Summer Youth Employment Program

SUMMER YOUTH EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM 2021 bannerRegistration for the 2022 City of Albany Summer Youth Employment Program (LIGHT) will be open from March 1st at 8am through March 31st at 4pm. for city of Albany youth residents ages 14- 18.  List of application requirements.

Please note, as part of the SYEP Application process, the mandatory orientation will be conducted virtually from May 16th through May 20th. Please be sure to check your email for the link to the training portal. If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact our office at 518-438-1082.

The 2022 LIGHT Program will run from July 11  – August 14. Youth employees will work up to 20 hours per week, and must meet all eligibility and orientation requirements to participant. Applications will follow a first-come, first-served process, and registration does not guarantee a paid work experience. 

The goals of the program are to:

  • Provide earned income to Albany youth
  • Introduce and prepare youth for the world of work
  • Expose our youth to the various businesses and sectors locally
  • Learn transferable skills and habits from leaders in the industry
  • Provide youth voice and added value to local businesses on special projects and day-to-day functions
  • Create a network of professionals and caring adults for Albany’s youth.

The health and safety of our communities remains our top priority and we will continue to take all appropriate measures to help keep our youth, families and staff safe. Vacations and time-off will not be permitted for youth employees. Youth who have been assigned summer school must ensure that their job does not conflict with their instruction and study time and you may use your phone, computer or tablet to complete the application. For questions, please review the 2021 online application FAQ section below. If you have any further questions, we can help by phone (518) 438-1082 or by email.  

Enrichment Friday

Enrichment Fridays are professional development days that were incorporated into the SYEP in 2015. This year, enrichment is being administered on 100% virtual platform and covers the topics that will ensures the participants success in the future. Topics that are covered include: 

  • Planning for after High School & Post-Secondary options exploring, 
  • Wellness, Financial Literacy and Education, and
  • Career Explorations. 

Participants will have the opportunity to participate in workshops with different organizations and professionals.

SYEP 2021, Enrichment Friday’s will be held on July 16th, July 23rd, July 30th, and August 6th. We are seeking individuals that are passionate about helping our young people reach their full potential and would like to facilitate a workshop with our youth employees this summer. Reach out to Diamond Quiles, Enrichment Coordinator for more information


The City of Albany's LIGHT (Learning, Initiative and Gaining Headway Together) Summer Youth Employment Program is designed to provide any young City of Albany resident, age 14-18, with a summer work experience.

The goals of the program are to:

  • Introduce and prepare youth for the world of work.
  • Help youth identify career interests and attain skills and good work habits.
  • Provide income to youth, which may also supplement family income.

LIGHT received a Livability Award from the U.S. Conference of Mayors for its Friday enrichment program, which includes a financial literacy workshop, a tour at UAlbany, a career exploration workshop, and a “Know Your Rights” program led by representatives from the Albany Police Department and the Center for Law and Justice. This “fifth day” of enrichment resulted from input from parents, participants and community leaders to make sure Albany’s youth are exposed to the broad opportunities that are available to them as they plan for their futures.

LIGHT strives to introduce and prepare youth for the world of work by helping them identify career interests and attain skills and good work habits. This is also a source of income for the participants. 

  1. Summer Youth Employment

    Physical Address
    Bleecker Stadium
    721 Clinton Ave.
    Albany, NY 12206

    Phone: 518-438-1082