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Home > Leadership > Mayor > Archived Press Releases > 2014 Archives > February 2014 > Mayor Brown Kicks Off 2014 Summer Youth Employment Program

Mayor Brown Kicks Off 2014 Summer Youth Employment Program

More Than 19,000 City Youth Have Participated In This Program Since 2006

February 6, 2014—Mayor Byron W. Brown today announced that the application process for his 2014 Summer Youth Internship Program is now underway.  The program will provide six weeks of meaningful employment and work-readiness training to city youth this summer.  He also called upon local businesses to join him in his goal of providing an increased number of summer youth employment opportunities in the city of Buffalo.

“My annual Summer Youth Internship Program is critically important to our continued effort to ensure that our young people have productive, healthy options for summer activities that prepare them for the future,” said Mayor Brown.  “I am pleased with the growing number of employers who have signed up and encourage other private sector companies to join our effort by providing employment opportunities to Buffalo teens.”

Private sector businesses can participate in the Mayor’s Summer Internship Program by hiring youth who have submitted applications with the Mayor’s 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 the summer employment opportunity, 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 with the majority working from July 7th – August 15th, earning $8.00 per hour. 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, building upon our successful 2013 where more than 1,400 City of Buffalo youth participated in this experience,” added Mayor Brown. “To accomplish this goal and provide positive opportunities for our youth, however, we need the support of our business community.”

Buffalo Youth interested in applying for Summer Jobs can download an application at or pick one up at Buffalo City Hall in room 1701. Mayor Brown’s Summer Youth Applications must be returned by Friday, May 30, 2014.

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, 2014.

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:

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

If you have any questions regarding the application, please contact us at (716) 851-5887 or 851-4001. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.