In 2009, New York ranked 10th out of the 50 states in high poverty rate among its elderly.

Jacob A. Riis Neighborhood Settlement House


The mission of Jacob A. Riis Settlement House is to build and strengthen the underserved communities of Western Queens and act as a catalyst for change. Riis Settlement is a community-based non-profit organization that offers comprehensive services to the youth, adults, seniors, and families of Queensbridge, Ravenswood and the surrounding neighborhoods.

Campaign for Summer Jobs

United Neighborhood Houses fights for Summer Jobs for young people.

Campaign for Summer JobsThrough the Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP), New York businesses and nonprofits provide jobs for thousands of teens each year, occupations like 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.

In 2015, UNH celebrated a huge success with the inclusion of 50,000 SYEP jobs in the City's budget proposal; the highest number of jobs since 2009 when funding for SYEP was bolstered by the President's stimulus plan. While this still will not meet demand for a program, it represents the halfway mark in our five year effort to make sure 100,000 summer jobs are available.

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For over a decade, the Campaign has been successful in building support for tens of thousands of summer jobs. With teen unemployment at an all time high, the Campaign for Summer Jobs becomes even more important today. Budget cuts have reduced SYEP jobs to its lowest level in eleven years.

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 28,000 young people in New York City to have a summer job in 2011, a record number of approximately 131,000 youth applied.

For further information on the Campaign for Summer Jobs, please contact Gregory Brender, UNH Co-Director of Policy & Advocacy. 

Businesses can contact Jessica Ziegler, Director of Development, to find out how to become a summer job sponsor. 

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.”

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