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You Have 2 More Weeks To Apply for the City's Summer Youth Jobs

By  Julia Bottles and Nicole Levy | February 6, 2017 12:08pm | Updated on March 20, 2017 1:58pm

 Applications for young New Yorkers looking for jobs this summer have been open since the second week of February.
Applications for young New Yorkers looking for jobs this summer have been open since the second week of February.
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This is your second chance to plan ahead for a profitable summer.

The application period for young New Yorkers looking for jobs this summer has been extended by two weeks to Friday, March 31, according to the city's Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD).

The Summer Youth Employment Program, which places 14 to 24 year olds in six-week entry-level positions around the city, had intially set its deadline for applications on Friday, March 17. The application period began earlier this year— the second week of February — than previously to give potential participants a chance to plan ahead for the summer, according to the DYCD.

Program participants will be selected by lottery to work in jobs at hospitals, summer camps, law firms, museums and other work sites from July 5 to Aug. 19.

The city pays participants $11 an hour for 20 to 25 hours of work a week.

"Through SYEP, younger youths learn the importance of showing up on time and working with other people," said DYCD Commissioner Bill Chong in a statement in February. "For older teens and young adults, it’s about lining up the work experience and careers in which they are interested."

There is also an employer-paid internship program called Ladders for Leaders designed for those between the ages of 16 and 22 which involves additional training. Those interested in this program must fill out an additional Ladders for Leaders application.

As part of the program, job holders who elect to have their wages direct-deposited to their bank accounts — or who open a savings account — are also eligible for 2,000 additional rewards ranging from $25 to $500 dollars. The push is part of a national effort to increase youth financial literacy.

Last year the Summer Youth Employment Program placed 60,113 participants at 10,000 work sites, according to the DYCD.