Summer Youth Employment Program!   SYEP 2017

Erie County offered Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) services in partnership with Buffalo Urban League and Catholic Charities. The SYEP community agency connects the youth with the worksite providers.


The SYEP season in Erie County wrapped up September 1, 2017, completing an eight-week program that began July 10,  serving youth between the ages of 14 and 20 years of age. Youth worked in the community at worksites known as SYEP providers. Participants worked in entry-level jobs in a variety of industries, including:

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  • Arts and Recreation
  • Community Service
  • Educational Services
  • Financial Services
  • Health Care/Medical
  • Hospitality/Tourism
  • Information Technology
  • Manufacturing
  • Marketing/Public Relations
  • Media/Entertainment
  • Real Estate/Property
  • Retail


SYEP also provided workshops on job readiness, career exploration, financial literacy, and opportunities to continue education and social growth.

Many programs were located in community based organizations throughout Erie County. 


Program enrollment took place April 7 - June 2, 2017. This year's summer program funding supported 724 youth working at a total of 124 worksites throughout Erie County. There had been 1,300 SYEP applicants initially. SYEP was conducted by ECDSS along with collaboration with community partners Buffalo Urban League and Catholic Charities. 


SYEP was a great success  and a tool for local youth moving forward in prospective work careers. As part of SYEP, eligible youth worked at least 20 hours per week in various entry level positions, earning the state-minimum wage of $9.70 per hour.


Program Requirements included: