Summer Senior Employment Program (SSEP)

After a very productive five-year collaboration with ReServe – Fedcap, WHDC is happy to announce that our West Harlem Skills Training Center will solely manage our Summer Senior Employment Program (SSEP). Since 2013, our summer program has placed older residents of West Harlem in part-time, stipend-paid positions contributing a meaningful service to their communities and helping under resourced nonprofits and public agencies to meet staffing gaps.

COVID-19 UPDATE:  From 2013 to 2019, WHDC invested $1.5M in the popular and successful Summer Seniors Employment Program (SSEP). SSEP places 100-127 CD9 seniors (55 years and older) in living-wage paid summer employment positions each year. While WHDC explores alternatives to support our seniors responsibly, we are postponing the 2020 SSEP until early September 2020, unless we will be required to cancel it for this year.

WHDC’s West Harlem Skills Training Center (WHSTC) has concluded the application process for 2020. Accepted applicants will provide payroll information and attend an orientation on the employment opportunities available for our senior residents.

For each of the past three summers, WHSTC has proudly afforded positions to hundreds of West Harlem Seniors. WHDC will pay each participant $15 an hour for up to 120 hours within the program period.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Be 55+ years old
  • Live in West Harlem (MCD9)
  • NY State ID
  • Social Security Card
  • Available to work for up to 120 hours from September 1st through October 30th 2020

The application period for SSEP 2020 is now closed. If you have any questions, please contact WHSTC at 646-518-4760 or send an email to