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Summer Employment Opportunities for Princeton Youth Available Through Princeton Human Services

Princeton, NJ - Princeton Human Services is opening up the application process for their annual Summer Youth Employment Program. This year, the program received a $20,000 grant from the Princeton Area Community Foundation’s Greater Mercer Grants program that will greatly help the continuous growth of this program that has existed for 18 years.


The program has been a gateway for youth into the adult world of work and has provided numerous working opportunities to youth in Princeton. In the summer of 2016, SYEP provided jobs to close to 40 students in municipal departments and local non-profit organizations which included job readiness training, financial coaching and career development.


The award of the grant from the Princeton Community Area Foundation’s Greater Mercer Grants program strengthens the town’s commitment to our youth and the importance of programs like SYEP that are providing meaningful employment opportunities where participants can gain experience and develop skills. Elisa Neira, the Executive Director of Princeton Human Services said that “the program has expanded and grown in the last 3-4 years, I’m really excited to work with community partners to increase employment sites, number of participants and look for ways to grow the program even more.”


Participants must live in Princeton or attend Princeton High School, must be between the ages of 14 -18 and their family income must not exceed 400% of the 2016 US federal poverty level. Participants work 25 hours a week and earn minimum wage for 8 weeks during the summer.  


“Princeton Summer Youth Employment Program is a terrific initiative, and I’m glad to see it grow over the years. It helps our teens start to build their resumes by offering them real-world job experience, and career development training, as well as the thrill of earning a paycheck. We are grateful to the Princeton Area Community Foundation for their support for this initiative,” said Mayor Liz Lempert.


Applications will be available in April at the Princeton High School Guidance Office and at the Princeton Human Services Office in Monument Hall. You will also be able to download the application forms online at The application deadline is Friday, May 5th, 2017.


If you are interested in participating in this program and have questions, please call Princeton Human Services at (609) 688-2055 between the hours of 9:00 am and 5:00 pm or send an e-mail to


The Princeton Area Community Foundation promotes philanthropy and builds community across Mercer County and central New Jersey. It helps people and companies make effective charitable gifts and awards grants to nonprofits. Since its founding in 1991, the Community Foundation has grown into an organization with more than $140 million in assets and made grants of more than $95 million, including nearly $16 million in 2016.


Through advocacy, leadership, and collaboration, the Department of Human Services of Princeton helps to improve the quality of life of individuals in our community who are vulnerable, economically disadvantaged, or otherwise in need. The Department of Human Services coordinates and administers programs and services to the various population groups in need. The scope of services supported and provided by the Human Services Department includes programs that assist residents with limited income and resources in the areas of financial assistance, employment, housing and emergency assistance. The department also serves the community as an information and referral source for residents in need of various services.

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