Summer Youth Employment Program WHDC Updates

WHDC begins 2018 Arise! SYEEP Program on July 9th

June 15, 2018

 West Harlem Development Corporation (WHDC) Launches the 2018 Arise! Summer Youth Employment and Education Program (Arise! SYEEP)

Initiated in 2017, WHDC’s Arise! SYEEP provides West Harlem high school students ages 14 to18 with introduction to the world of work and opportunities for academic enrichment. The program will run for six weeks from July 9 – August 17, 2018. The expected 150 participating youth will be paid $13/hour for all activities engaged in during each 25-hour week. Participants work in community based organizations, judges’ offices, and local institutions. The rising freshman and sophomores work 2 days a week, while the rising juniors and seniors work 3 days a week.

For the non-work days, the participants engage in academic enrichment classes in Mathematics, STEM, Literature; and electives in Visual Arts, Chorus, and Theater. In Lunch & Learn participants welcome accomplished individuals who look like them. They hear success stories in entertainment, law, technology, business, community development, etc. Weekly field trips and community service activities are additional features of Arise! SYEEP.

The home-base of the 2018 activities will be Corpus Christi Church at 529 West 121st Street. All participants and their parents/guardians are required to attend the general orientation on June 27th at 4:00 PM.

For more information, visit WHDC’s website at or contact Program Manager, Alicia Barksdale at 646-476-3394 ext. 201