We are the one stop workforce services.

Summer Youth Employment Program

Chautauqua Works Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) is gearing up for the 2021 Summer Program.


Each summer, Chautauqua Works connects Chautauqua County youth ages 14-20 with career exploration, workshops on job readiness, financial literacy, skills training opportunities and entry-level jobs in a variety of industries, including government agencies, hospitals, summer camps, non-profits, small businesses, museums and retail organizations. Amid the uncertainty related to the on-going Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, this year’s program may look different from the traditional program in prior years.


To be eligible for the Summer Youth Employment Program, you must:

  • Reside in Chautauqua County
  • Be between 14-20 years of age
  • Meet income eligibility guidelines (guidelines can be found on our website at www.chautauquaworks.com)


To apply for the Summer Youth Employment Program, send an email to Jody Cheney at jcheney@chautauquaworks.com or call (716) 487-5193 expressing your interest in the Summer Youth Employment Program.  Include the following information in the body of your email or phone message:

  • Youth’s First and Last Name
  • Mailing Address (including apartment number)
  • Telephone Number
  • Email Address


An Eligibility Packet will be mailed to interested individuals.  The individual will be asked to return the completed Eligibility Packet back to Chautauqua Works in a stamped, self-addressed envelope so that social distancing can be observed.  Eligibility packets will be available April 5, 2021.  Completed Eligibility Packets will be accepted until May 21, 2021. Mailed applications must be postmarked no later than May 21, 2021 to be considered for the Summer Youth Employment Program. We cannot be held responsible for lost or misdirected mail.  If you would like to download and print the eligibility packet, click here.  Send the completed packet back to Chautauqua Works, Attn:  Jody Cheney, 4 E 3rd Street, Jamestown, NY  14701.


“Chautauqua Works looks forward to conducting this program during this challenging time”, states Kathleen Geise, Executive Director, “and looks forward to working with and helping the Youth of Chautauqua County”.