One of our Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) assistants, Jazha Thompson, was recently featured in the Queens Ledger. Jazha is a 16 year old from Brooklyn who aspires to be a professional basketball player. This is her second year with SYEP and she works in the Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens (CCBQ) Brooklyn office. Jazha said “SYEP taught me how to talk to people over the phone, take notes, and also how to behave in a professional office!”
Photo Credit: Queens Ledger. Jazha Thompson, CCBQ SYEP assistant.
CCBQ’s SYEP plays a major role in the community because for most of our youth participants, this becomes their first job and we try to place them at a site that caters to their interests and skill sets. CCBQ has over 200 sites throughout the city. We train youth workers for six weeks in work readiness, resume writing, interviewing, and financial literacy. All of the participants are expected to work 20 to 25 hours a week and are paid minimum wage. Although this summer is almost out, contact the SYEP program manager, Daniel Ng, or CCBQ SYEP, to learn more about this and other year-long youth employment programs.
See the Queens Ledger coverage of our SYEP program here.