Suffolk County Offers Youth Jobs, Training Programs

Young people ages 14-24 are eligible for programs offering summer jobs and a new “taste of the trades”  offered by Suffolk County.

The county said that up to  800 youth are eligible for paid work through the Suffolk County Summer Youth Employment Program. The program gives youth the opportunity to work 25 hours per week and earn $15 per hour ($2,500 for the summer season). They will participate in a combination of onsite employment activities, virtual work readiness, and financial literacy training.

Participants will work throughout the county in offices, schools, farms and community organizations.

They may also participate in the Suffolk County Department of Labor’s new SYEP initiative called “Taste of the Trades”. Youth will obtain career awareness and job readiness skills for in-demand industries and occupations on Long Island.

“Most people are unaware of the amazing career opportunities and once they learn about them, they aren’t sure where their skills and gifts fit in the industry,” said Rosalie Drago, commissioner of Suffolk County Department of Labor, Licensing, and Consumer Affairs. “Taste of the Trades gives people an opportunity for paid experiential learning, work experience and a way to transform their passion into prosperity.”

Suffolk was awarded $1,906,794 for the 2023 Summer Youth Employment Program, funded through the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families  federal grant program. This year, 700 to 800 economically disadvantaged young people and others that are eligible for this program will work at approximately 70 sites throughout Suffolk County.

Most sites will start work on July 3 and go through Aug. 18. Youth can apply by visiting

The deadline to apply for the 2023 Suffolk County Summer Youth Employment Program is June 23 at 4 pm.

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