Temporary Assistance To Needy Families

The New York State Legislature and the Governor make an annual budget appropriation to fund the core efforts of the Summer Youth Employment Program, using Temporary Assistance to Needy Families funding.


Griffiss Career Exploration/Oneida County School & Business Alliance (SABA)
Career opportunities at Griffiss have expanded greatly during the past few years. This project will provide work readiness through increased IT training as well as educate students about the businesses at the park. Students will participate in career exploration workforce readiness and computer skill development. 
King School Technology Center / Oneida County Workforce Development:
The Technology Center at Martin Luther King School, which was developed by the Utica Municipal Housing Authority in cooperation with the Utica City School District, is a year-round center operated by Oneida County Workforce Development providing technology classes and access for Cornhill residents. In the summer, it is used by the Summer Youth Employment Program to help youth acquire technology skills needed for employment.
A Summer Youth Employment Program participant helps a neighborhood child learn about technology during a community service part of the training program.
Preserving Our Past and Securing Our Future / Rome Historical Society:
The Rome Historical society in partnership with other highly regarded not-for-profit and businesses in Rome provides a summer work and learning opportunity. The youth will learn skills necessary for employment in a professional setting and work projects at locations such as Fort Stanwix, Rome City Parks, Capital Theatre and the Rome Historical Society. Youth will learn about career options in public service and gain valuable lessons of community involvement. Youth will gain interpersonal and behavioral skills needed for the work places and improve their written and oral communications skills.
Career Options Program / Utica School District & MVCC: 
This program will allow students to reinforce the skills and other assets they develop during the school year. To gain work experience, students will be employed in various positions within the Utica City School District. The project is designed to enhance the basic educational skills of youth; encourage completion or enrollment in supplementary or alternative school programs; provide youth with exposure to the world of work; and enhance the citizenship skills of youth. The Resource Center for Independent Living will provide students with a series of employment skills and work maturity skills workshops.
Health Occupations / Oneida County School and Business Alliance (SABA):
Students will explore careers in the health industry, participate in occupational training and learn basic healthcare procedures. Students will participate in an on-the-job training/ work component at Faxton-St. Luke's Healthcare. Students will be placed in jobs depending on career interest. The program will also help students develop pre- employment skills that will help them prepare them for future employment. The long-term goal of this project is to encourage targeted youth to graduate from high school, by showing them the link between skill attainment and job opportunities.
A student worker talking about her experiences working at St. Luke’s Memorial Center.

Civil Engineering / Oneida County School and Business Alliance (SABA):
This project addresses the anticipated need for civil engineers and technicians in the Mohawk Valley. Students will participate in worksite experiences (on-the-job training) with the New York State Department of Transportation (DOT). One or two students will be placed at each worksite. Students will also receive pre-employment training and career development from SABA specialists. Student will learn basic civil engineering skills pre-employment and other work-related skills; and participate in career development and develop a career plan.
Construction Trades / Oneida County School and Business Alliance (SABA):  
Students in the program will participate in project-based learning and worksite experience. Students will also receive pre-employment training and career development from the SABA Career Specialists at Proctor High School. Students will learn basic carpentry and construction skills. They will design and build a structure. The Utica Zoo has been the project work site for the past three summers.
SYEP participants at the King School Technology Center participated in community service by helping neighborhood children also learn about computers.
Media Technology (Waterville) / Oneida County School and Business Alliance (SABA):
Students learned technology skills related to media production. Student workers learned how to work in a group and are acquiring skills and knowledge of working with media technology equipment. Students are also familiarizing themselves with Career Zone.org and have been participating in college tours and business tours. The tours assist students in exploring career areas in Media Technology. By visiting Herkimer County Community College, WKTV, Munson Williams Proctor Arts institute, and The Stanley Performing Arts Center students are gaining a reality to the career area of Media Technology and Production in the Mohawk Valley. 
Shows project participants touring WKTV.