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Governor Cuomo Announces Summer Jobs Program Will Put More Than 18,000 Teens to Work

May 15, 2013 - Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that more than 18,000 teens will have jobs this summer through New York State’s Summer Youth Employment Program.

The State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) has distributed $25 million in funding to all 57 counties and New York City to help bring youth into the workforce, acquire skills that can help them improve in school, and propel them to greater educational and career achievements.

“The Summer Youth Employment Program offers a great opportunity for employment to teenagers and young adults in underserved communities across New York State,” said Governor Cuomo. “Introducing youth to their first job means they will gain valuable skills and experience that can help them achieve success in the future.”

Youth ages 14 to 20, whose families are recipients of public assistance, or have a family income below 200 percent of the federal poverty level, or $38,180 for a family of three, are eligible.

The funding can be used to subsidize wages, to support education and training activities, counseling and employment-related services, such as transportation to and from work or training. Youth interested in participating can contact their local department of social services.

OTDA Acting Commissioner Kristin M. Proud said: “Jobs are crucial to help teach teens responsibility, good work habits, budgeting and how to cooperatively accomplish goals in a business setting. Governor Cuomo enthusiastically supports the Summer Youth Employment Program because every year it gives employment opportunities and skills to teens who seek a brighter future.”

16 year old Onyx Wright, a student at Brewster High School has participated in the program the last two years. She described her experiences as, “Amazing! I have loved both summers. I have worked in a library and also for Head Start. I not only had fun, but it gives a student the push he or she needs to really get going and to learn people skills and responsibility.”

Onyx’ father Richard Wright said, “It gives the young people a healthy respect for what it is like to earn money and to be responsible for it.”

Robbie Harris, a senior at Copenhagen High School who got a job last summer working on a landscaping crew in Lewis County, said: “The Summer Youth Employment Program helped me in a few different ways. It gave me money throughout the summer, it helped me make a few more friends, and it also gave me more experience working which I'll be able to use after high school.”

A list of funding awards is below:

Capital Region

  • Albany - $374,178
  • Columbia - $51,356
  • Greene - $67,713
  • Rensselaer - $184,887
  • Saratoga - $146,959
  • Schenectady $146,924
  • Warren - $69,959
  • Washington - $62,452

Central New York

  • Cayuga - $100,433
  • Cortland - $110,305
  • Madison - $113,260
  • Onondaga - $603,322
  • Oswego - $228,307

Finger Lakes

  • Genesee - $67,136
  • Livingston - $116,535
  • Monroe - $871,780
  • Ontario - $98,704
  • Orleans - $58,460
  • Seneca - $49,531
  • Wayne - $93,174
  • Wyoming - $53,107
  • Yates - $41,510

Long Island

  • Nassau - $629,949
  • Suffolk - $852,582

Mid-Hudson

  • Dutchess - $259,635
  • Orange - $363,706
  • Putnam - $32,220
  • Rockland - $227,375
  • Sullivan - $111,595
  • Ulster - $192,234
  • Westchester - $649,283

Mohawk Valley

  • Fulton - $81,762
  • Herkimer - $87,667
  • Montgomery - $69,035
  • Oneida - $279,133
  • Otsego - $139,441
  • Schoharie - $56,399

New York City

  • New York City - $13,467,175

North Country

  • Clinton - $144,229
  • Essex - $47,526
  • Franklin - $85,271
  • Hamilton - $6,119
  • Jefferson - $201,509
  • Lewis - $46,736
  • St. Lawrence - $263,133

Southern Tier

  • Broome - $303,227
  • Chemung - $129,356
  • Chenango - $79,024
  • Schuyler - $30,175
  • Steuben - $147,255
  • Tioga - $58,315
  • Tompkins - $345,797

Western New York

  • Allegany - $126,045
  • Cattaraugus $143,390
  • Chautauqua - $229,254
  • Delaware - $70,283
  • Erie - $1,073,977
  • Niagara - $260,196

In 2012 the following number of youth participated in the Summer Youth Employment Program:

2012 Summer Youth Employment Program Participants by County
CountyParticipants
Albany763
Allegany46
Broome217
Cattaraugus141
Cayuga49
Chautauqua139
Chemung88
Chenango49
Clinton94
Columbia34
Cortland61
Delaware65
Dutchess99
Erie758
Essex28
Franklin41
Fulton43
Genesee37
Greene45
Hamilton7
Herkimer87
Jefferson102
Lewis23
Livingston50
Madison69
Monroe466
Montgomery47
Nassau180
Niagara98
NYC9,240
Oneida395
Onondaga388
Ontario70
Orange199
Orleans33
Oswego134
Otsego96
Putnam14
Rensselaer176
Rockland162
St. Lawrence122
Saratoga86
Schenectady124
Schoharie42
Schuyler17
Seneca33
Steuben81
Suffolk580
Sullivan60
Tioga40
Tompkins182
Ulster111
Warren55
Washington39
Wayne47
Westchester613
Wyoming9
Yates38
Total17,112

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