Agenda, Scope, and Goals
New York City’s Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) is operated by community-based nonprofit organizations that are funded and overseen by New York City’s Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD). SYEP offers youth ages 14 to 24 a combination of real-world work experience and life skills training workshops focusing on job readiness and academic success skills. SYEP provides opportunities for youth to work, earn income, gain important job readiness skills, build financial literacy, connect with adult mentors, and increase their knowledge of education and career options. The program primarily serves low-income youth.
By rigorously studying SYEP, MDRC is assessing the impact that programs of this type have on young people’s academic and adult labor market outcomes. This two-year project began October 1, 2014, and ends September 30, 2016.