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Home > Leadership > Mayor > Archived Press Releases > 2011 Archives > January 2011 > Mayor Brown Kicks Off His 2011 Summer Youth Employment Program

Mayor Brown Kicks Off His 2011 Summer Youth Employment Program

Contact: Peter K. Cutler
             (716) 851-4841


Over 13,000 city youth have participated in this program since 2006

Mayor Byron W. Brown today announced that the applications for the 2011 Summer Youth Employment Program are now available. He also called upon local businesses to join him in his goal of providing employment opportunities this summer to youth in the City of Buffalo.

“We are aggressively reaching out to several private sector companies to help provide employment opportunities for Buffalo teens for the summer,” said Mayor Brown. “This program helps us to strengthen Buffalo by properly preparing our youth for current and future employment opportunities. This program helps to achieve that outcome by first providing them with basic workplace skills and then assisting them in obtaining summer employment that provides opportunities to learn and grow.”

Since 2006, Mayor Brown’s Summer Youth Employment Program has offered 13,000 meaningful summer employment opportunities to city youth.

Private sector businesses can participate in the Mayor’s Summer Employment Program by hiring youth who have submitted applications to program. Those businesses that hire city youth may also be eligible for tax credits. If a business or any individual would like to sponsor a youth for summer employment, they may do so through the Mayor’s Fund to Advance Buffalo. Not-for-profit and community-based organizations can also participate by providing a structured and supervised work environment for the summer and, through sponsorship and donations, the City of Buffalo will subsidize the wages of youth employed in these areas.

Young people between the ages of 14-21 will be employed for 6 weeks in the summer, the majority of program participants working from July 6th – August 12th. Each participant will be screened, assessed and receive training in the following areas: job readiness, life skills and financial literacy. The City of Buffalo’s Division for Youth will provide youth counselors who will serve as monitors and provide program support for everyone participating in the program. College students are encouraged to apply as the demand is great for college age interns.

“This year, we are working aggressively once again to provide opportunities for as many youth as possible,” said Mayor Brown. “To accomplish this goal and provide positive opportunities for our youth however, we need the support of our business community.”

Youth interested in applying for summer jobs can download an application at or pick one up at Buffalo City Hall in Room 1701. All Mayor’s Summer Youth Applications must be returned by Friday, May 27, 2011.

To be eligible for this program you must be a City of Buffalo resident between the ages of 14 and 21 and you must turn age 14 by May 31, 2011.

In order to determine your eligibility for the Mayor’s Summer Youth Internship Program, the following items must be documented and returned with your completed application:

  1. Working Papers for all youth under age 18
    • Ages 14-15 (Blue Card)
    • Ages 16-17 (Green Card)
  2. Birth Certificate
  3. Proof of Buffalo Residency (Utility Bills, Lease Agreement)
  4. Family Income
  5. Social Security Card
  6. Attending School (Most recent School Report Card or Transcript)

If you have any questions regarding the application, please contact us at (716) 851-4170. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.