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File #: Res 0002-2010    Version: * Name: NYS Legislature to fully fund summer youth employment programs.
Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Committee: Committee on Youth Services
On agenda: 2/3/2010
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: Resolution calling upon the New York State Legislature to fully fund summer youth employment programs.
Sponsors: Lewis A. Fidler, Fernando Cabrera , Maria Del Carmen Arroyo, Charles Barron, Gale A. Brewer, Inez E. Dickens, Julissa Ferreras-Copeland, Helen D. Foster, Vincent J. Gentile, Sara M. Gonzalez, Letitia James, G. Oliver Koppell, Karen Koslowitz, Brad S. Lander, Darlene Mealy, Michael C. Nelson, Annabel Palma, Diana Reyna, James Sanders, Jr., Larry B. Seabrook, Albert Vann, Jumaane D. Williams, Thomas White, Jr., Melissa Mark-Viverito, Ydanis A. Rodriguez, Daniel Dromm , James G. Van Bramer, Mathieu Eugene, James F. Gennaro, Robert Jackson, Domenic M. Recchia, Jr., James Vacca, Daniel J. Halloran III
Council Member Sponsors: 33
Attachments: 1. Hearing Testimony 2/12/10, 2. Committee Report 2/12/10, 3. Hearing Transcript 2/12/10, 4. Hearing Transcript - Stated Meeting 3/3/10
Date Ver.Prime SponsorAction ByActionResultAction DetailsMeeting DetailsMultimedia
3/3/2010*Lewis A. Fidler City Council Approved, by CouncilPass Action details Meeting details Not available
2/12/2010*Lewis A. Fidler Committee on Youth Services Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
2/12/2010*Lewis A. Fidler Committee on Youth Services Approved by CommitteePass Action details Meeting details Not available
2/3/2010*Lewis A. Fidler City Council Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
2/3/2010*Lewis A. Fidler City Council Introduced by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available

Res. No. 2

 

Resolution calling upon the New York State Legislature to fully fund summer youth employment programs.

 

By Council Members Fidler, Cabrera, Arroyo, Barron, Brewer, Dickens, Ferreras, Foster, Gentile, Gonzalez, James, Koppell, Koslowitz, Lander, Mealy, Nelson, Palma, Reyna, Sanders Jr., Seabrook, Vann, Williams, White, Mark-Viverito, Rodriguez, Dromm, Van Bramer, Eugene, Gennaro, Jackson, Recchia, Vacca and Halloran

 

                     Whereas, The Summer Youth Employment Program (“SYEP”) provides New Yorkers between the ages of 14 and 21 years of age with summer employment and educational opportunities; and

                     Whereas, According to the Department of Youth and Community Development (“DYCD”), SYEP “strives to emphasize real-world labor expectations, increase awareness of services offered by community-based organizations and provide opportunities for career instruction, financial literacy training, academic improvement and social growth;” and

                     Whereas, In 2009, the SYEP included five contracts awarded to serve 600 vulnerable youth participants including runaway and homeless youth, youth in foster care, and court-involved youth and twenty-five SYEP providers were allocated slots to serve 3,812 participants with disabilities; and

                     Whereas, SYEP benefits not only youth participants but also local businesses that are eager to partner with the Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) and tap into an energetic and ambitious pool of young workers; and

                     Whereas, SYEP offers a variety of employment opportunities including clerical work, customer service, childcare, web design and community service through various organizations such as government agencies, hospitals, summer camps, non-profits, small businesses, law firms, museums, sports enterprises and retail organizations; and

                     Whereas, In 2009, a record-high number of young people, 139,597, submitted applications to participate in SYEP, but the amount of funding available only allowed 52,255 participants to enroll; and

                     Whereas, State funding for SYEP in 2009 amounted to $19.5 million which enabled the city to enroll 13,000 participants; and

                     Whereas, Summer youth employment can also help stimulate the local economy, as evidenced by the fact that DYCD found that the most common uses of earnings from the SYEP programs were food, clothing, savings, and help with household expenses; and

                     Whereas, Governor David Paterson’s proposed 2010-2011 executive budget eliminated funding for the state’s Summer Youth Employment Program; now, therefore, be it

                     Resolved, That the Council of the City of New York calls upon the New York State Legislature to fully fund summer youth employment programs.

 

 

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LS # 402

JW

Date 01/22/10