Submitted by Nikki Lucas
New York City has cancelled the Summer Youth Program (SYEP), but the city is launching the NeON Summer Program, which youth ages 14-24 can earn up to $1,200 for a 6 week summer program. See the details below. Note that the deadline to apply is June 15, 2020. The application link is at the bottom of this page.
A six-week (July 6 through August 14, 2020) remote learning summer immersion program connecting New York City youth between the ages of 14 and 24 with paid learning opportunities designed to build skills to succeed in the workplace, strengthen community, and support young people and their families during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Facilitated by community-based providers who specialize in employment readiness, cultural enrichment, mentorship, educational opportunities, arts programming, and mental health/wellness services —the program offers participants the opportunity to explore career interests, develop work-readiness skills, and express themselves creatively through learning experiences designed to strengthen social, civic, and leadership abilities.
NeON Summer is open to youth aged 14 to 24 years old:
- who reside in the seven Neighborhood Opportunity Network (NeON) communities of Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brownsville, East New York, Harlem, Jamaica, North Staten Island, and the South Bronx (application by lottery),
- and to all youth on probation living anywhere in New York City and other 14 to 24 year-old’s residing in the same household.
NeON Summer will meet three days a week for three-hour sessions, totaling nine hours of virtual programming per week. Sessions will be conducted in three time slots throughout the day, to give each participant the option of participating in morning, afternoon, or evening programming. Participants will receive an additional three-hours of self-guided assignments and activities to complete offline on a weekly basis to total a 12-hour weekly commitment from each participant.
Sessions will begin with a group check in, and include group-based conversations using a curriculum presented through the lens of a personal story as told by a teen, designed to promote career readiness, communication, conflict resolution, financial literacy, self-advocacy, and additional skills to prepare youth for success. During the three-hour sessions, participants will also engage in specialized interactive program activities led by community-based providers in a diverse range of creative activities and other programming such as poetry, virtual reality, theater, culinary arts, self-reflection and more!
- 4.5 hours of work readiness, career exploration and group conversation facilitated by trained staff, using scenarios written by young people as a jumping-off point for guided conversations about their futures and how to build resilience during challenging times
- 4.5 hours of specialized interactive program activities led by community-based providers
- 3 hours of self-guided learning
All participants will be eligible to earn stipends for their participation. Participants who attend all 12-hours of weekly programming, complete the three-hours of weekly self-guided activities, and meet other program requirements can receive up to $1,200 over the six-week period.
Program dates: Monday, July 6 through Friday, August 14, 2020
Application Deadline: June 15, 2020
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