We connect NYC youth between the ages of 16 and 21 in subsidized minimum-wage jobs, helping them gain valuable work experience and much-needed income.
The program also helps youth develop important professional skills, such as critical thinking, communication, work-place etiquette, financial responsibility and time management. Job placements are in government agencies, private non-profits and for- profits in a range of positions, including camp counselors, clerical, custodial, hospital/recreational aides, and teachers’ aides/library assistants. In addition, youth aged 14-15 have the opportunity to participate in service learning projects which are stipend funded.
In 2018 CAMBA served 1,424 youth who collectively worked 202,200 hours and earned $2,628,600.
Financial literacy workshops are offered to all SYEP participants with 100% course completion. The financial literacy training teaches youth how to effectively save for future goals, and what steps are needed to reach that goal over the summer months. Participants are able to create online accounts to keep track of their saving goals. The project uses text message communication to enroll participants, keep them on track to meet their saving goals, disseminate consumer information on predatory lenders and how to avoid credit card debt, and advice on avoiding pitfalls that will affect credit. The project covers topics such as opening a bank account, writing a check, assessing a credit report, and creating a spending plan. At the end of the project, participants have made a financial portfolio which includes a personal budget, an expenditure sheet, and savings and investment plan that speaks to their future career and life goals. They are ready to earn, save and responsibly spend.
While the SYEP program provides great benefits and learning for these young people, they in turn, bring energy and inquisitiveness to the workplace. Staff are engaged in the mentoring process, sharing their knowledge and insight into their respective market sectors.
Program participants are randomly selected through a lottery system used by the NYC Department of Youth and Community Development. Application deadline is typically in March. For further information visit NYC.gov/dycd
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Brooklyn, NY 11226