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Employers interested in providing opportunities for youth placements through the SYEP complete a Worksite Application form. If approved, worksites will complete and sign a program agreement establishing expectations for the program, the youth and the worksite. Finally, worksite representatives will be encouraged to participate in the SYEP employment fair taking place June 9, 2018. 


Worksite personnel will attend a mandatory orientation before youth are placed for work. An orientation will be held May 18, 2018 from 10 a.m. to noon at Erie Community College- City Campus. The worksite must maintain a minimum ratio of 1 supervisor to 10 youth workers. Youth workers must not displace any current permanent employees.


During the orientation, the worksite representative will receive the contact information for the community agency, a worksite handbook, and other important program forms. SYEP strives to ensure the lines of communication are open to assist worksite representatives throughout the program.


The SYEP youth are paid through the SYEP community agency, not by the worksite provider. Youth may work up to 20 hours per week and are paid the New York State minimum wage ($10.40 per hour).


SYEP operates as an eight-week program between July 9 and August 31, 2018 serving youth between the ages of 14 and 20 years of age.


Worksite Applications must be completed by employers and returned by May 4, 2018 to:

Erie County Department of Social Services

Comprehensive Employment Division

290 Main St. - 10th Floor

Buffalo, NY 14202




For more information about how to become a SYEP worksite, call Workforce Development Specialist Donna Robb at (716) 858-4584 or e-mail her at Donna.Robb@erie.gov. Additional information can be found by visiting the SYEP home page


2018 Summer Youth Employment Program

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