Erie County Legislator Kevin Hardwick 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.
“The county’s Summer Youth Employment Program provides youths with valuable work experience and so much more as they continue to grow and develop. In order for this program to be a success, the county is looking for local businesses that can serve as worksite providers and mentor the young people involved in SYEP. I encourage any local business who is interested to learn more and apply,” said Legislator Kevin Hardwick.
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.