Summer jobs available for youths

Submitted by Oswego County

Oswego County Youth Works is available to help students ages 16 to 20 find summer work.

The Oswego County Youth Works Program is recruiting for the 2014 Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP). This year’s SYEP is slated to run from July 7 through Aug. 15, with most youth working 25 hours per week.  

Orientations have already been scheduled and the search has begun for interested youth throughout Oswego County.

SYEP is a grant-funded summer employment program, which is intended to provide Oswego County youth with paid work experience and valuable job readiness skills in order to help build a foundation of competencies for entering the workforce.

Funding for the program is provided by grants from TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) and the federal WIA (Workforce Investment Act).

Youth who participate in the SYEP not only earn money, but also build a stronger resume, accrue professional references and acquire both soft and hard work skills.

“We are pleased to be able to employ nearly 200 youth this summer at various worksites throughout Oswego County. This will include our expanded Conservation Corps, which will be working hard to further revitalize our local parks and nature trails,” said Christine Weaver, coordinator of client services.

Since SYEP is considered a needs-based program, certain income eligibility guidelines must be met to participate.

For example, a family of four could earn up to $47,700 and still potentially be eligible. There are a limited number for placements this year reserved for youths up to age 24, who meet specific eligibility guidelines.

Each youth’s eligibility will be determined one-on-one when they attend an orientation session. If the youth is determined to be eligible they will be invited to a Work Readiness Workshop, where they will learn more about the expectations of the world of work.

For more information on the SYEP Program, contact a Youth Works team member at 591-9000 or visit their website at www.yourcareerconnection.org.

The SYEP program is coordinated by Oswego County Workforce New York. The One-Stop Center is located at 200 N. Second St. (Route 481) in Fulton.

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