Op-ed | The whole city wins when we invest in summer jobs


This week, New York City’s Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) will conclude its 59th year of providing paid summer job opportunities to young people across the five boroughs. It has been a groundbreaking year for SYEP, thanks to the forward vision of Mayor Eric Adams, who baselined $236 million in funding to expand and enhance the program, reaching a record 100,000 participants.

This historic investment recognizes the critical, multi-faceted importance of providing enriching summer job experiences. Summer jobs have a proven a proven track record of keeping youth engaged, supporting public safety during the summer, and creating invaluable, paid career exposure to build life skills for a successful future.