In 2009, 15.5 million children in American - more than 1 in 5 - were poor. (Children's Defense Fund)

Sunnyside Community Services


Sunnyside Community Services (SCS) serves more than 9,000 children, youth, adults, and seniors in Western Queens each year. Their mission is to enrich the lives of residents by providing caring, quality services to meet their social, health, educational, and recreational needs and thereby strengthen this multicultural community.

Campaign for Summer Jobs

United Neighborhood Houses fights for Summer Jobs for young people.

The Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) is a program that partners with New York businesses and nonprofits to provide jobs for  tens of thousands of teens each year. Occupations include serving as a camp counselor or working in a professional office, retail job or as a museum docent.

Through the Campaign for Summer Jobs, United Neighborhood Houses, along with our co-chair, Neighborhood Family Services Coalition, advocates for funding for SYEP and at the same time provides leadership opportunities for young people.

The Campaign for Summer Jobs is leading a multi-year effort to increase the number of summer jobs in New York City by 100,000 over the next five years. In 2014, advocacy by the Campaign for Summer Jobs successfully led to Mayor de Blasio including $17.5 million to create 10,000 more jobs for teens.

In New York City, there are over one million youth between the ages of 14 and 21 who are eligible for the Summer Youth Employment Program. The Campaign's goal is to see that every youth who wants a summer job can obtain one. While government funding made it possible for nearly 36,000 young people in New York City to have a summer job in 2013, a record number of approximately 135,000 youth applied.

For further information on the Campaign for Summer Jobs or for information on becoming a summer job sponsor, please contact Gregory Brender, Deputy Director for New York City Policy and Advocacy. 

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Wisdom from a few of our Youth Advocates:

"I can help my family, and save money for college." Michael, 13

"…Giving us responsibility is important, and sends the message that life is not just in the street. We need to do something productive and positive." Kimani, 17

"Jobs not only teach useful skills, but how to be responsible with money. This summer, I learned how to open my own checking and savings account. Now, I can save for the future." Tymell, 16

Latest News

Telemundo features SYEP Rally

Friday, April 10, 2015

A Spanish-language broadcast on Telemundo features Gregory Brender, Co-Chair of the Campaign for Summer Jobs, standing next to his Co-Chair, speaker Gigi Li, on the steps of City Hall during a rally to support the Summer Youth Employment Program on Wednesday, April 8, 2015.

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Program to find summer jobs for teens seeks help from city and private sector

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

A program designed to get city kids workforce experience in the summer months is hoping for some help from the private sector this year — and a boost in funding from lawmakers.

The Summer Youth Employment Program placed more than 47,000 young New Yorkers into jobs last year, a number officials hope to match or exceed.

And the need is there. The city received more than 170,000 applications from eager young people in 2014. The deadline for this year is April 10.

“We were heartened to see the Council make it a key priority last year and we are hoping they will do it again this year,” said Gregory Brender of United Neighborhood Houses, who co-chairs the Campaign for Summer Jobs. “The demand has never really met the supply. And this gives kids somewhere positive to be.”

Read the full article here. 

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