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Henry Street offers programs for youth seeking employment and job training and placement through the Workforce Development Center.

Summer Youth Employment Program

The Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) is the nation’s largest youth employment program, connecting NYC youth between the ages of 14 and 24 with career exploration opportunities and paid work experience each summer.

Henry Street Settlement has three SYEP opportunities available to young New Yorkers. 

  1. Community-Based Lottery  – Henry Street’s general lottery accepts youth ages 16-21. Selection for this program option is lottery based. Our team is happy to assist youth ages 14-15 in applying for providers who work with their age group. 
  2. CareerFirst @ Baruch and Wald Houses – Residents ages 14-24 of both NYCHA’s Baruch Houses and Wald Houses are eligible to apply. Selection for this program option is on a first-come, first-served basis. Worksites in this program are located in Manhattan and the Manhattan neighboring parts of Brooklyn.
  3. Emerging Leaders – Youth ages 14-24 who are homeless/runaway (residing in shelters), in foster care, are justice/court involved, or receiving ACS preventative services or cash assistance from HRA. Referrals for this program option can also be made by nonprofits and government agencies, select DOE schools (ACCESS, D75, D79, LYFE), and other social service entities. Selection for this program option is on a first-come, first-served basis. Worksites in this program are located in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx. Only applicants to the Emerging Leaders program need to input the pins below.
    1. Ages 14 & 15 use Pin WPA406689
    2. Ages 16 & over use Pin WPA313366

If you have any questions or need help with the application process, please do not hesitate to contact one of our team members—we are here to help!

Other Youth Focused Programming

Work, Learn, Grow Employment Program (WLG)

  • Applications are typically released in late September
  • Former SYEP participation is required in order to apply
  • Program operates from November – March 
  • For general inquiries contact: Lennette Octaviani, WLG Program Coordinator (

ExpandED Schools Apprenticeship – Agents of Change

Agents of Change is a Human Services Apprenticeship for youth interested in learning about emotional intelligence, social/ community issues, and careers in non-profit. 

  • Applications are released in early January 
  • Program operates from March – June
  • Participating youth are guaranteed SYEP placement 
  • For general inquiries contact: Iliana Balbuena, Youth Employment Coordinator (

Work Progress Program (WPP)

  • The Work Progress Program provides internships and other opportunities to NYC youth 18-24 years old. 
  • Program timeline varies – A current fall cohort is in operation until June 2023.
  • For general inquiries contact: Johanna Ramirez, Director of Youth Employment (

For more information, visit the DYCD Employment Programs page here and email SYEP Director Johanna at with any questions.

NYC Department of Youth & Community Development

On Ramps to Opportunities!

Are you 18-24 and in need of job assistance?

JET’s newest program, On Ramps to Opportunity, can assist you on your path to success. ORO offers:

  • Job search support
  • Resume writing
  • Interview skills
  • GED classes
  • Introductions to employers
  • Job-training connections like building systems automation, security, and additional certifications
  • Assistance applying to college
  • Paid internships
  • Mental health counseling

Call 212.478.5400 or stop by our office at 178 Broome Street for more info.

Rambler Studios

A popular internship opportunity since 2020 has been with Rambler Studios, a youth fashion-design program. Read more.


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