Summer Youth Employment Program

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. Since March 13th, our program has been suspended as a result of COVID-19. 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 re-opened and extended through Wednesday, July 1 at 4 p.m. 

The 2020 LIGHT Program will run from run from July 20 – August 14th. Youth employees will work up to 20 hours per week, and must meet all eligibility and orientation requirements to participant. At the recommendation of health officials, in-person worksites will be limited, and most youth will have a virtual work experience. Applications will follow a first-come, first-served process, and registration does not guarantee a paid work experience. Click here to apply.

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 2020 online application instructions. You may use your phone, computer or tablet to complete the application. If you have further questions, contact 518 -438-1082 or syep@albanyny.gov


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. 

Contact Information
Bleecker Stadium
721 Clinton Avenue
Albany, NY 12206
(518) 438-1082
syep@albanyny.gov