The Summer Youth Employment Program as well as the Summer of Opportunity Program are an incredible opportunity that you don’t want to miss!

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Keep reading to find out what past Summer Youth Employment Program participants enjoyed most about their experiences!

Written Testimonials

Blake - all star photoBlake, 15
Career Ventures Program and Monroe BOCES 2

Future Astronaut
I enjoyed learning skilled trades and culinary. In skilled trades, I did stuff I did around the house so it was right up my alley. In culinary, I cook around the house, but I really like creating new things and then eating them. . . . I also learned to solder. We used a torch to put pipes together. I also cooked several dishes, but my favorite was chili fries. My Dad really loved them too!”


DiamondDiamond, 16
Culley, Marks, Tannenbaun, and Pezzulo Firm through the Law Prep Program
Future Family Court Judge
“[During this program] I liked the ability to talk to the lawyers freely. I like when the paralegals and the lawyers were giving me projects to do. . .  I learned that I don’t want to be a ‘sitting-at-the-desk’ type of lawyer that deals with real estate and wills. I want to do family law or criminal law where there is more interaction with people.”



Kasim - photo
, 17

The Seedfolk City Farm
Future Photographer
“We had a great crew this  year. I expanded my knowledge of urban agriculture. I enjoyed the workshops around non-violent communication at the Gandhi Institute. I also like working with the younger kids.”



Michael (CJ)
, 16
New York State Unified Court System

Future Navy Seal
“My favorite part of the summer youth program was going on the jail tours and when it was payday. The jail tours were an eye opening experience because I got to see things people rarely see. Also, being able to explore areas that are normally restricted was a very cool experience and feeling. . . One thing that I have learned while working at the court house was the importance of networking with new people and constantly communicating with my coworkers. You never know where life will lead you so it is important to get to know as many people as you can because that same person I met at the courthouse could be the same person that will hire me in the future.”


, 17
Emerge Partners, Inc.

Future Computer Programmer or Technician
“This summer was my first time working in a business environment. I learned so much from the people I work with. The world is getting more technical and over the past six weeks I gained a lot of experience working with computers.”



, 16
Memorial Art Gallery

Future Nurse
“My favorite part of the summer was learning as well as working. It’s been a great experience. At first I came in so nervous, but it has prepped me for a year-round job. ”



, 17
Cornell Cooperative Extension for Monroe County

Future Chef or Marine
“This program helped me to learn skills that I can use in the future. It was great to get out of the house and meet new people. I also learned a lot from my supervisor. She taught me how to be organized and stay on track.”



, 17
ARC of Monroe County

Future Graphic Designer
“Growing up I had to rely a lot on myself. This program helped me to figure out that you can rely on other people. It also gave me the experience to figure out how to get where I want to be.”



, 16
Regional Center for Independent Living

Future Lawyer
“I loved learning about and creating a website with my coworkers. I also enjoyed the community outreach we did. We put on a poetry slam and helped out at the ADA picnic.”



, 17
Youth Exploring Entrepreneurial Program

Future U.S. Marshall
“My favorite part of the summer program was developing my own business. I created a sports drink called Infinity Sports Drink. I also learned how to handle myself under pressure and I was able to develop my public speaking skills.”



, 16
BioDrill Technologies Inc.
Future Business Woman or Accountant

“I appreciate that people took the time to consider my generation and our future. Everyone really took time to work with us and I feel lucky to have had this experience.”


Video Testimonials

Stephen, 2014 Program Participant Success Story
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Tianna, 2014 Program Participant Success Story
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