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The Erie County Department of Social Services is pleased to announce the 2019 Erie County Summer Youth Program (SYEP). The program operates from July 8, 2019 through August 30, 2019. You are invited to participate!


If your family receives Temporary Assistance (Family Assistance/Safety Net), Medicaid, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) benefits; or if the child receives Supplemental Security Income (SSI), your child is income-qualified for the program. Applicants who do not receive the aforementioned benefits must verify that their household income is less than 200 percent of the federal poverty level.


Erie County encourages the participation of children in foster care or juvenile justice systems, homeless and runaway youth, and youth with disabilities. Applicants must be between the ages of 14 and 20 years old as of July 8, 2019. Youth accepted into the program participate 20 hours per week and earn minimum wage ($11.10 per hour). 


The following is a list of documents that are required to determine program eligibility; applications are considered complete when all required documents are received:


Please complete all of the required forms and submit the entire packet to:

Erie County Social Services, Comprehensive Employment Division, 290 Main Street - 10th Floor, Buffalo, NY 14202.     If you have any questions or need assistance in completing the forms, please call (716) 858-4584.   
The deadline for submitting an application is Wednesday, May 15, 2019. 

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