Summer Youth Employment
The Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) is an important resource for our City’s youth. In 2017, Council Member Williams and his colleagues in City Council, successfully advocated for increased funding for the youth employment programs.
With a historic increase to 70,000 jobs – the most the current structure could hold – more young people will have the opportunity to take part in constructive work this summer. All of the research shows that employing young people means stronger families, crime reductions, and literally, young people remaining alive.
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BROOKLYN— New York City Council Member Jumaane Williams not only remembers his first job as a newspaper delivery boy but also has valuable lessons that remain with him to this day.
“It helps you to figure out, you have to get somewhere on time,” Williams said. “You have to understand how social centers work within a job setting, responsibility, you help with budgeting, there are so many essential skills that we need in life that come from that first job so much that people don’t forget their first job.”
The city’s Summer Youth Employment Program turned away so many hopefuls because of a dearth of spots, according to the Community Service Society, which makes its case for expansion in a new report. It is being joined in the effort by Councilman Jumaane Williams, D-Brooklyn.