Earlier this summer, the Erie County Department of Social Services created an opportunity for hundreds of young adults throughout Erie County the opportunity to earn money and gain valuable work experience through the Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP). Due to some additional funds that Erie County has received, many of those jobs are being extended and will continue well into this fall.

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Thanks to the Gun Violence Reduction program that was created by the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA), youth and young adults will be eligible to work summer jobs for an additional 16 to 20 weeks.

The county will work in partnership with the City of Buffalo and other local and state agencies to make these job opportunities available. Those who are eligible will be hired to work for different worksites across the county and will work up-to 25-hours-per-week while earning a wage of $15.00 per hour.

Applications are being accepted now, so if you are interested in applying, you have to do so quickly, because funds and positions are limited.

To apply, you must meet the following guidelines:

  • The applicant must be a resident of Erie County, New York,
    • Priority will be given to applicants who live in the following zip codes:
      • 14201, 14202, 14206, 14207, 14209, 14210, 14212, 14215, 14216, and 14222.
  • The applicants must be between 14 and 20-years-old, and
  • The household must meet income eligibility guidelines, which is less than or equal to 200% of the Federal Poverty Level.
    • A household is considered automatically eligible if they receive any of the following benefits:
      • Temporary Assistance,
      • Medicaid,
      • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP),
      • Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) benefits, or
      • the youth applicant receives Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

If you meet those qualifications, then you can submit a completed application to the Comprehensive Employment Division of the Erie County Department of Social Services, located at 290 Main St., on the 10th floor. You can find an entire list of the items needed to complete the application here on the Erie County website. For more information, you can visit the SYEP website here or call the Summer Youth Employment Program at (716) 858-1351.

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