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Schenectady County Seeking Worksites for Summer Youth Employment Program

Photos of Summer Youth Employment Program participants from years past

Program Runs from July 8 – August 16, 2024

Schenectady County is looking for businesses to participate in the 6-week 2024 Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP). Worksite supervisors mentor youth as they learn the foundational skills of employment. All industries are welcome to participate, including childcare, clerical, maintenance/facilities, food service, retail, construction, arts/entertainment, healthcare, manufacturing, and more.

SYEP is a unique opportunity for youth to gain meaningful, on-the-job training during the summer. Youth selected to participate in the program will be assigned a worksite and are able to work for 20 hours per week and earn $15 per hour through Schenectady County Connects (Schenectady County Job Training Agency).

“Make a difference in our community by signing up to be a Summer Youth Employment Program worksite mentor,” said Schenectady County Legislator Omar McGill, Chair of the Workforce Development Committee. “Mentors help our youth discover their own strengths and potential, and SYEP is always looking for new and creative opportunities for youth participants, regardless of the business or industry. Reach out to our team if you’re interested or want to learn more about how you can support our future workforce’s pathway to success.”

Register to Become a Worksite

Worksites must provide a meaningful work experience for youth, which includes acclimating participants to the worksite environment, providing day-to-day tasks, scheduling and oversight, and mentoring and coaching to help youth learn foundational employment skills. There is no cost to the worksite, Schenectady County Connects pays all youth wages and takes on the workplace liability. For more information or to register, visit:

Questions? Call (518) 344-2737 or email