SYEP: Summer Youth Employment Program


We offer GED classes in partnership with Dutchess Community College, and pay you for attendance + completion.


We provide you with training and jobs to make money!

You will receive job ready certifications for completely free


Through mentorship and training, you will set an example for the next generation and inspire others with your accomplishments.

Why YouthBuild?

Bi-Weekly Paychecks
For Preformance

Small Classes

College Credits

Hands-On Training

College & Career 

Youth Mentoring

Industry Recognized

Goal Based Education



Leadership Opportunities

And More

YouthBuild believes that the goals, dreams, and aspirations of every young person are real. They are important, and they are achievable.

Young people do not need fixing; they need champions who see them for who they really are, and who they can become. Every young person possesses the potential to become a community leader and should have the opportunity to reach their full potential.

At Nubian Directions II, the Youthbuild program is geared towards helping individuals without a high school diploma to obtain their GED, all while acquiring practical skills that can positively impact their lives in the long term.

We are one of the 276 YouthBuild programs across the United States, Nubian Directions II aims to change the lives of young people by providing training, community service opportunities, and sustainable-wage jobs.

Am I Eligible To Join YouthBuild?

Age Requirement:

Between the ages of 16 and 24 on the date of enrollment.


Needs to be one or more of the following:

A member of a low-income family (including youth experiencing housing instability)

Youth in foster care ( including youth aging out of foster care )

A youth involved in the justice system

A youth who is an individual with a disability  

A child of an incarcerated parent

A migrant youth


One of the following:

Left high school prior to graduation

An individual who left high school prior to graduation and has subsequently re-enrolled (as provided in WIOA Sec. 171(e)(1) Eligible Participants).


As it relates to determining which youth are considered out-of-school youth, DOL does not consider providers of Adult Education under YouthBuild programs to be “schools.”

Therefore, WIOA Youth programs may consider youth out-of-school for purposes of WIOA Youth program eligibility if they are attending Adult Education provided under YouthBuild.

Up to, but not more than, 25 percent of the participants in the program may be youth who do not meet criteria 2 or 3 above, but they must meet the following:

Be basic skills deficient, despite attainment of a high school diploma or its state-recognized equivalent

Have been referred by a local secondary school for participation in a YouthBuild program leading to the attainment of a high school diploma.

NOTE: Male participants aged 18 or older must register for the U.S. Selective Service System ( before being provided any program services. If they turn 18 while participating, they must register at that time.

Attention young people of Dutchess County! Are you looking for a way to gain valuable job skills, make money, and have fun this summer? Look no further than the Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) coordinated by Nubian Directions II, Inc. in Poughkeepsie, NY.

The SYEP is designed to help qualified students, ages 14 to 20, prepare for future, permanent employment by providing a 6-8 week-long course that includes summer job placement and mentorship. And the best part? You can earn money while you learn! We beautify the local parks in our city, clean the streets of garbage, and plant flowers in gardens.

Hundreds of young people from throughout Dutchess County have already participated in the SYEP and gained skills in problem-solving, teamwork, communication, horticulture knowledge, stress management, fiscal management, goal setting, and employment strategies.

But the benefits don't stop there. In addition to job skills and money, participants also receive education about financial literacy and entrepreneurial training, and have the opportunity to learn about the "Path to Promise," the County's comprehensive effort to ensure all young people in the county have the assets they need to achieve their full potential as they grow into young adults.

County Executive Marc Molinaro said, “Dutchess County believes in its young people, and we continue to invest in the Youth Summer Employment Program because we’ve seen the benefits year after year: local youth gaining the skills and experience needed to become successful adults."

So what are you waiting for? Sign up now for the Summer Youth Employment Program and start your journey towards a successful future.

The SYEP is federally funded and aims to give young participants a positive work experience, explore career options, and earn a certificate that confirms their readiness for entry-level work, as defined by employers across the country. Don't miss out on this amazing opportunity!

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