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