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The City of Albany Department of Youth and Workforce Services Announces Albany’s LIGHT Summer Youth Employment Program Registration Dates

March 06, 2020

The City of Albany Department of Youth and Workforce Services Announces Albany’s LIGHT Summer Youth Employment Program Registration Dates

Albany Residents Between 14- to 18-year-old Encouraged to Apply 
ALBANY, NY – The City of Albany's LIGHT (Learning, Initiative and Gaining Headway Together) Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) has announced the registrations dates for SYEP 2020. Please see attached SYEP 2020 Registration Flyer. 

“This Program is a great opportunity for young people in the City to earn money while developing good work habits and learning the responsibilities that come with a job,” said Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan. “LIGHT SYEP provides a wide variety of jobs where young people can explore their interests and grow as a person. The ‘fifth day’ enrichment introduces participants to real world practices for education and career planning such as financial literacy and knowing their rights.”

In order to register for Light SYEP, applications must be submitted by the students at one of the following locations and times:
  • Wednesday, March 11: 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Giffen Memorial Elementary School - 274 S. Pearl St.  12202
  • Wednesday, March 18: 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Albany High School - 700 Washington Ave. 12203
  • Saturday, March 21: 9 a.m.-12 p.m. TOAST - 94 Delaware Ave. 12202
  • Saturday, March 28: 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Bleecker Stadium - 721 Clinton Ave. 12206
Applications submitted by mail will not be accepted and will be mailed back to the student(s).

Applications will not be accepted without the following documents:
  • 1 copy of the student’s Social Security card
  • 1 copy of the student’s Birth Certificate
  • The original and 1 copy of the student’s Albany City School District Working Paper card (if under 18 years old)
  • 1 copy of the student’s current picture ID (if 18 years of age or older)
  • 1 copy of the student’s alien resident card with alien registration number and date of entry to US (if not a US citizen) 

Applications are also available at:
  • All Albany middle and high school guidance and/or business offices
  • The Department of Youth and Workforce Services: 175 Central Ave. – 2nd Floor OR 382 Clinton Ave. – Youth Services Office
  • The Department of Recreation, 7 Hoffman Ave.
  • The Summer Youth Employment Program office, Bleecker Stadium, 721 Clinton Ave.
  • By clicking here
This award winning program is designed to provide any young City of Albany resident, age 14-18, with a summer work experience and 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. Job assignments will be mailed to the home address on file by June 24th. Participants will earn $11.80/hour.

The program runs five (5) days per week for five (5) weeks, from Monday, July 13th, to Friday, August 14th. There is a mandatory 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.

Jobs will be provided at various governmental, non-profit, and private work sites in the following fields: healthcare, City departments (including police and fire), gardening, daycare, eldercare, maintenance, the arts, and science and technology. For more information on work site examples as well as links to download application to the SYEP and Summer Youth Cadet Program click here