Queens leaders laud Adams administration for expanding summer jobs initiative


A number of Queens elected officials and nonprofit leaders drew on their own experience taking part in the city’s Summer Youth Employment Program while lauding Mayor Eric Adams for expanding the vital initiative.

On Wednesday, Feb. 16, the mayor announced the program’s budget will be increased to $236 million annually thanks to an agreement with the City Council.

“This historic investment in our city’s youth will make a tremendous difference for young people, their families and communities across New York City,” Speaker Adrienne Adams said. “The Summer Youth Employment Program provides participants with life-changing opportunities to gain valuable work experiences, develop new skills and receive stipends that are often a first paycheck. Expanding SYEP and other employment opportunities for young people will strengthen communities and advance public safety.”