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Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP)


Summer Youth Employment Program


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About the Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) 

The Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) is funded by the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA). This program is for year-round youth residents of Sullivan County ages 14-21, and starts July 8th 2024 and ends August 16th 2024, for a total of 6 weeks of employment. 

Each year, there is a variety of sites for employment both inside and outside. Job opportunities include clerical, landscaping, digital marketing, and more! We take your interests into consideration when doing job placements for SYEP. 

In 2023, participant survey 100% of participants were happy with job placement!

We want you to earn money and gain employability skills during the summer work experience. Your success in this program is our goal.









The Process

The SYEP Process: application, interview, paperwork, orientation, hire










The Application

  • Summer Youth Employment Program applications are available April 1st 2024. They must be filled in completely, signed by both the applicant and the parent/guardian, and returned by May 31st 2024. 
  • Applications can be submitted either in person at the Center for Workforce Development or via email to
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered. 
  • Click here to download the application! 








The Interview

Interview Tips infographic








SYEP Calendar

April Calendar

May Calendar

June Calendar

July Calendar

August Calendar

  • April 1st - Applications available

  • May 31st - Applications due 

  • June 3rd-21st - Interviews (By appointment only at 50 North St, Monticello, NY)

  • June 24th through 28th - Notification of employment status 

  • July 8th - Orientation (Mandatory at the Legislative Hearing Room at 100 North St, Monticello, NY)

  • July 9th through August 15th - Work days 

  • August 2nd, August 16th, August 30th - Paydays

  • August 7th - Financial Literacy Class (Mandatory; drop off in front of Sullivan County Community College Fieldhouse at 9am) 

  • August 16th - Picnic and Awards Ceremony (Mandatory)






Frequently Asked Questions

What will my work schedule be?

  • Participants are expected to commit to all weeks/days of the program. SYEP does not have make-up or vacation days.
  • Summer school obligations preclude youth from participation. 
  • SYEP Participants will work Monday through Thursday from July 8th 2024 through August 16th 2024 from 9am to 3pm. Lunches (half hour) and breaks (two 15-minute breaks) are paid. There are no alternate work hours. 
  • The end of year picnic and awards event will be on the last Friday of the program, August 16th 2024. The only Friday of work is the last day; participants will be paid to attend this event.


How do I get paid?

  • For 2024, SYEP participants will earn $15 per hour and work 24 hours weekly. Participants can earn up to $2,160 gross (before deductions) for the SYEP 2024 season. 
  • The County of Sullivan runs on a two week pay lag - this means your first paycheck will be August 2nd and your last check will be August 30th.
  • Checks can be picked up on paydays (every other Friday for a total of 3 pay days) at the Center for Workforce Development, 50 North St, Monticello NY, prior to noon. At noon, all paychecks not picked up and signed for will be mailed to the address provided on your documentation. The Center for Workforce Development is required to mail checks after this time. 
  • Checks can only be picked up by the employee/participant. Parents, siblings, legal guardians, or friends will not be allowed to pick up a check. Participant must be present to sign that their paycheck was received. 
  • You MUST notify the SYEP Coordinator if your mailing address changes. 
  • You will be paid only for hours worked, including lunch and breaks.
  • On August 16th, paychecks will be given out at end of the mandatory picnic and awards ceremony. You will be paid for this day. 


Let's talk about money infographic - SYEP participants will earn $15 per hour


How do I cash my check?

  • If you do not have a bank account, the Jeff Bank located at 19 Forestburgh Road, Monticello will cash your check with proof of identity. 
  • We will be providing you a copy of your working papers with your first paycheck; this can be used as proof of identity. 


What if I need to call out?

  • Being at work and on time each day will ensure your success in the Summer Youth Employment Program.
  • If you are going to be late to work or are not coming in, you must notify the SYEP coordinator. Please call 845-807-0618 or text 845-796-8226 PRIOR TO 9AM and leave a message stating your name, work location, and call back number. 
  • There is no pay for absences, excused or unexcused. 
  • If you need time off for an appointment and are unable to schedule it for a Friday when off, notify your work site supervisor and Youth Workforce Coordinator as soon as you are aware. 


How do I keep track of my hours?

  • Time sheets will be completed weekly with your site supervisor, must be signed by you, and be turned in to the Center for Workforce Development every Thursday. Your pay is calculated based off these time sheets.
  • Additional time sheets can be picked up from the Youth Workforce Coordinator at any point during the summer program. 
  • This is your responsibility to complete and sign weekly. Failure on your part could result in not receiving your paycheck on time. 


What do I wear to work?

  • There are two types of job sites available for SYEP participants: indoors and outdoors. 
  • Inside employees should dress nicely and be in compliance with their site's dress codes. 
  • Employees working outdoors should refrain from wearing open toe shoes, tank tops, and belly shirts. Check with your Crew Leader to determine if shorts are acceptable at your site. Older clothes work well; plan to wear a hat and long sleeves when working in a wooded area. Protective equipment will be provided if necessary. 
  • Flip flops, slides, shorts, tank tops, ripped jeans, belly shirts, sweatpants, or pajamas are not permitted at ANY site for the duration of the Summer Youth Employment Program. 
  • If you require assistance with clothing, please reach out to Krista Berger, Youth Workforce Coordinator at 845-807-0618


Is there anything else I should know?

  • You must bring your lunch each day, including snacks and beverages. If you have difficulties bringing lunch, please reach out to the SYEP coordinator at 845-807-0618 to discuss options. 
  • Outside site participants should bring a water bottle with them. 
  • You must remain on-site for your lunch and breaks.
  • Cells phone use for any reason (calls, Facetime, texting, social media, etc.) are NOT allowed during working hours. They may be used on lunch and breaks only. 
  • Work is rain or shine, so come dressed appropriately and prepared! 
  • If you are working outside, do not eat anything in the wild and do not touch wildlife. 
  • There is absolutely no smoking or vaping at any of our SYEP sites. The use of substances while working is not permitted. 
  • If you bring items to your worksite, you are responsible for them. 
  • You must clean up all garbage and after yourself. 
  • Bathroom facilities will be available at all sites. 


What's this about a picnic and awards?

  • We're glad you asked! At the end of the Summer Youth Employment Program, we celebrate YOU! The last Friday of the program will be our end-of-SYEP picnic and awards ceremony. 
  • Picnic attendance is mandator, and you are paid to attend.
  • At this event, participants, site leaders, supervisors, and supporters will meet to view a recap of the season, receive awards, and have a party! Food and games will be provided. This event is for participants only. 








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Krista Berger
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