Queens Gazette: Next generation of Queens leaders work the halls of the Capitol

February 15, 2018

On January 30, hundreds of youth from across New York traversed the halls of the NYS Capitol Building for United Neighborhood House’s 18th annual Youth Action Day, where youth spoke about the importance of the Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) in their lives. Groups attended a morning rally, then proceeded to back-to-back meetings with elected officials.

SYEP is a statewide program that funds summer jobs for youth between the ages of 14 and 20. In New York City, state funds supplement City, federal, and private funds for a program that is open for 14- to 24-year-olds. Advocates asked for a $4 million increase in the SYEP budget to make up for the rise in minimum wage.

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