College/work-readiness in high school

In-School Youth Employment Program (ISY) | NYC Department of Youth & Community Development

1. How it Works

High school juniors and seniors in the In-School Youth Program will receive assistance in career exploration, college readiness, and high school graduation.

  • Must have a Social Security Number
  • Must be able to work legally in US
  • Enroll between September 1 – 30

More ways to get help with this program

Visit the websites

Visit the In-School Youth page on DYCD’s website to learn more.

Visit the Discover DYCD website to learn about all the programs In-School Youth offers.

Call 311

Ask for assistance with In-School Youth Employment Program.

Call for help

Call DYCD Youth Connect at 800-246-4646 for more information on ISY.

Visit a center

Find a center to get help in person.

2. Determine your eligibility

You may be eligible if you can answer yes to these questions:

  • Are you between 16 – 21 years old?
  • Are you a NYC high school junior or senior?
  • Do you meet one of these requirements?
    • Do you receive cash assistance or SNAP, or are you a member of a household that receives cash assistance or SNAP?
    • Are you homeless?
    • Are you a foster care youth?
    • If you do not meet one of these requirements, ISY will look at your income to see if you are eligible. You can use ACCESS NYC to screen and see if you may qualify.

Take a short survey to see if you might be eligible for this or 30 other programs.

3. What you need to include

It’s important to include the right documents when you apply. Your documents show whether the program is right for you.

This page can help you choose the right documents for your application.

School lunch eligibility does not substitute for Workforce Investment Act (WIA) income eligibility. The NYC-issued plastic Cash Assistance ID card is not sufficient proof of Cash Assistance by itself.

 

Proof of who you are

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For each person applying, any one document:

  • Birth certificate
  • IDNYC
  • Driver license or official photo I.D.
  • Official school records
  • Baptismal or another religious certificate
  • Current passport
  • Statement from an employer
  • Statement from a social services agency
  • Working papers (for applicants 17 years of age and under)
  • Military discharge form: DD-214

Proof of where you live

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For the household, any one document:

  • Current letter, lease, or rent receipt from your landlord with your home address on it
  • Utility bill (gas, electric, or water)
  • Driver license or official photo I.D. (issued within the last 6 months)
  • IDNYC
  • Cash Assistance records
  • SNAP award letter
  • Documentation from the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA)
  • Homeless shelter letter
  • Homeowners insurance policy
  • Letter or statement from a government agency
  • Insurance policy
  • Auto insurance policy
  • Proof of dormitory residence
  • Selective Service letter
  • Self-declaration from the participant
  • Statement from an employer or social services agency

Proof of your income

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For each income source of each income earner, any one document:

Wages & Salary

  • Letter from employer on company letterhead signed and dated
  • Paycheck stubs (If your pay is different each week, bring stubs from the last 4 weeks. If you are paid the same amount of money each week, bring the most recent check.)
  • Earnings records collected to support NSLP
  • NYCHA statements of family income
  • Self-declaration from the participant

Cash Assistance

  • Case profile printout
  • Cash Assistance budget letter
  • Cash Assistance I.D. card with recent withdrawal receipt
  • Federal documents indicating Refugee Cash Assistance (RCA)
  • Re-certification appointment notice

Child Support or Alimony

  • Alimony check stub
  • Letter from court

Worker’s Compensation

  • Current award letter

Pensions, Annuities, or IRA

  • Statement from pension or annuity
  • 1099-R

Proof of your selective services

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For each person applying, any one document if applicable to males 18 years of age and over:

  • Military Discharge Form: DD-214
  • Record of online registration (www.sss.gov)
  • Registered at site by local SSS registrar
  • Registration confirmed by SSS contact
  • Selective Service Registration Letter

 

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4. How to Apply

4. How to apply

Here are your options.

Apply online

You can use Discover DYCD to find programs in your area. To get started:

  1. Go to the Discover DYCD website.
  2. Select “jobs & internships” in the category field.
  3. Enter your borough and neighborhood, or zip code to begin searching.

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Apply by phone

Call DYCD Youth Connect at 800-246-4646 to apply.

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More ways to get help with this program

Visit the websites

Visit the In-School Youth page on DYCD’s website to learn more.

Visit the Discover DYCD website to learn about all the programs In-School Youth offers.

Call 311

Ask for assistance with In-School Youth Employment Program.

Call for help

Call DYCD Youth Connect at 800-246-4646 for more information on ISY.

Visit a center

Find a center to get help in person.

Updated December 20, 2017