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The Erie County Department of Social Services annually coordinates the Summer Youth Program (SYEP) in the summer months. ECDSS along with its community partners administered in summer 2020 the SYEP while adhering to proper social distancing guidelines in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. 


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. Youth accepted into the program participate 20 hours per week and earn minimum wage.


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


  • Completed TANF Youth Service Application
  • Pre-Employment Interest Questionnaire
  • Signed Consent for Release of Information Form
  • Youth ages 14-17 will need to bring their original Working Papers to the SYEP interview. Working paper applications can be obtained at school and must be submitted through the school Guidance Counselor.

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. 

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