Youth Workforce Programs

Commonpoint Queens has career readiness training and paid employment opportunities to help youth enter the workforce including career exploration, financial literacy and resume/cover letter assistance

The 2021 SYEP Application Deadline was April 30. Applications are now closed.


Applicants must be between the ages of 14-21 as of July 6th living in the 5 boroughs of NYC (proof will be required if selected)

   What Can I Do This Summer?
         Youth Aged 14-15 will participate in in PAID Project Based

 Learning which will help them explore different career opportunities.

        Youth aged 16-21 can obtain PAID Summer Internships in a
variety of industries throughout the community.

Towards the end of the application, please choose ——>Samuel Field YM & YWHA Inc.<—— as your provider!


The email address you enter and apply with is the email address we will use to notify you if you are selected by the lottery once that process begins in late April.***

Email us at [email protected] with any questions or concerns you may have.

The Summer Youth Employment (SYEP) is a New York City employment program connecting youth between the ages of 14-21 with career exploration opportunities and paid work experience.


Traditionally a 6 week program that runs between July and August every summer, SYEP participants have an 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.


Program components have historically included:
  • Work-Readiness training
  • Project-Based learning
  • Financial Literacy Training
  • Paid Summer Work Experiences
In order to be eligible, applicants must reside within the five boroughs of New York City and be legally allowed to work in the United States.
The SYEP application is usually released in early March and we look forward to sharing more information as soon as we have it!


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Who is Eligible to apply?

  • Young people ages 14 to 21

  • Must be a resident of 1 of the 5 NYC boroughs

  • Legally allowed to work in the US

How much will I get paid?

Younger youth participants (aged 14-15) will receive up to a $700 stipend. Older youth participants (aged 16-21) will receive up to a $1,000 stipend. This is all based on attendance and participation in the program.

If selected, how can I submit enrollment documents? Do I still have to visit my provider in-person? 

You will submit your documents online to your provider. You will not submit documents in-person.

What documents do I need to submit to successfully enroll in the program? 

When you apply, you can check for a list of required documents including but not limited to a picture ID, proof of age and address.

For more information, please email [email protected]

Thank you to everyone who advocated for the restoration of funding for these programs through the #FundYouthNYC campaign! We hope you will watch the following video from past SYEP and Ladders for Leaders participants speaking on what these programs mean to them.

Thanks to a $30,000 donation from Cord Meyer Development, Commonpoint Queens was able to place 12 interns for summer 2020.

You can help us place more interns with your support!

Thanks to QNS for their coverage at

Our typical Youth Workforce Program Offerings include:

Work, Learn & Grow Employment Program (WLG)

The Work, Learn & Grow Employment Program (WL&G) is a New York City Council funded initiative designed to build on the experiences gained in S.Y.E.P. WL&G provides previous participants of S.Y.E.P. and L4L programs who are between the ages of 16–21 and currently in school with career readiness training and paid employment opportunities for up to twenty-five weeks from October to April.

WL&G training will focus on such topics as career exploration, financial literacy, conflict resolution, resume/cover letter development and opportunities to continue education and social growth. For more information contact Adam Fier, WLG/SYEP Program Director at (718) 286-8121 or [email protected].

Ladders for Leaders (L4L)

Ladders for Leaders provides paid internships to NYC youth between the ages of 16–21. Applicants are evaluated based on academic performance, response to an essay question, and resume quality. Selected applicants will undertake 20-30 hours of pre-employment training designed to teach essential workplace readiness skills and professional etiquette. Participants will then have the opportunity to interview for summer internships at a variety of companies. Last summer’s employer partners included Morgan Stanley, Barclay’s Center, AOL, Bank of America and Spotify Music just to name a few. Partners will make final selections for the summer paid internship. Talented individuals with demonstrated leadership experience who possess a genuine desire to gain professional experience should apply online and complete the application for NYC Ladders for Leaders with the Commonpoint Queens. For more information contact Albina Baazov, LMSW, Ladders for Leaders Program Director at (718) 268-5011 ext. 111 or [email protected]

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

Through the generosity and sponsorship of the NYC Department of Youth & Community Development, Commonpoint Queens is now an S.Y.E.P. provider for youth between the ages of 14–21. S.Y.E.P. provides workshops on job readiness, career exploration, financial literacy and opportunities to continue educational and social growth.

Participants have the opportunity to obtain a paid summer internship for up to six weeks through July and August. Last year summer internships took place at:

  • Government Agencies
  • Non-Profits
  • Retail Stores
  • Small businesses
  • Farms
  • Financial Institutions
  • Hospitals
  • Museums
  • Summer camps
  • Multimedia Companies
  • And many more!

For more information contact Adam Fier, WLG/SYEP Program Director at (718) 286-8121 or [email protected].

S.Y.E.P. Summer Youth Employment Program Special Initiative Program

The Summer Youth Employment Program Special Initiative Program – Emerging Leaders (SYEP-EL) is part of the nation’s largest youth employment program, connecting New York City youth between the ages of 14 and 24 with career exploration opportunities and paid work experience for six weeks throughout the summer.

To apply for Emerging Leaders SYEP you must be between the ages of 14 and 24 and in one of the following categories:

  • In or aging out of Foster Care

  • Who are Runaways

  • Who are homeless living in/out of a shelter

  • Who are Justice/Court Involved

  • Receiving ACS Preventative Services

  • Who are receiving Cash Assistance from HRA and are referred through the Business Link from a caseworker

For more information please click here, or contact Samentha Jean-Charles at [email protected]

CUNY Hillel Career Connect Initiative

The CUNY Hillel Career Services Initiative provides on-site career and graduate school guidance at Hunter College Hillel, Hillel at Baruch College, Hillel at the College of Staten Island, and Hillel at Queens College. Through the initiative, CUNY Hillel students receive individualized, one-on-one career guidance, group workshops on career exploration and job search topics, and large networking and career exploration events, held in partnership with UJA-Federation of New York’s Emerging Leaders and Philanthropists.

For more information please contact Karen Klein, Director of Career Development, at (718) 268-5011 ext. 170 or [email protected].

This program is made possible through the support of UJA-Federation of New York’s Caring Commission.