Erie County Legislator Edward A. Rath announces that Erie County is seeking local businesses to participate in the Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP), coordinated through the Department of Social Services. Through this partnership, businesses provide work assignments and guidance to youths, who are paid through the agency that runs SYEP.
“Businesses from all industries are being sought for the 2017 Summer Youth Employment Program to serve as worksite providers. This is a great program to teach at-risk youth about job readiness, responsibility and the benefits of being part of a community. Any local businesses who think they might be interested are encouraged to check out the SYEP website,” said Legislator Edward Rath.
The SYEP community agency connects the youth with worksite providers. SYEP is a six-to-eight-week program operating in July and August, serving youth between the ages of 14 and 21 years of age. This program is at no cost to businesses, which are only asked to provide supervision and job assignments. Youth may work up to 20 hours per week and are paid the New York State minimum wage ($9.70 per hour).
The county is currently seeking local businesses who want to be a SYEP provider. For more information about how to become a SYEP worksite, please call 858-4584, email Donna.Robb@ erie.gov, or visit www.erie.gov/syep. The deadline is Friday, June 2.