"I had the opportunity to join the Campaign for Summer Jobs coalition to lobby for summer jobs last Wednesday, October 22. We met with New York State leaders in Albany to discuss the importance of getting more funding for the Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP). Some of the points mentioned were: the increase of minimum wage and how that affects the number of participants we serve and the numerous participants that apply but are left out because there’s not enough funding. We met with a number of Assemblyman and Assemblywoman Representatives. I had the pleasure of meeting with the Staff Director of Assemblyman Herman D. Farrell, Jr (the assemblyman for our district), he was very happy to see someone from the community. We shared some statistical information with him, showing how the SYEP program needs more funding to continue. I also had the opportunity to share the touching stories of our SYEP participants and how we changed their lives with the program.
Overall it was a really good experience, the staff were all very supportive of the program."
- Karina Munoz, SYEP Director