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Dear Prospective SYEP Applicant:
We are happy to inform you that SYEP is accepting applications for the summer of 2023. If you are a NYC youth between the ages of 14-24 who is looking for valuable paid experience this summer, please complete the SYEP application and take the first step to beginning your career journey.
This program offers a wide range of opportunities in various industries, making it a great way to explore different career options and gain valuable skills. Whether you’re looking to get experience in your chosen field or simply want to make the most of your summer, this program is perfect for you.
What Does the Program Offer?
SYEP gives you a unique opportunity to explore their interest and discover new ones through: 
  • Career Exploration: Flex your research skills and discover new career possibilities.
  • Skill-Building Activities: Receive help with your resume, cover letters, and interview skills. Learn essential job readiness skills and workplace etiquette.
  • Project-Based Learning: NYC Teens aged 14—15 learn about career opportunities and make a difference in their communities through paid project-based activities
  • Work Experiences: Young people aged 16–24 improve their work readiness skills and explore career pathways through paid summer jobs in a variety of industries throughout NYC
  • Earn Money: Get paid to participate!  
Who is Eligible?
  • Young people age 14 to 24
  • Must be a resident of one of the five NYC boroughs
  • Legally allowed to work in the US
Don’t wait – apply today and take the first step toward building your career. To apply, please visit  
Best Regards,
The SYEP Team
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The final application deadline for Carnegie Mellon's Pre-College Programs is March 15, 2023. Please share this email with any students you think might be interested in applying to the programs below. Current sophomores and juniors who will be 16 years of age by July 2023 are eligible. We have scholarship available!

Pre-College Programs* - Summer of 2023
  • Architecture: Introduces design practice, creative problem solving, and critical thinking through a matrix of programming, celebrating curiosity and providing a strong foundation for architectural education. (4-week program)
  • Art: Uses both traditional tools and cutting-edge technologies to explore creative ideas in a college-level studio environment. Students develop both conceptual and technical skills preparing them for a wide range of opportunities in both art studies and careers. (3- and 6-week program options)
  • Computational Biology: Provides extensive training in both cutting-edge laboratory experiments to generate biological data and the computational analysis of that data. Uses real-world scenarios for exploration. (3-week program) - CLOSING SOON!
  • Design: Introduces students to the discipline of Design, provides a foundation of skills, and gives a clear idea of what to expect from a college-level accredited program. (6-week program) - CLOSING SOON!
  • Drama: Prepares students for the college audition and interview process, illustrating the kind of creativity and discipline required of students studying a Bachelor of Fine Arts Drama curriculum. Students will be introduced to the intensity of a top-rated undergraduate conservatory experience. (6-week program)
  • Music: Immerses high school students in a world-class conservatory experience within an internationally recognized university. The program mirrors the first weeks of Carnegie Mellon’s first-year undergraduate School of Music curriculum. (3- and 6-week program options, commuter part-time option)

  • National High School Game Academy: Allows high school students to experience modern video game development using industry-standard technology. Students interested in art, music and audio, game design, and software development are encouraged to apply for this interdisciplinary program. (6-week program) - CLOSING SOON!

  • Summer Session: Provides high school students with the opportunity to take summer courses offered by Carnegie Mellon. Students earn college credit while working in an academic setting that mirrors the supportive, rigorous environment of the first year of college. (6-week program)

  • Writing & Culture: Storytelling is the process of uncovering, understanding, and sharing stories. Whether through words or images, stories unite us and help create a mutual space for understanding ourselves and each other. That’s what the Pre-College Writing & Culture program works to develop: skilled, reflective, engaged storytellers who can share our stories well. (6-week program)
*Scholarships available for programs above.
Fully-Funded, Merit-Based* Pre-College Programs - Summer of 2023
  • AI Scholars: Provides opportunities for students who have been historically excluded in STEM to study artificial intelligence with full-time faculty, staff, and researchers who are leaders in the field. (4-week program, rising seniors only)
  • Computer Science Scholars: Provides students who have been historically excluded in the field of computer science an opportunity to explore the subject with full-time faculty, staff and researchers who are leaders in the field.  (4-week program, rising juniors only)
  • Summer Academy for Math and Science:  Allows students from underrepresented communities to develop a deeper understanding of STEM via traditional classroom instruction, hands-on projects, and sustained engagement with world-renowned faculty and skilled staff mentors. (5-week program, rising seniors only)
*No cost to participant.

To learn more about our programs, watch a recording of our Discover Sessions or contact us with questions.
  • The Ron Brown Scholarship application is due January 9th. Worth up to $40,000, the Ron Brown Scholarship seeks to honor African American high school seniors from low income households.


  • The Jackie Robinson Scholarship application is due January 11th. Worth up to $30,000, the Jackie Robinson Scholarship seeks to honor students who demonstrate leadership potential and a commitment to community service.

  • The YVote ChangeMaker Institute is for teens passionate about mobilizing their peers to be civically engaged, at and beyond the ballot box, around an array of issues from racial justice to mental health to economic mobility, and to being part of a youth voter and civic participation movement. YVote meets from 5-7PM on Zoom on the first Tuesday of the month and for monthly in-person Days of Action on Saturdays. (application here)
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  • The Next Generation Politics Civic Fellowship is for teens interested in participating in conversations that emphasize multiple perspectives on key civic issues of our time with experts and civic-minded young people from across the city and country. Civic Fellows meets monthly on Sunday afternoons from 1-3:30PM for a mix of in-person and Zoom-based programming. (application here)

SUNY will host a College Fair for your students and their families the evening of Thursday, September 29 at the Jacob K Javits Convention Center!

In addition to meeting with representatives from more than 50 SUNY campuses, families can attend in-person sessions to learn more about the opportunities at SUNY, financial aid, and the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP).

Students can register now at

College Fair Schedule

4:00 PM – 7:30 PM College Fair Tables
4:30 PM – 5:00 PM Presentation Session I
  Which SUNY Are You? or
  Navigating the Financial Aid Process
5:30 PM – 6:00 PM Presentation Session II
  Educational Opportunity Program or
  Navigating the Financial Aid Process
6:30 PM – 7:00 PM Presentation Session III
  Which SUNY Are You? or
  Educational Opportunity Program

We hope your students can join us!


due in February




Jimmy Rane Foundation Scholarship Provider: Jimmy Rane Foundation
Amount: $5,000
# of winners: Varies


The Generation Google Scholarship Provider: Google
Amount: $10,000
# of winners: Varies


1 for 2 Education Foundation Scholarship Provider: 1 for 2 Education Foundation
Amount: Varies
# of winners: 2


McDonald’s HACER National Scholarship Provider: McDonald’s
Amount: $100,000
# of winners: 30


Foot Locker Associate Scholarship (2023) Provider: Foot Locker Foundation
Amount: $10,000
# of winners: 30


Order Sons of Italy in America Grand Lodge of California Scholarship Provider: Grand Lodge of Massachusetts
Amount: $1,000
# of winners: 20


The Princeton Prize in Race Relations Provider: Princeton University
Amount: $1,000
# of winners: 28


National Society Daughters of the American Revolution Scholarship Provider: National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR)
Amount: $10,000
# of winners: Varies


Spencer Undergraduate Scholarship Provider: Spencer Educational Foundation
Amount: $10,000
# of winners: Varies


$500 1-minute Video Scholarship - FAFSA® & Financial Aid Provider: Going Merry
Amount: $500
# of winners: Varies


The 2023 NYC Votes Youth Ambassador Program application is officially open! The application will close on February 24 @ 5pm.

On Wednesday February 15 @ 5pm we will host a Zoom Information Session about this year’s program. You can register for that Q&A session here.

We are looking for New Yorkers ages 14-18 who are passionate about civic engagement, voting, and democracy to join our 2023 NYC Votes Youth Ambassador team! This paid opportunity will run from May - August, with an option to stay on through November 2023. Ambassadors will earn up to $225 per month for 10-15 hours of work. This is a hybrid program that will run in three phases:

• Spring: May - June (Virtual)
• Summer: July - August (In-person at 100 Church Street office in Manhattan)
• Fall: September - November (Virtual + Optional)