The Erie County Department of Social Services, along with its community partners, administered the Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) in summer 2020, adhering with proper social distancing guidelines in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Erie County offers the SYEP in partnership with local agencies. The SYEP community agencies connects the youth with the worksite providers, who will provide youth with a meaningful work experience this summer.
SYEP in Erie County has operated in serving youth between the ages of 14 and 20 years of age. Youth work in the community at worksites known as SYEP providers. Participants work in entry-level jobs in a variety of industries, including:
- Arts and Recreation
- Community Service
- Day Care
- Educational Services
- Financial Services
- Food Service
- Health Care/Medical
- Information Technology
- Legal Services
- Marketing/Public Relations
- Real Estate
SYEP also provides workshops on job readiness, career exploration, financial literacy, and educational and skills training opportunities.
Programs are located in community based organizations/businesses throughout Erie County.
Youth Program Requirements include:
- Erie County resident
- Completing required items that are listed on the Youth page.
- Ages 14-20
- Must meet income eligibility guidelines, which are coming soon.
Program Implications: Income earned from the SYEP affects benefits as follows:
- TA - (SYEP participant is a TA household member) - the SYEP income is not budgeted; (SYEP participant is a TA head of household) - the SYEP income must be reported timely and would be budgeted.
- SNAP - (SYEP participant is a SNAP household member) - for youth ages 18-20, the SYEP income must be disclosed at the next case re-certification. The SYEP income is exempt until the month after the individual turns 18; (SYEP participant is a SNAP head of household) - the SYEP income must be reported timely and would be budgeted.
- Medicaid - (SYEP participant is a MA household member) - the SYEP income is not budgeted; (SYEP participant is a MA head of household) - the SYEP income would not be budgeted under Medicaid MAGI rules.
- Child Care Assistance - (SYEP participant is a household member but not included in the Child Care Service Unit Case) - the SYEP income is not budgeted; (SYEP participant is a parent of a child in the Child Care Service Unit) - the SYEP income must be reported timely and would be budgeted.