February 7, 2020
Albany, NY

Governor Cuomo Announces Increased Funding for Summer Youth Employment Program is Included in FY 2021 Executive Budget

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Program Funding Increases by $1 Million to Support Summer Job Opportunities for Youth across New York State


Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the FY 2021 Executive Budget increases funding for the Summer Youth Employment program by $1 million dollars - to $45 million in total funding.

"The Summer Youth Employment program gives young people the chance to earn a paycheck while building valuable skills that will have a positive impact well into adulthood," Governor Cuomo said. "We are growing this program because it's a smart investment in the next generation of our workforce that will pay dividends for all New Yorkers."

The Summer Youth Employment program supports communities across the state in creating summer jobs for youth from low-income families. In 2019, 19,000 youths were employed through the program. These summer work opportunities allow young New Yorkers to gain new skills this summer, resulting in improved academic performance and increasing future job prospects.

To be eligible, young people must be ages 14 to 20 and have a family income below 200 percent of the federal poverty level (or $39,850 for a family of three). Employers can use the funds to subsidize wages, support education and training activities, as well as offer counseling and employment-related services, such as transportation to and from work. Young people interested in participating can contact their local department of social services. (View contact information here.)

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