The summer Youth Corps season for 2017 opened in New York City on Monday, about a month earlier than usual to allow more time to apply after more funds were allocated.
Forms for the Summer Youth Employment Program are available on the NYC Department of Youth and Community Development website (www.nyc.gov/dycd) to be filled out online, or in person at community-based organizations.
The deadline to apply is March 15. Participants of the program are selected by lottery, in a process that runs from July 5 through Aug. 19.
The program, which began in 1963, provides New York City youths between the ages of 14 and 24 with paid summer employment for up to 25 hours per week for six weeks in July and August, giving them the chance to earn wages during their months off from school. Last summer, a record 60,113 participants were employed at more than 10,000 worksites.
Workers will be paid between $10.50 and $11 per hour, depending on the number of employees in the company.
The program also offers training workshops in job readiness, financial literacy and opportunities for participants to continue their education.