The Urban Youth Jobs Program, formerly New York Youth Works, encourages businesses to hire unemployed, disadvantaged youth, ages 16 to 24, who live in the following cities and towns: Albany, Buffalo, New York, Rochester, Schenectady, Syracuse, Mount Vernon, New Rochelle, Utica, White Plains, Yonkers, Brookhaven and Hempstead.
(Note: Youth must live within the town or city limits, not a nearby area or suburb that shares the name for postal or other reasons)
Due to its success in 2012, the legislature and Governor Andrew M. Cuomo re-authorized the program, which will conclude on December 31, 2019. In January 2015, Governor Cuomo announced an additional $10 million annually through 2018 to focus on cities with the highest poverty rates.
Governor Cuomo's Urban Youth Jobs Program has two elements:
To qualify for the tax credit, your business must be certified by the NYS Department of Labor. For program year 2015 an application for certification must be received by the Department between January 1, 2015 and November 30, 2015.
The tax credit only applies to hiring employees ages 16 to 24 who are certified through the NYS Department of Labor to participate in the program. The Department of Labor will refer certified youth to your business or assist you in getting youth certified who are appropriate candidates for your business. For program year 2015 youth must start work between January 1, 2015 and December 31, 2015.
Your business may earn tax credits equal to the following amounts. If the amount of the credit exceeds your tax liability, you may receive the excess as a refund.
To be eligible for certification, your business must be:
It's quick and easy to apply for certification. Simply access the online application by clicking the link above.. All applications must be received by the NYS Department of Labor between January 1, 2015 and November 30, 2015. You can choose to receive written notice of your business certification via e-mail or the U.S. Postal Service.
If you need more information, please contact the New York State Department of Labor at NYYW@labor.ny.gov or by phone at 1-877-226-5724.
Businesses certified for New York Youth Works Program or Urban Youth Jobs Program in previous program years may re-certify by simply updating their contact information and attesting to the Terms of Service Agreement by filling out and submitting the business application.
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Need help finding a job? The Urban Youth Jobs Program can assist you! Our goal is to help you get into the workplace and succeed. First, all you have to do is get certified by the NYS Department of Labor. That's easy. Just fill out the youth application. The Department will accept 2015 applications faxed or sent via U.S. mail from youth with little or no access to a computer, but will not accept applications submitted for youth by a business or tax consultant. For program year 2015 we must receive your application by December 31, 2015. Youth who participated in previous program years must re-certify using the link below.
To participate in the Urban Youth Jobs Program, you must:
In addition, at least one of the following must apply to you:
If you need more information, please contact the New York State Department of Labor at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 1-877-226-5724.
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