Summer Youth Employment Program Program News WHDC Updates

Apply now – 2020 ARISE! Youth Development in West Harlem

March 9, 2020

NOTE: WHDC is closely monitoring official recommendations for combating the COVID-19 pandemic. Pending further updates, we are cautiously optimistic that this summer’s ARISE! program will take place. All precautions will be taken if and when the program begins. Please note that in our hopes to offer the program to West Harlem’s youth, it may also be necessary to make changes to education and employment activities. We encourage the completion of an application and will keep all youth applicants informed around each phase of the application and enrollment process. 

West Harlem Development Corporation (WHDC) is pleased to announce the 2020 ARISE! summer youth development program.  Arise! Summer Youth Employment & Education Program (SYEEP) is relaunched as ARISE! (All Rising In Strengthening Excellence).

The program will provide West Harlem youth (at least 14 years of age) with six (6) weeks of paid ($15/hour) summer employment that will include worksite responsibilities and academic enrichment. Elements of ARISE! include job readiness, NYS Regents/SAT/ACT prep, mentorship, weekly trips, and participation in community service activities.

2020 Program Dates: Monday, July 6th – Friday, August 14th

1) At least 14 years of age by July 6, 2020
2) Current student (8th – 11th grade)
3) West Harlem – Manhattan Community District 9 (MCD9) resident
4) NY State Working Papers (14 – 17 years of age) 

Applications must be submitted online no later than Thursday, April 16, 2020.

The application period for Summer 2020 is now open until Thursday, April 16, 2020. For general information about ARISE!, please review the Full Program Overview. Complete the application HERE (link works best on a laptop or desktop).

Contact ARISE! Program Manager, Alicia Barksdale at 646-476-3394 or email if you have any questions. If your organization would like to serve as a 2020 ARISE! worksite hosting youth at no cost to you, please contact Ken Miles at

We look forward to this summer!