Meanwhile, SYEP Week (April 25 - April 29) kicked off on Monday. The primary focus of the social media campaign is to promote the extended application period, and reach as many stakeholders as possible (including young people, parents, employers, and providers) and encourage them to play a role in this year’s historic program. Youth will have the chance to win an iPad by sharing personal SYEP experiences on their social media platforms using #mySYEPstory; special recognition will also be given to providers and employers whose stories best capture the spirit of SYEP. The process of collecting these uplifting narratives will help DYCD identify high-profile alumni who can be highlighted as part of SYEP’s 60th anniversary in 2023.
Also on Monday, enrollment began for Summer Rising, which is expected to serve a record 110,000 young people in kindergarten through eighth grade. New Yorkers will be directed to the Summer Rising website (nyc.gov/summerrising), which has details of the program in multiple languages, frequently asked questions, program locations, and a calendar. The link to the enrollment portal will be added to the page and will go live on Monday. DYCD is partnering with DOE to promote the program through press; communications to providers (via DYCD Connect), parents, principals, and superintendents; social media; and the DYCD newsletter, to name a few.