Younger Youth Model

As 14 and 15 year olds, we believe it’s crucial that you further develop your social, civic and leadership skills before entering the workforce. By combining curriculum with hands-on tasks, project-based learning is the perfect segway while transitioning from a young middle school/high school student into a working young adult. Project-based learning experiences that closely match your interests can provide enriching career exploration, emphasize foundational work-readiness, help foster leadership, and develop social and emotional skills.

Developmentally appropriate, robust work experiences can help promote a college-bound culture and build useful transferable competencies such as leadership, teamwork, critical thinking, problem-solving, and communication.

What are the eligibility requirements?

  • 14-15 years old
  • New York City resident

What Will You Need To Apply?

  • Proof of identity
  • Proof of address
  • Proof of income
  • Eligibility to work (working papers)

What are the benefits?

  • Explore interests through project-based experiences
  • Career exploration opportunities
  • Polish work readiness and leadership skills
  • Learn to manage money
  • Build professional networks
  • Develop social and emotional skills
  • Build a foundation to better transition into traditional workplaces
  • 15 hours per week
  • Paid through a stipend

What is project-based experience actually like?

  • Work in a classroom setting with your peers and an instructor
  • Learn the curriculum respective to the theme of the project
  • Engage in a hands-on activity to manifest the concepts you learned
  • Develop a reflection piece that ties everything together

Example: If the project was based on health/nutrition, you would learn about healthy eating habits, the food industry, etc. The hands-on activity might entail growing your own garden and taking care of it, and then having a celebratory picnic at the end of the program made from the produce you’ve grown.

Start Your Application Now:

Starting in February 2023 you can apply online at: DYCD SYEP Application.

Please note that no applications will be honored after the application 3/31/2023 deadline and that participants are selected by lottery for the program.

For further information, contact the Program Coordinator:

Program Coordinator: Dan Pieters
Phone: 929-314-5370

YY Office Address:
1000 South Avenue LL2
Staten Island, NY 10314