Summer Youth Employment Program

2021 SYEP

The upcoming Summer Youth Employee Program (youth ages 14-18). Program registration will be open virtually from March 1 -31st, 2021 (link to be provided in late February). Below is some information to help youth get prepared:

  • Applicants must have up-to-date original working card from the City School District of Albany (ONLY) 
  • Copy of Social Security Card
  • Copy of Birth Certificate
  • Proof of Family Income (2021 guidelines to come)
  • State ID (if 18 years old)

More information to come. 

  1. Summer Youth Employment


    Physical Address
    Bleecker Stadium
    721 Clinton Ave.
    Albany, NY 12206

    Phone: 518-438-1082


On behalf of the City of Albany’s Summer Youth Employment Program (LIGHT), we hope that you and your family are healthy and safe during this unprecedented time. During this time, we have been working to re-create our program to be both enriching and safe. Today, we are happy to announce that registration has been opened starting Monday, March 1st through Friday, March 31st at 4 p.m. 

The 2021 LIGHT Program will run from run from July 12 – August 13. Youth employees will work up to 20 hours per week, and must meet all eligibility and orientation requirements to participant. In order to comply with the recommendations of health officials, LIGHT worksites will be a hybrid of virtual and in-person work experiences. Applications will follow a first-come, first-served process, and registration does not guarantee a paid work experience. 

The health and safety of our communities remains our top priority and we will continue to take all appropriate measures to help keep our youth, families and staff safe. Vacations and time-off will not be permitted. Youth who have been assigned summer school must ensure that their summer job does not conflict with their instruction and study time. Applications will now only be available online (link to application) should you have any questions review the 2021 online application instructions. You may use your phone, computer or tablet to complete the application. If you have further questions, contact us by phone 518 -438-1082 or by email.  

2021 Worksite Application.

The City of Albany's LIGHT (Learning, Initiative and Gaining Headway Together) Summer Youth Employment Program is designed to provide any young City of Albany resident, age 14-18, with a summer work experience.

The goals of the program are to:

  • Introduce and prepare youth for the world of work.
  • Help youth identify career interests and attain skills and good work habits.
  • Provide income to youth, which may also supplement family income.

LIGHT received a Livability Award from the U.S. Conference of Mayors for its Friday enrichment program, which includes a financial literacy workshop, a tour at UAlbany, a career exploration workshop, and a “Know Your Rights” program led by representatives from the Albany Police Department and the Center for Law and Justice. This “fifth day” of enrichment resulted from input from parents, participants and community leaders to make sure Albany’s youth are exposed to the broad opportunities that are available to them as they plan for their futures.

LIGHT strives to introduce and prepare youth for the world of work by helping them identify career interests and attain skills and good work habits. This is also a source of income for the participants.