Summer Youth Employment Program Program News WHDC Updates

CLOSED – 2020 ARISE! Youth Development in West Harlem

May 15, 2020

COVID-19 UPDATE:  From 2011- 2016, WHDC invested $2.1M to ensure that at least 250 youth in CD9 were guaranteed slots in New York City’s Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP). In 2017, WHDC initiated its own ARISE! Summer Youth Employment and Education Program that serves 100 CD9 high school students each summer paying them living wages for participation in both employment and academic enrichment components. The latter aims to address the “summer slide” that affects some students after the school year. Through 2019, WHDC has expended $3.1M on both ARISE! and our investment in SYEP.

WHDC is closely monitoring official recommendations for combating the COVID-19 pandemic. Please note that in our hopes to offer the 2020 program to West Harlem’s youth, it is necessary to make changes to education and employment activities. We are excited to offer the educational component virtually for this summer’s ARISE! program. All precautions will be taken when the program begins. Thank you to all who have applied. We 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 revised 2020 ARISE! (All Rising In Strengthening Excellence) summer youth development program. Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, WHDC will run a modified ARISE! for the summer of 2020 from July 6, 2020 through August 14, 2020. WHDC will offer the academic enrichment component of ARISE! for six weeks on a virtual platform. There will be no worksite employment component for 2020.

WHDC’s goal is to help students learn, review, and possibly be ahead of material that may have been affected by the disruptions in the 2020 school calendar caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Student participants should be prepared for the 2020/2021 academic year. Participants will receive incentives to realize the most benefit from ARISE!. For the six weeks, they will receive a maximum stipend of $1,500 upon successful completion of all expectations. 

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) A commitment to completing the entire six (6) weeks of program without interruption

The youth application period for Summer 2020 is now closed. For general information about ARISE!, please review the Full Program Overview. The deadline for complete applications was 11:59pm Sunday, May 31, 2020.

Contact ARISE! Senior Manager Ken Miles via email if you have any questions. 

We look forward to this summer!