The Erie County Department of Social Services is pleased to announce the 2021 Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP). 

The SYEP is an important platform to introduce youth into the workforce and and help them acquire skills that can be used to improve school performance and help expand education and career goals. 

The SYEP is an eight-week program, serving youth betwen the ages of 14 and 20 years old. Youth participants accepted into the program participate 20 hours per week. Youth are paid through the SYEP community agency and compensated above the State minimum wage of $12.50 per hour.

The Buffalo Urban League and Catholic Charities are the program operators; connecting youth with the worksites to give youth an opportunity to gain a meaningful work experience during the summer. Worksites are located in community based organizations/businesses throughout Erie County. 

Participants work in a variety of occupational sectors, including:

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  • Arts and Recreation
  • Camp
  • Child Care
  • Community/Social Service
  • Educational Services
  • Financial Services
  • Food Service
  • Governmental Agency
  • Health Care/Medical
  • Hospitality/Tourism
  • Information Technology
  • Legal Services
  • Maintenance/Custodial
  • Manufacturing
  • Marketing/Public Relations
  • Media/Entertainment
  • Real Estate
  • Retail
  • Transportation

SYEP also provides workshops on job readiness, career exploration, financial literacy, and educational and skills training opportunities.

Program slots are limited and placement in the program is not guaranteed. Placement will be based on youth circumstances and household income. 

The deadline for applying is Friday, May 21, 2021.

The Erie County Summer Youth Employment Program is committed to diversity, inclusion and equal opportunity. It is our policy to provide equal employment opportunity in every aspect of employment to all youth without regard to age, race, creed, color, national origin, sexual orientation, military status, sex, disability, predisposing genetic characteristics, marital status or domestic violence victim's status and other basis protected by New York State and Federal Laws. 


Please be advised that this program is contingent upon availability of New York State funds appropriated for the SYEP.