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Mayor Brown Launches Application Period For 2021 Summer Youth Internship Program

Buffalo, NY – Today, Mayor Byron W. Brown officially launched the on-line application period for his 2021 Summer Youth Internship and Employment Program and encouraged City youth between the ages of 14 and 21, as well as interested employers, to apply at Applications will be accepted until, March 31, 2021.
“My Administration remains committed to preparing city youth, of every background, to enter the workforce,” said Mayor Brown. “Through this pioneering program, the City has provided valuable work experience to over 25,500 young city residents since 2006. We are pleased to keep this strong tradition going, despite the ongoing COVID-19 global health pandemic, by implementing another year of summer employment which will provide life-changing pathways to career success.”
He continued, “This program continues to leverage the resources of not-for-profit organizations and Buffalo’s private business community to bring this opportunity to as many students as possible across the city. As we continue to shape the workforce of tomorrow, my Administration will invest $2,374,604 in this program this year, providing learn and earn opportunities to 1,500 youth. I am thankful to all of our employer partners, who play an important role in this program in exposing our young residents to the world of work. It is through continued investments and strong partnerships that we can further improve the long-term strength of our workforce.”
Mayor Brown’s Summer Youth Internship and Employment program provides 6 weeks of both in-person and virtual employment, as well as work-readiness training, to youth in the city of Buffalo during the summer months. Students will work 20 hours per week over the course of the 6-week program, which begins July 12, 2021 and ends August 20, 2021.
Applying is easy. City youth can apply online ONLY at No mail-in or in-person drop off of applications will be accepted. Again, all applications will be accepted online only at MSYAPP
To be eligible for Mayor Brown’s Summer Youth Internship Program, youth must be a City of Buffalo resident, between the ages of 14 and 21, and must turn age 14 by March 31, 2021. Each participant will be screened, assessed and receive job readiness, life skills and financial literacy training. 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.
In order to determine your eligibility for the Mayor’s Summer Youth Internship Program, copies of the below items must be returned with your completed application:
  1. Working Papers (obtained from your school’s counselor) 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)

Employers looking to support Mayor Brown’s youth employment program should email fcarter@city-buffalo. com. Those businesses that hire city youth may be eligible for tax credits. 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.
If you have any questions regarding Mayor Brown’s Summer Youth Internship Program application process, please contact us at (716) 851-5887.

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