Summer Youth Employment Program (S.Y.E.P.)

Teens (Age 13-17), Young Adults (Ages 16-24)
Central Queens, John Bowne High School
Two women participating in the S.Y.E.P. - Summer Youth Employment Program, standing in front of a counter with balloons.


The Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) is the nation’s largest youth employment program, connecting NYC youth between the ages of 14 and 24 with career exploration opportunities and paid work experience each summer.

Participants have the opportunity to explore their interests and career pathways, develop workplace skills and engage in learning experiences that help in developing their social, civic and leadership skills.

The 2024 SYEP applications are now closed – thank you to everyone who applied.

For provider please select Commonpoint Queens (formerly Samuel Field Y)

If you are interested in learning more about any of our Youth Employment programs, please complete this form!

Who Are We?

We are Commonpoint Queens, a Non-Profit organization that is better known to you as Samuel Field YM&YWHA, Inc. when you apply for these programs. We are a PROVIDER of the Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP). We partner with the Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD)  who serve as our program funder. In addition to partnering with hundreds of worksites, Hats & Ladders is an online platform that offers work readiness training and other program content. 

Where Can I Work?

For our older youth (16-24 years old), we are very proud to offer exciting internship opportunities in a variety of employment fields. These include, but are not limited to clerical, custodial, retail, healthcare, financial, legal, political, environmental, recreational and child care. Here are some examples of worksite partners we have*:

  • The Bronx Zoo
  • Edible Arrangements
  • Five Towns Mini Golf & Batting Range
  • Hyatt Place Hotel
  • Kumon Math & Reading Centers
  • Laser Bounce
  • Museum of the Moving Image
  • NYC Parks Department
  • NYS Department of Motor Vehicles
  • New York Hall of Science
  • Queens Botanical Garden
  • Queens County Farm
  • Walgreens Pharmacy

What Will I Do If I’m 14 or 15 Years Old?

Learn about career opportunities and make a difference in the community through paid, Project- Based Learning (PBL) classes. These interactive sessions are led by an experienced professional and culminate with the presentation of a collaboratively designed final project showcasing the knowledge and skills acquired over the course of the 6 week experience. Past course offerings include:

  • Youth Advocacy
  • Business 101
  • Shark Tank Entrepreneurship
  • Our World, Our Future Environmental Justice
  • How We Communicate
  • My New York
  • Visual Storytelling
  • The Immigration Experience

Community Based S.Y.E.P. is open to any youth between the ages of 14 and 21, as of the program start date, who can prove New York City residency. Selection is handled through a random lottery process, with no priority or preference given to any applicant.

Click here to apply

For more information contact Adam Fier, Director, SYEP Initiatives, at (718) 286-8121 or

Career Ready S.Y.E.P. is designed for active students between the ages of 14 and 21 who attend specific N.Y.C. Department of Education schools that our agency is partnered with. Those schools are:

  • Bayside High School
  • Benjamin N. Cardozo High School
  • Flushing High School/Veritas Academy
  • Forest Hills High School
  • Francis Lewis High School
  • John Bowne High School
  • Martin Van Buren High School
  • Newcomers High School
  • Pan American International High School
  • Queens Academy
  • Queens High School of Teaching
  • Richmond Hill High School

Program selection is recruitment based and there is no lottery. We work directly with school administrators to consider applicants for program enrollment. Though very similar to the Community Based model, Career Ready participants receive additional work-readiness training before their summer experience begins. The program is co-created by the school and our organization to reflect the school’s program focus and students’ career interests.

For more information contact David Baker, Director, Career Ready SYEP, at (718) 286-8121 or

Contact us:

Adam Fier
Director, SYEP Iniatives

David Baker
Director, Career Ready SYEP

For general questions, please email

This program is an initiative of the NYC Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD)

Frequently Asked Questions

As a 16-24 year old youth you will participate in a work based experience that will match your interests and provide enriching career exploration, help foster leadership, networking and develop numerous skills. 14-15 year olds will learn about career opportunities and make a difference in the community through paid, Project- Based Learning (PBL) classes. Youth will earn the New York State minimum wage of $15.00 an hour and may work up to 25 hours per week for six weeks in July and August.

To be eligible for SYEP, you must meet the following requirements:  

  • Between the ages of 14 and 24
  • Be a permanent resident of one of the five boroughs of New York City  
  • Be legally allowed to work in New York City

The link to submit your application is

The 2024 deadline is March 1, 2024.

Youth can be selected to the program via two options – through a lottery or direct recruitment by an SYEP provider to specialized programming. DYCD will conduct a lottery to select participants to the program. There will be more than one lottery to ensure that all seats in the program are filled. If you are selected by the lottery you will be contacted via the email address and/or phone number you provide in your application. You can check the status of your application by visiting the DYCD website (

SYEP is 25 hours a week for six weeks from July through August.

Participants will earn the New York State minimum wage of $16.00 an hour and may work up to 25 hours per week for six weeks in July and August. Participants are paid weekly with a debit card or with Direct Deposit to a bank account of their choice.

No. DYCD does not require a fee for applying to SYEP and no one is allowed to charge a fee for participation or application entry. During the summer, you will be responsible for your own transportation to and from work as well as your own meals. These are the only out-of-pocket costs that you should incur while working for SYEP.

No, only the first application submitted will be accepted. Submitting multiple applications may prevent you from consideration in the job.

It will depend on your school schedule and whether it can accommodate both your work placement schedule and school.

Internet access is required to participate in SYEP. Please let your provider know if you do not have an internet connected device including a smartphone, iPad, or computer.

No, once an application is submitted, a participant is required to remain with that provider.

A provider is the organization that collects your application, enrolls you and places you in your summer experience. Commonpoint Queens, formerly known as Samuel Field YM&YWHA, Inc. is a provider of the Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP). They handle recruitment, review required documents, enroll participants, facilitate orientation, develop worksites partnerships, and create PBL curriculum.

DYCD (Department of Youth and Community Development) is the NYC agency that funds the program and determines program policy/document guidelines. They fund all aspects of the program including participant pay, determines required participant documents,  and conduct program audit to ensure document compliance.

Career Ready is a version of SYEP that is exclusive to participating schools. Our participating schools are Pan American International High School, Richmond Hill High School, and John Bowne High School.

Payroll Commit is the formal processing of the previous week’s hours which happens every Tuesday over the summer, starting with week 2.

A Worksite Supervisor is the onsite “boss” or person you report to while at your worksite.

Did you know?

Our wide variety of programs are available throughout the New York City Metropolitan Area! Browse our list of facilities to learn more about our core locations and program sites.