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Catholic Charities Helps Shape Youths Futures with Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP)!

As summer quickly comes to an end, Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens would like to thank and highlight our Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) participants for their hard work and dedication this summer. This summer, the Catholic Charities SYEP in Queens provided youth ages 16 — 24, with jobs in retail, customer service, administrative assistance, environmental, law, hospital administration, food service, child care, summer camps, senior services, library assistance, sales, e-commerce, porters/custodians and food pantry assistants.

We are pleased to share that under the guidance of our programs, our youth workers successfully expanded their communications skills, while lending a helping hand to neighbors in need. Shout out to Gregory Diaz, 19, Christopher Moncada, 19, Israel Tavera, 20 and Adama Traore, 20, for their assistance in various Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens programs this summer.

Adama Traore, 20 looks back at his time at Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens with joy and gratitude: “I loved this job! I was able to meet new people and build stronger relationships with my community neighbors.”

THANK YOU TO ALL OF OUR SYEP YOUTH FOR CHOOSING Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens!

This program is funded in part by the New York City Department of Youth & Community Development.

For over 124 years, Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens, through its social services arm, Catholic Charities Neighborhood Services, Inc., has been providing quality social services to the neighborhoods of Brooklyn and Queens and currently offers 160-plus programs and services for children, youth, adults, older adults, and those struggling with mental illness. Since 1975, Catholic Charities Progress of Peoples Development Corporation, the affordable housing developer of Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens, has been transforming vacant land and buildings into affordable housing units and transforming the lives of individuals and families, and completed more than 4,450 units with supportive services for seniors, families, veterans and the formerly homeless. Since the pandemic began, Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens has provided much-needed food packages and services at 56 Catholic Charities parish-based food pantries and has distributed over $8.5 million in food assistance. Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens continues to deliver crucial mental health counseling, housing services, family services and early childhood education and COVID vaccines at a variety of locations. For more information, please visit www.ccbq.org.