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Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan Extends Summer Youth Employment Program Registration Through July 1

June 19, 2020

Date: June 19, 2020
Contact: David Galin

ALBANY, NY – As a result of COVID-19, the Summer Youth Employment Program was placed on pause due to the public health crisis. During the time of uncertainty, the staff at the Department of Youth and Workforce Services worked hard to re-imagine a summer program that would allow participants to explore career and educational opportunities using a virtual platform.  Online Registration is now open and has been extended through Wednesday, July 1st.  Online applications must be submitted by 4:00 P.M.

The 2020 Summer Youth Employment Program will run from run from July 20 through 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.  If you have any questions, after reviewing the 2020 online application instructions, please contact the staff at 518-438-1082 or via e-mail at
Please note, you have the ability to complete the application using your cell phone, computer or tablet.

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

Mayor Kathy Sheehan and Department of Recreation Commissioner Jonathan Jones announced the opening of the City’s Spray Pads effective Saturday, June 20, 2020. Spray pads are open seven days a week from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. and admission is free.

Spray Pads are located at the following Albany parks:
  • Colonie Street Park
    • Green area on bend near Livingston Avenue
  • Hackett Park
    • North First Street
  • Krank Park
    • 65 First Avenue
  • Black Lives Matter Park
    • 484 Livingston Avenue
  • North Swan Street Park
    • North Swan Street between 1st Street and 2nd Street
  • Ridgefield Park
    • 316 Partridge Street
  • Rosemont Park
    • 92 Rosemont Street
  • Sheridan Hollow Park
    • Sheridan Avenue and Dove Street
  • Swinburne Park
    • Clinton Avenue and Manning Boulevard
  • Westland Hills Park
    • Colvin Avenue between Central Avenue and Lincoln Avenue
  • Upper Lincoln Park
    • Morton Avenue and Delaware Avenue
Spray pads are a great way to cool down during the summer, but during the COVID-19 pandemic, there are a few extra precautions to take to make sure you have a fun and safe visit.

Be prepared: Due to COVID-19, there will be no restrooms available at our spray pads at this time. Please make sure to wash or sanitize hands before and after use. The sites should be used at your own risk.

Feeling sick? Stay home: Everyone planning on visiting a spray pad is required to self-assess. Anyone experiencing any of the COVID-19 symptoms should not use a spray pad. Symptoms can be found here on the CDC website.

Practice social distancing: Social distancing is required at our spray pads. Everyone is required to maintain a distance of at least 6 feet away from every other person at the spray pad. This does not apply to residents of the same household.
Be aware of your surroundings: Spray pad sites are unsupervised and not monitored. Make sure to closely watch the children you are with to ensure they are safe. Currently, no one should be in a group of 25 or more people to ensure continued compliance of COVID-19 restrictions. You should be mindful of the number of people at the spray pad site at all times.

Check location details: Before heading out to the spray pad in your area, you should visit the Department of Recreation Facebook page at, the Department of Recreation website, or by calling the Department of Recreation at (518) 434-5699 to ensure the site is operating.

Registration for free summer programs is now open. The program will offer outdoor day activities for youth ages 6- 13 from July 13 through August 20. Space is limited, so register here. Children must be registered by Monday, June 29, 2020.

Led by fun and caring instructors, the summer programs will provide four safe locations for residents of Albany to have their children play and be kids:
  • Hoffman Park
  • Swinburne Park
  • Arbor Hill Park
  • Westland Hills Park