills. Activities will take place for 12.5 hours a week for six weeks in July and August, and you will receive up to a $700 stipend based on your attendance and participation.
SYEP for Younger Youth is 12.5 hours a week for six weeks, from July 6 to August 14 or July 12 to August 21.
Check the application for a list of required documents including but not limited to a picture ID, proof of age and address. If you are 16 – 17 years old, you will need working papers. Males over 18 must provide proof of Selective Service registration.
As a 16-21-year-old youth, you will participate in a work based experience that will match your interests and provide enriching career exploration, help foster leadership, include networking, and develop numerous skills. You will earn the New York State minimum wage of $15.00 an hour and may work up to 25 hours per week for six weeks in July and August.
SYEP for Older Youth is 25 hours a week for six weeks from July 6 to August 14 or July 12 to August 21.
Jobs may be in-person, remote or a hybrid of both. Some examples of industry sectors that have hosted SYEP participants are Educational Services, Hospitality, Information Technology, Financial Services and Childcare.
No. The NYC Department of Youth & Community Development does not require a fee for applying to SYEP, and no one is allowed to charge a fee for participation or application entry. During the summer, you will be responsible for your own transportation to and from work as well as your own meals. These are the only out-of-pocket costs that you should incur while working for SYEP.
The SYEP CareerREADY Program was created to provide enhanced opportunities for youth to explore career options and develop work readiness skills. Designed to strengthen connections between academic learning and career exploration, select NYC public high schools and SYEP Providers work collaboratively to implement both school year and summer program components that focus on work readiness content related to career interests.
Our 2021 CareerReady partner is Chelsea Career and Technical Education High School. You can check this website to see if your high school participates with another agency: Learn More About 2021 SYEP CareerReady and Its Providers
All Chelsea CTE High School students who fit the following criteria are eligible to participate in LaGuardia’s SYEP CareerReady Program:
Click here to apply. You may also get an application from Chelsea CTE High School as well as LaGuardia Community College, the SYEP provider. This application requires a pin number that can be obtained from Ms. Thomas or Mr. Watson at LaGuardia.
Your application guarantees your acceptance if you are a student of Chelsea CTE High School, you meet the eligibility requirements, and submit the proper documents for the program.
Chelsea CTE High School students need to have the following documents:
For more information on the SYEP CareerReady Program with Chelsea CTE High School ONLY, please contact email@example.com.
The SYEP Emerging Leaders Program does the work of SYEP based on agency partnerships that help youth to navigate life's challenges and empower them through a project /work-based lens.
The SYEP Emerging Leaders Program focuses on creating pathways for youth experiencing particular barriers such as being Homeless & Runaway (Residing in Shelters), Justice/Court Involved, Foster Care, or Receiving Preventive Services through ACS. Participants are referred by related agencies.
Emerging Leaders must be referred by the Employment Specialist, Caseworker or other staff at their Foster Care agency, Preventive Services, HRA, DOE, DHS funded shelter, Probation Officer or NYPD Youth Community Officer.
For more information on the SYEP Emerging Leaders Program ONLY, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.