Modified: April 23, 2019 2:10pm

Latest News

  • County Executive works with Legislature Democratic Majority to provide an additional $600,000 in funding for specific road, community development projects in Buffalo, Lackawanna, Tonawanda


    $1.2 million secured for anti-poverty initiatives; $600,000 in funding for body cameras for EC Sheriff’s Office, additional anti-opioid and Lead Hazard Reduction funding included


    Economic Development, Cultural Funding Protected for work at Angola Agribusiness Park, Albright Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens

    May 23, 2019 4:10pm
  • Today, Erie County Executive Mark C.

    May 23, 2019 12:05pm
  • First time this training has been offered in EC; EC Office for Public Advocacy,

    Town of Cheektowaga PD join ECCPS in collaborative effort

    May 23, 2019 10:20am
  • May is Foster Care Month; Poloncarz, Cannon Join with Foster Care Agencies to Raise Awareness on Need for Foster Families, Recognize Work of Foster Care Advocates  

    May 21, 2019 2:25pm
  • Holocaust survivor and family escaped Nazis; he enlisted in U.S. Army, returned to Europe, was awarded the Bronze Star after seeing combat in the Battle of the Bulge, participating in liberation of Buchenwald concentration camp  


    Now retired from career in the hospitality industry, Lewy is an author and speaker, presenting to University Express classes and local schoolchildren on the consequences of hatred


    May 20, 2019 3:51pm

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The Erie County Department of Social Services is currently recruiting organizations and businesses throughout Erie County to participate in the 2019 Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP). The SYEP is an important platform to introduce youth 14 through 20 years of age to the workforce. The program and its ancillary training opportunities help participants acquire skills to improve school performance and expand educational and career goals.


A variety of worksites is critical to the success of the Summer Youth Employment Program. The SYEP program operates for eight weeks from July 8, 2019 through August 30, 2019. Youth participants accepted into the program work 16 hours per week at an assigned organization or business. Every Friday the youth participate in an educational component provided by the SYEP community agency. Educational component topics include job readiness, career exploration, financial literacy, life-skills development, and continuing education, and social growth.


“Work experience and work readiness training are essential to all Erie County youth. We at the Department of Social Services are pleased to offer Erie County organizations and businesses the opportunity to engage with the workforce of the future,” said Department of Social Services Commissioner Marie Cannon. “We greatly value our relationships with the organizations and businesses hosting our youth participants and we enjoy hearing success stories of growth and development on both sides of the relationship.”


Wages received by youth participants are paid directly by each SYEP community agency to the youth participant. Youth participants are covered under the SYEP’s liability insurance policy and Workers’ Compensation. Youth are expected to meet the same work routine expectations as regular employees regarding attendance, breaks, attire, job expectations and behavior.


Employers interested in hosting a youth this summer at your organization/business please contact Andrea DeRousseau of the Erie County Department of Social Services Employment Division by calling (716) 858-1348, by emailing or by visiting .


For more information:


On the Department of Social Services, visit   


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