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Home > Leadership > Mayor > Archived Press Releases > 2015 Archives > February 2015 > 2015 Summer Youth Employment Program Is Under Way

2015 Summer Youth Employment Program Is Under Way


More than 20,000 city youth have participated in this program since 2006

February 24, 2015 — Mayor Byron W. Brown today announced that the application process for his 2015 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 jobs of the future,” said Mayor Brown.  “This program matches youth with area employers in their field of interest and also provides work-readiness training jobs to further prepare our young people.  Today I invite private sector companies to join our effort by providing additional employment opportunities to Buffalo teens.”

Today’s kick-off was held at Burgard Vocational High School, a fitting location because last summer the city teamed up with a number of partners, including BPS, NYS and Alfred State College, to create a new manufacturing program at Burgard as part of our strategic plan to better align Buffalo’s workforce/education system with industry needs and to enhance diversity in our workforce.  Burgard now serves as a pipeline of well-educated and well trained workers for advanced manufacturing careers in auto technology, welding and machine tool technology.

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 6-August 14, 2015 earning $8.75 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.

“We know many young people experience high unemployment and my administration takes this challenge very seriously,” said Mayor Brown, noting that his program has provided over 20,000 employment opportunities to youth since 2006.  “This year, we will continue to offer meaningful employment to city youth by adding funding for an additional 50 positions for at-risk youth, increasing the city’s summer youth workforce to 1,450.”

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 1, 2015.

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 1, 2015.

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.