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Summer Youth Employment Program 2022

What is SYEP?

The Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) connects eligible youth with career exploration opportunities and paid work experiences for six weeks each summer.  Participants have the opportunity to explore their interests, develop workplace skills and engage in learning experiences that help in developing their social, civic, and leaderships skills.  In addition to a summer job, youth also participate in work-readiness, leadership, and financial literacy training. By participating in structured work-based opportunities, youth are better prepared for careers in the future.

This summer, SYEP participants will work from July 1 to August 12, 2022, will earn $16 an hour, and work up to 30 hours a week.  You will be placed at different worksites throughout Nassau County.

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Who Can Apply?

SYEP is open to youth who:

  • Reside in the Town of Hempstead or City of Long Beach;

  • Are 16-20 years old;

  • Eligible to work in the U.S.; and

  • Are presently:

    • Receiving, or is a member of a family receiving cash welfare or receives an income that does not exceed 200% of the federal income poverty guidelines (for more information, please see here for guidelines.)

    • Homeless; or

    • A foster child

To Apply:

Please visit the HempsteadWorks office to pick up the SYEP application packet. You may also access the entire packet here.  If you are 19 and under and in high school, your parent/legal guardian must sign the forms in this packet.


Please return the packet to us with the following documents: 


  • A copy of your U.S. Birth Certificate or Alien Registration Card;

  • A copy of your Social Security Card;

  • A copy of your working papers (if you are under age 18);

  • High school record or report card (if you are 18 and under); and

  • Your Driver's License, Learner's Permit, New York State ID, or a school ID with a photograph

Our staff will be available to receive your completed packet Monday through Friday from 10 am to 12 pm, and from 1 pm to 4 pm. 

If you have any questions, please call us at (516) 485-5000 and dial #4 for Youth.

Please note: If you are found eligible for the program, you will have to get a physical examination and pass a drug test.  If you are under age 18, a parent/guardian must accompany you to get your physical and drug test.

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