Summer Youth Employment And Education Programs Launched
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Schools Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott and Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) Commissioner Jeanne B. Mullgrav today kicked off the first day of the city’s summer youth employment and learning programs. The Summer Youth Experience initiative provides young people with learning and employment opportunities during the summer months and also plays a key role in the mayor’s Young Men’s Initiative. There are approximately 31,700 youth participating in the city’s Summer Youth Employment Program, Ladders for Leaders, the Young Adult Internship Program, the Young Adult Literacy Program, the Young Men’s Initiative Work Progress Program, and two new programs, NYC Summer Quest, and Summer Scholars, a Career and Technical Education summer jobs pilot.
The Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City and the Fund for Public Schools launched a fundraising campaign this year to offer expanded opportunities for youth. Over $6 million from more than 80 donors has been raised for this summer’s programs. The mayor made the announcement at the Queens Botanical Garden in Flushing, where 35 summer youth employees will take on positions as garden greeters, horticulture aides, and aides to the Children’s Garden.
“With many young people now struggling to find employment, opportunities for summer jobs are very welcome, Bloomberg said. “These programs help working families, keep kids in school, and help students do better on Regents exams and increases graduation rates. We are grateful to the more than 80 corporate and philanthropic sponsors for their support of our city’s young people this summer.”
“I am excited to launch two new Department of Education initiatives, NYC Summer Quest and Career and Technical Education Summer Scholars, that are providing more opportunities for our students – putting them on a path to college and career readiness from elementary school through high school,” Walcott said. “The research is clear that summer learning loss disproportionately impacts our most vulnerable lowincome students, which is why it is so important that we continue to support our city’s summer jobs programs and pilot new initiatives such as the ones we are announcing today.”
“I want to thank our private partners for their investment in our young people and the future of our city,” Mullgrav said. “In the short-term, these jobs will mean learning new skills and earning extra money for tuition, books and household expenses. But in the long-term, this experience in the world of work is just the first step toward a lifetime of success.”
Both public and private funding has been allocated for the Summer Youth Employment Program including a $20 million city commitment, as well as $13.5 million from the state and $6.1 million from the federal government. In addition, lead supporters include the Walmart Foundation, West Harlem Local Development Corporation (WHLDC) and Goldman Sachs.
The Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City and The Fund for Public Schools are nonprofit organizations dedicated to supporting public-private partnerships throughout the five boroughs. To donate to any of these programs call 311 or visit www.nyc.gov