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Summer Program

14-20, want to earn extra money and get work experience?

See if you qualify for our summer program!

Year Round Program

16-24, looking for work, and just starting out?

We can help!

Career Exploration

Unsure of what you want or don't the next step?

We can guide you.

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Summer Program

The Summer Youth Employment & Training Program (SYEP) is for eligible 14 to 20 year old youth that are looking to:

  • Earn extra money through work and incentives

  • Get work experience through a real job

  • Learn skills needed to succeed in career and life

 

Our ideal candidates have:

  • A willingness to work hard

  • A willingness to learn and observe

  • A willingness to go the extra mile

  • The ability to follow instruction

  • A positive outlook

 

In addition to working, you may also undergo some valuable classroom activities.

Program eligibility is based on income.  Income guidelines are established by the Federal government are listed below.

Your first step to participating in the program is to fill out an application and gather the needed documents.  Please read the instructions for reporting income carefully. We sometimes have more applicants than we have funding to hire. When this happens, we are required to serve specific priority groups, according to state and federal laws. Please make sure that your application accurately reflects your status.  The application and required documents are due by May 30, 2021.

After your application and documents are received, you will undergo an interview with program staff.  You will need working papers if you are under the age of 18.  Get them from your school's guidance office.

Your best chances of getting a job are by completing and returning required materials on time, attending and participating in the interview workshop, and making a good impression at the interview. A positive attitude is a must!

 

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Cortland County's 2021 application is below!

It is a fillable PDF.

The fields at the bottom of pages 4 & 7 are configured for adults to upload signatures.

 

Please note:  the documentation requirements on page 5 of application for proof of income (W-2, paystubs, etc.) are not necessary.  The attestation signature on page 4 is all that is required for documentation of income.

Cortland County TANF Application 2021

 

Eligibility for summer employment is based only on family income guidelines established by the Federal government. Annual gross income levels for eligibility are listed below.

 

Number of People in Household                               Annual Income

1                                                                              $25,760

2                                                                              $34,840

3                                                                              $43,920

4                                                                              $53,000

5                                                                              $62,080

6                                                                              $71,160

7                                                                              $80,240

8                                                                              $89,320

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Year Round Youth Program

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) allows us to assist eligible in school and out of school youth from the ages of 16 - 24.  The WIOA program in partnership with the Career Centers is designed to give every possible advantage to those eligible to have a strong beginning to the adult half of their lives.

What we offer

  • Individual career counseling to determine what type of career you would like to pursue. We focus on in-demand occupations to ensure excellent employment prospects.

  • Evaluation of current skills and education to help you identify careers and training programs that will suit your needs and abilities

  • Diagnostic testing to identify areas for literacy improvement

  • Tutoring services for basic skills development—on site or in the community—depending on your needs

  • Work placements to help you develop real-world skills and experience

  • Support for educational programs, including BOCES and TC3

  • Connections to community agencies that provide services you need and desire

What we expect

  • ·A strong commitment to success

  • Consistent communication with youth counselors

  • Full participation in any services you choose to take advantage of

  • Attendance at scheduled appointments and workshops

  • A positive, determined attitude

  • Willingness to explore opportunities and experiences that will help open doors to a fulfilling career

To find out if you qualify for our year round program, contact your local career center and ask to speak with a youth specialist.   Here's a printable WIOA Youth Application.

 

Note: You will need working papers if you are under the age of 18.  Get them from your school's guidance office.

 
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Career Exploration

What do you want to be when you grow up?  Most of us have been asked that question, and some of us have had a ready answer.  However, many don't have an answer. As you reach high school that can become frustrating and stressful as that question becomes more serious, and we struggled to find an answer.  Know this:  You're not alone, and we can help.

Our career counselors know all about career exploration and what it's like to feel like you're making a decision that can impact the rest of your life.  We can guide you to the right path and make a plan.

To get you started, consider exploring the following sites and articles and also making an appointment with one our specialists.  Call us!

Career Zone

O*Net

Career Planning for High Schoolers

Career Vision Articles

Youth.gov

My Next Move