NEW YORK — Under New York City’s budget agreement, $115 million will be reallocated in youth programs, which will reach about 115,000 young people in the city this summer.
“We have to be there for them and a very good result of the budget process, working with the City Council that really prioritized young people and I give them credit for that – $115 million will now be invested in summer programming,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said earlier this week.
Summer youth programs include a Summer Bridge program, which takes the place of the Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP), makes sure that the youth will be supported financially and will be able to work on career readiness while exploring the future and do important community service, according to the mayor. About 35,000 youth are expected to participate.
There will also be 2,000 school-year jobs for high-need youth.
About 500 young people also have the opportunity to serve as social-distancing ambassadors and Test and Trace ambassadors to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in the city.
“They'll get paid to do this good work, give them meaningful productive work to do, rewarding work to do, and they'll help us to keep people safe,” the mayor said.
A summer camp initiative, which combines pre-existing efforts like the COMPASS initiative, Beacon programs, Cornerstone programs, will be available for about 81,000 kids. According to de Blasio, some programs will be online, while others will be outdoors, ensuring all will be “enriching for kids.”
“They'll make a difference in their communities. They'll prepare themselves for their future. It will help our kids on the right path and help them to get compensated because we want our young people to have a positive and productive summer,” the mayor said.
The city lost millions in revenue since the start of the coronavirus outbreak and also paid out millions in unexpected expenses as officials battled the deadly virus; the initial budget proposal from Mayor Bill de Blasio was $95.3 billion.