CPC Participates in SYEP Task Force
The NYC Department of Youth & Community Development (DYCD) had recently formed a task force to improve the Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) before the city releases the program's new Request for Proposal. SYEP provides thousands of youth, ages 14 to 24 years old, with a six week long summer job where they can earn a stipend, gain skills, and work experience. CPC was one of many SYEP providers who took part in the task force. In September 2017, DYCD recently released a concept paper in response to the findings of the task force. The concept paper gave providers an idea of what may be required of them during the Request for Proposal and sought feedback.
Providers have responded with concerns of the contract's reimbursement rate and program design. Raihan Mondal, a program supervisor at CPC, echoed the common concern of the contract's reimbursement rate amongst providers and greatly emphasized the need for qualified individuals to work with the youth in the program.
“You want to make sure that they could actually work with them and provide the services that we’re trying to give to them to make sure that the program is successful,” said Raihan.