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The Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) Experience

Staten Island Community Partnership sponsored 12 Summer Youth Employees from  NYC’s Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD), ranging in ages, 14 to 22 years old. We provided each youth employee with a variety of work experience while serving the Staten Island community. We also organized several projects with the historic Reformed Church on Staten Island, Preservation League of S.I. and the Port Richmond Committee to give our participants a variety of experiences. As the weeks progressed, we saw our youth employees grow more responsible; more organized and better able to problem solve and work as a team. One of our SYEP workers shares her experience..

As a participant of SYEP for Summer 2015 with Staten Island Community Partnership (SICP), I have gained a tremendous amount of skills that will help me in seeking opportunities for future employment. During the 6-week program, I’ve improved my organizational, analytical and research skills. I also gained leadership and communication skills.

I performed inventory and auditing tasks, such as organizing and consolidating donated clothing for the Suit Up Network which helps those who are unemployed and in need of business attire. I created size labels and spreadsheets for data entry on the different kinds of clothing and sizes.

I conducted research on the health and wellness of New Yorkers, as well as Staten Island residents, for different ways to improve their daily lives. I created surveys for focus groups of seniors and families regarding their health and eating habits.

I was given the responsibility to be the team leader so I managed the activities of the younger team members and mentored them in their academic and career endeavors. I organized employee contact information and records. I assisted the younger team members with their resumes. I also received useful feedback from Angela D’Aiuto, Director of SICP, for my LinkedIn account.

My experience working with SICP has been wonderful and exciting. I’ve met a lot of fun and awesome people working here whom we all learned from one another. It is so self-rewarding when you know that you are able to help others in need.

By Nellis, Summer 2015 SYEP

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