Last week, Gov. Cuomo announced that the state will provide $30 million to fund the Summer Youth Employment program, which supports communities across the state in creating summer jobs for youth from low-income families. This will enable some 18,000 young people to gain jobs skills this summer.

Gov. Cuomo said:

“Landing that first summer job has a positive effect on young people that spans well into adulthood. By funding these positions we are giving businesses the summer help they need, as well as creating the opportunity for youth to both earn a paycheck and learn valuable skills that will last a lifetime. I encourage those interested to contact their local social services office and find out what opportunities are available.”

In order to be eligible for the program, applicants must be between the ages of 14 and 20 and have a family income below 200% (or $39,850 for a family of three). Employers can use the funds to subsidize wages, support education and training activities, and for counseling and employment-related services, such as transportation to and from work.