NYCID Summer Youth Employment Program Older Youth Information

NYCID SYEP Contact Information:

Email Address: [email protected]

Telephone (you can text here also): (347)-378-9578

Automated Phone Message Number (you cannot speak to someone on this number): (405) 548-2251

Automated Text Message Number (you cannot speak to someone on this number): (929) 581-8698

Once You Have Been Enrolled- Orientations

Even after you have been enrolled in the SYEP program, it is important that you frequently check your email or texts for updates from NYCID on the SYEP Program. We will regularly send you information updates, but you can continue reading here for more information.

Once you have been enrolled, your next step is to complete orientation. Orientation consists of 3 parts:

1. Attending an Orientation with our organization, New York Center for Interpersonal Development (NYCID). These will be held online on a Zoom Webinar. The recording for Older Youth Orientations for 2024 is below for orientation.

Click here to view the recording for Older Youth Orientations

2. Completing Hats and Ladders Self Guided Orientation

    • You will be assigned 10 tasks to complete on Hats and Ladders. The Hats and Ladders platform will be open on April 3rd. We will send you instructions to your email on how to sign up and get started OR you can click here for the guide on how to sign up: Hats and Ladders Registration/Login Guide
    • You cannot access SYEP Hats and Ladders until you have been enrolled in SYEP. If you have just been enrolled, it may take 24-48 hours for Hats and Ladders to process your enrollment.
    • You can watch the video below for further instructions on getting started and completing your tasks. Note that your Hats and Ladders platform may look slightly different than what is displayed in the video.

3. The City of New York requires all employees to take a Sexual Harassment Prevention Training.

What Will I Be Doing This Summer?

If you are 16 years or older on July 1st, you will be placed at a worksite that NYCID has partnered with to provide you job for the summer.

Your schedule will be determined by where you are placed. You can work up to 25 hours a week. Your hourly rate is NYS Minimum wage which is currently at $16 per hour. The start date of the program is either July 1st or July 8th- but it is determined by your worksite. Your weekly schedule will also be determined by your worksite as well.

Where will I be working?

Throughout the year, NYCID partners with different organizations and businesses to have jobs available for youth within our workforce programs. For the Summer Youth Employment Program, you will be asked to apply to the jobs we have developed.

You will be able to apply to up to 3 jobs for SYEP. You will review the job description which includes the name of the business, the summary of what that business does, the requirements and responsibilities for the job, and the location and hours of operation.

After reviewing the job, if you are interested, you will apply to that job. You will be asked to give your contact information, a short summary of why you want to work at that business, and you will also be asked to rank that job as your first, second, or third choice.

IMPORTANT: If you did not finish your orientation requirements or did not submit all of your documents (listed above), then you will not be placed at a worksite and may be de-enrolled from the Summer Youth Employment Program.

After you apply to 3 jobs and rank each of them, NYCID will try to place you at one of your 3 choices.

  • If we are able to place you at your first choice, we will do so. If we cannot place you at your first choice, we will then try to place you at your second choice.
  • If we cannot place you at your second choice, then we will try to place you at your third choice.
  • If we cannot place you at any of your choices, we will do our best to place you at a job that is close to where you live and/or matches your career interests you listed on your application.

The reasons you may not be placed at your choices are:

  1. The position has already been filled with other applicant(s).
  2. You did not meet the requirements, which may include already having the skills necessary for the job, an age requirement, or some other requirement.
  3. You did not finish one or more of your orientation requirements.
  4. You did not submit all of your documents for the program such as selective service, working papers, or some other document.

You can apply to jobs listed here however as of today (April 23rd) we still have 2 months to go before the program begins in July. We will still be developing jobs as we approach the start of the program.

If you are ready to apply, please go to

After you are placed at a worksite, we will let you and your worksite know. Note that some worksites may still require an interview before you start working there. Depending on your worksite, you may also need to go through a background check or some other clearance (for example some child care sites require a background check in order to work with children).

Before the program begins, you will either receive a set schedule or you will have first day instructions from your worksite.

*Note: You may be de-enrolled from the program if you do not show up to work in the first week.

How will I be paid this summer?

There are only two methods of pay for SYEP. Your pay is based on how many hours you work which is approved by your supervisor at your assigned worksite.

  1. The default option is a prepaid debit card. This debit card will be mailed to the address listed on your SYEP application. It can be used in most places where cards are accepted, such as convenient stores and ATMS. It can also be used online. If you lose your card, it can take anywhere from 2-3 weeks to get a replacement.
  2. PREFERRED: Direct Deposit is the other payment option. If you have a bank account that accepts direct deposit, you can have your pay sent to your bank account on pay date. This is the preferred option because if you lose your own bank card, you can go back to your bank to get a new one or they can mail you a new card faster than option 1 above. However, you should not sign up for direct deposit with Cash App, Venmo, or other digital payment platforms. These are not considered traditional banks. Traditional banks have physical branches for in-person assistance, a larger network of ATMs for cash access, and often offer interest-bearing accounts. Additionally, they have an established reputation for security and reliability.

If you need to sign up for a bank account, you can click HERE to use Get Banked NYC which can help you find youth friendly banks.

If you are ready to sign up for direct deposit, you can click HERE for the direct deposit manual.

Pay Dates:

Pay Dates are on Friday’s. This is the pay schedule for 2024:

  1. July 12th (you will only be paid on this day if you started working on the week of July 1st)
  2. July 19th
  3. July 26th
  4. August 2nd
  5. August 9th
  6. August 16th (if you started working the week of July 1st, this is your last pay date).
  7. August 23rd (if you started working the week of July 8th or after, this is the last pay date).