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

April 7, 2020 – Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and out of concern for the health and safety of all New Yorkers, the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development has made the difficult decision to not operate the Summer Youth Employment Program SYEP (including school-based and special initiative programs) and Ladders for Leaders this summer. We look forward to your application when the program resumes, and will keep you posted with updates when they are available to us.



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!

Participants can apply for the Commonpoint Queens S.Y.E.P. Program online at or through Commonpoint Queens beginning in March 2020. For more information contact Adam Fier, WLG/SYEP Program Director at (718) 286-8121 or [email protected].

For Career Ready S.Y.E.P. information, you may also contact André A. Avalos, Career Ready SYEP Program Director at (347) 997-0760 or by emailing [email protected] or you can also click here to learn more.

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.